FSA Parent Letters were sent home with your students Tuesday, February 20
8th Grade Letter 6th & 7th Grade Letter
FSA testing is approaching and we are looking for test proctors for all 6th, 7th and 8th grade classrooms. Testing takes place Tuesday, March 6, 7:45 to 10:30 am. Proctor training will be at 7:20 am the morning of testing. Proctors must have a current volunteer affidavit on file.
If you are available to proctor, please contact the Office at 833-4142.
artist toolsMark your calendar for February 22!
Okaloosa County School District and the Arts & Design Society

cordially invite you and your family to attend
The 2018 Van Porter Artist of the Year Juried Art Show for Grades 8 and 12

17 1st Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Reception and Awards Presentation Thursday, February 22, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Awards presentation 6:00 pm
• For the third year in a row, the winner is from Ruckel!
The show may be viewed during Gallery Hours February 20 to March 2, 2018
Tuesday-Friday: 12:00 to 4:00 pm and Saturday: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
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Ruckel Dance • Friday, February 23
6:00 to 8:00 pm • $5 each
Ruckel Cafeteria
Sponsored by the Ruckel PTO
Photo booth, snacks, pizza and drinks will be available for a small fee.
DJ will be playing all of your favorite dance songs.

Questions? Contact PTO Dance Coordinator Tanya Warden. Parent Volunteers with current Volunteer Affadavits are welcome to sign up to help -- see online job postings here
"Boxtops for Education logo"DEADLINE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Box Tops for Education - Thanks for bringing them in! We earned $500 from our Fall Collection -- WOW!
Help us raise money for Ruckel! It's easy to do. Just turn in any Box Tops to your first period teacher. Mrs. Swift's class came in 1st place followed by Mrs. Paul and Mrs. Nall! Please send in Box Tops to your first period teacher until Thursday, February 22! The top class with the most Box Tops will win a special treat. This will be our final collection this year, so don't hold anything back!
debate team
Ruckel Speech and Debate Team

Andrew Christy placed First in Lincoln/Douglas Debate.
Kayla and Jordan Pagan placed 1st in Interpretation
for their Duo Humorous Interpretation.
Rene Pineda placed Second and
Samuel Williams placed Third in Oratory.
Lillian Bentley and Chandler Mason also gave strong performances in Lincoln/Douglas debate.
Congratulations to everyone!
National Junior Honor Society logoNational Junior Honor Society logo
National Junior Honor Society will hold their
Spring Awards Ceremony will be held
on the evening of Monday, February 26
in the Ruckel Gym.
U.S. capitol dome Attention 7th Grade Parents: Meeting Tuesday, February 27
Parents of students interested in going on the 8th Grade trip to
Washington DC, Historic Williamsburg, and Gettysburg next November may
contact Mrs. Eller at 833-4142 or at ellerd@okaloosaschools.com

for additional information.
Call Worldstrides for info about this great experience at 1-800-468-5899.
Our trip ID# is 156135. Don't miss out!

Students can start fundraising as soon as they are registered for the trip. If your student is already signed up for the trip and wants to participate in the Candy Sale, please plan to attend this meeting to check out their candy bars!!
National Flight Academy logoNational Flight Academy Scholarship
The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Emerald Coast Post is pleased to offer a $1,250 scholarship to a 7th or 8th grade student to attend the National Flight Academy in Pensacola FL this summer. Current 7th or 8th grade students in Walton, Okaloosa, or Santa Rosa Counties are eligible to apply.
See Mrs. Nall in room 703 for an application.
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Do you want to celebrate your Ruckel 8th grade student in their final Ruckel RamPages Yearbook? Order a Baby Ad for them!

Orders are due Wednesday, February 28. The cost is $40.00.
Please contact Ms. Love at sonja.love@okaloosaschools.com
school busThe Okaloosa County School District now requires additional information if you are riding a bus not originally assigned to you (ex. going home with a friend).

Your bus note must include the following information: your first and last name,
the student's name and address you are riding with, their bus number and their
bus stop.

As always, take your note to the Front Office and a bus pass will be issued.
Don't miss your Sports Tryout Details HERE
"""" Rising 6th graders are invited to our Ram Rally
Tuesday, March 6 at 5:30 pm
in the Ruckel Gym
Controlled Open Enrollment Info Here
"more info about Ruckel Middle School"
Visit our Academics Page2017-2018 Registration Forms and Curriculum Guides
Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!
health worker clipartDuring the cold and flu season we ask that you please
keep your student at home if they are not feeling well.
It is especially important for them to be kept at home to prevent spreading germs
if they have been running a fever, have a sore throat, have been throwing up,
or have had diarrhea. Thank you for doing your part to keep our
students healthy and in school!
photo of spilled jar of coins Thanks for supporting our
Our Classroom Campaign raised $2015.29.
In April, we will have a school-wide event during the Assembly to raise additional funds for Change for Children
See more details here.

music notes on stafAll Chorus Students – Music Performance Assessment
is Tuesday, March 13.

Before and after school rehearsals have been set up to help us get ready!
See the CHARMS Calendar, as well as the calendar in the Chorus Room for specific dates. See updated rehearsals on the Chorus Page!

Chorus Students participating in the Disney Performance Trip May 17 - 19
World's Finest Chocolates are now available to sell to bring down the cost of your Disney Performance Trip.
Please see Mrs. Tredway in the Chorus Room for contact information to pick up a box and start selling.

Pop Ensemble and Sight Reading Club has resumed -- details on the Chorus Page!

Choral Music Performance Assessment is Tuesday, March 13
See extra Rehearsals HERE
red rose
Congratulations to Kathy Rittaco,
Ruckel and Niceville HS Swim coach,
for winning her second Coach of the Year Award!

Chess Club logo
The next Chess Club meeting will be Monday, February 26
2:30 to 3:30 pm in the Media Center

All levels of players are welcome - beginner to expert!
Contact Ms. Swift for more information.

Yearbook needs any pictures you have of school sports.
Specifically we could use football, soccer, basketball at this time. Any other photos will also be greatly appreciated. You can email them to sonja.love@okaloosaschools.com Thanks.Order your yearbook graphic

Order your 2017-2018 RamPages Yearbook now!!
Online orders only!
Price is now $60 each
Jostens has plans so you can make your purchase in three payments!

Visit Jostens.com to place your order!

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Ruckel Cheer competed in the UCA Southern Regional Championship at Hoover High School in Alabama in December. The team placed First out of eight teams and received a bid to the UCA National Cheerleading Championship in Orlando! Congratulations!
clipart of dancer

The Ruckel Dance Team competed in the UDA Florida State Championships Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend and won 1st place in the state in the Hip Hop division and 2nd place in the Jazz division!
Michael Wright and Mr. Whiddon
Mr. Michael Wright, Ruckel Lunch Monitor, was presented with a letter of recognition at the school board meeting on January 22.
Mr. Wright received this recognition for the above-and-beyond care he gives to students in the cafeteria.

Pictured, Mr. Wright and Mr. Whiddon
atomic molecule clipart Congratulations to Ruckel winners of the
East Panhandle Regional Science and Technology Fair in January 2018!

Christina Carter, Lindsay Marrion, Hannah Yurack, Reva Kabnurkar, Sasha Nunez, Page Dolloff, Brooke Lewis, Samuel Cary, Connor Dooly, and Charles 'Ben" Sherwin
- details here
Remember to return your overdue Library Books!

swimmer clipart
Ruckel Middle School Swim Team Tryouts will be held from February 19.

See details HERE
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Students interested in trying out for Boys Golf must sign up in Room 503, Mr. Olson's room.
See details HERE.

"" Please follow directions during morning drop off
and afternoon pick up at the Car Rider Ramp.
See Car Rider Details Here
Parents, please remember students should not be reporting to school prior
to 7:00 am as teachers are not on duty.
If your student arrives between 7:00 and 7:20 am, they are to report to the Cafeteria where a faculty member will be present. This is for the safety of your student.

Please refrain from using your cell phone while you're in the student drop off and pick up line.
MLK competition winners

Gabrielle Rico took First Place in the middle school poster competition and Gillian Bruce did a great job in the middle school oratorical competition
at the MLK Oratorical and Poster Competition 2018.
Pictured Gillian Bruce and Gabrielle Rico

pep rally scene"cheerleader pyramid"pep rally scene
Watch for our Next Assembly
stars burstingCongratulations to the Outstanding Students of the Second Nine Weeks!
6th Grade: Anna Beth Ottesen, Ava Floro, Chloe Hall, Kyle Kelly, Phillip Nguyen
7th Grade: Elaina Hayes, Bailey Tate, Nick Zagaruyka, Ryan Donaldson
8th Grade: Jack Messmore, Mary Louise Dodson, Sharren Wimer
See photos on Assemblies Page!
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Lots of great things go on at Ruckel Middle School.
Check here to see what was going on!

Become a Ruckel Middle School Partner in Education! WE NEED YOU!
It takes more than teachers, staff, parents, and students to make a strong school.
Follow this link to see how YOU can help!

THANK YOU to our Partners in Education
Platinum Level

Condo Complements
Dr. Kyle Simmers, M.D.
Gold Level
Emerald Coast Marketing & Publishing
McCarthy Medical
Swift Family
Ferrin Campbell Construction
Silver Level
The Eaton Family

Learn about becoming a Partner in Education HERE!
red rose photo
Congratulations to Ruckel's Teacher of the Year, Rita Lamberson,
and to Ruckel's Support Person of the Year, Julia Perez!

Thank you for making Ruckel Middle School the best it can be!
2017 boys cross country champs2017 girls cross country champs
Congratulations to the Ruckel Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams
for winning the 2017 Okaloosa County District Championship!! Go Rams!

Congratulations to the Ruckel Volleyball Team for winning the
2017 Okaloosa County District Championship! UNDEFEATED!!

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January 2018 Newsletter HERE

Spanish language version HERE


Please check regularly to be sure that your child has money in their Lunch Account.
clipart of art suppliesCongratulations to Anna Keim, who the Best of Show in the second annual Okaloosa County Art in the Capitol Contest in early October.
This is the second year in a row that a Ruckel Ram has won this contest! Anna's mixed media drawing, Epic, will now be on display in Tallahassee at the State Capitol during the 2018 winter legislative session. Anna's colored pencil drawing, The Barn, took second place in the Drawing category. Other Ruckel winners include three in the Batik category: Greenlee Shinn - 1st place, Katie Etan - 2nd place, and Samantha Feldman - 3rd place. These impressive pieces will be on display at the school. Go Rams!
A+ apple graphicA+ apple graphic Many tutorial resources are available on Ruckel's Links Page, including a shortcut to the Khan Academy website!
Check it out for homework help and skills development!
Check our Educational Links Page for online textbooks, typing, & more!
Visit the link to FDLRS info for parents on our Educational Links Page!

It is time for eligible 7th grade students to register for the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) Talent Search. See full details in our flyer HERE.
Please visit the Duke TIP web site here for answers to any questions that you may have about the Talent Search. Please call the Guidance Office at 833-4154 if you have further questions.

The Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search includes a group of students who have demonstrated advanced aptitudes on grade-level assessments. These students participated in taking an above-level test, either the SAT or the ACT, which provides the means to further define their potential for a higher level of learning. Duke TIP provides the participants with comparative information concerning their academic abilities and resources for unique educational opportunities. Students with qualifying scores are invited to attend a State Recognition Ceremony at designated universities.
Interested in volunteering at Ruckel?
Parents -- Join the RMS PTO!
2017-2018 Membership Form Here
"canteloupe chunks" Okaloosa County School District Food Services
Learn details about school Breakfast & Lunch programs and
other facts about our Food Services!
Please check from time to time to be sure that their child has money in their lunch account.

Ruckel Lunch Menu Here Ruckel Breakfast Menu Here

Please check weekly to be sure that your child has money in their Lunch Account.

Beginning this year, we will no longer be interrupting classes for delivery of lunches or lunch money.
You are welcome to sign in as a visitor and deliver these items to your student during their lunch time.
Due to safety issues, microwaves will no longer be available. If your student has a specific dietary
need that might require the use of a microwave please stop by our guidance office and we will
be happy to discuss this with you.

Filling out your application online will have your student enrolled in our program faster than applying
with a paper form -- click above and get started!
Shop at the
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Ruckel's One-Stop Shop for Supplies & Spirit Gear!
Open 7:00 to 7:45 am • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
"photo of spirit shirts"
Look for us in the Locker Hall!
Send kids to school with cash or a check made out to RMS.

Nurse's Corner
Healthy Okaloosa Schools Newsletter Here - November 2017
Students are not allowed to have any medication in their possession without permission from the school and their physician. Violation of this policy can result in a discipline referral. All medications must have a Dispersion of Medication form filled out and on file in the nurse's clinic. Medications that are kept in the nurse's clinic must be brought to school by the parent or guardian. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please call the clinic at 833-4201. Download the Dispersion of Medication Form here.
Be Ready For Seventh Grade Flyer -- A reminder to 6th grade parents that your child will need a Tdap vaccinebefore he or she begins 7th grade. These can be obtained privately or at the Okaloosa County Health Department at no charge.
Please bring proof of this immunization (on a Florida Certificate of Immunization Form 680) to the school Front Office so it may be entered in the system before their 7th grade school year.
All RMS students have a One Okaloosa ID for signing on to their ClassLink. Their One Okaloosa ID number two-sided instruction sheet was sent home at the beginning of the year. Please keep this information safe because the One Okaloosa ID will be used all year to access everything from home.
Also note, students may download Office 365 on up to five (5) personal devices (free). You may also find the links to ClassLink and the instruction sheet in the gold column on the left side of the Ruckel Home Page.
"mailbox graphic" Would you like Ruckel Middle School news delivered straight to your Inbox?
Sign up for the RMS Email List! Or read the latest issue in the gold column to the left. Fill out the form on this webpage to have your email address added to our distribution list! And don't forget to get our Ruckel App!
How to unsubscribe from RMS Email -- info here!

"e-devices"Is your phone or tablet your main link to the world?
Then download the new RMS App to stay up-to-date
with school news and announcements.
See RMS App flyer HERE
Be sure and check out our "school app" for Ruckel's current news, calendar and events. You may access this thru our website or by visiting: www.SchoolInfoApp.com. There are many links available, which you can customize to suit your needs. This is a great way to stay in touch with the latest news via your smartphone. If you have any questions concerning the school app, you can contact Janet Simpson at 833-4142.

The RUCKEL MIDDLE SCHOOL web site is only as current as the information which is provided --
if YOU have content to share, please email photos or information to RuckelPics@cox.net!

Messages sent to this email will only respond to RMS website issues.
Please email school administration with other questions. Thank you!
Join the Ruckel PTO today!
PTO Board Meetings will be the first Tuesday of each month, alternating between 8:00 am
and 6:30 pm, in the Media Center unless other notice is given.
See list here
Don't miss any PTO news -- register for Remind, a free message service, and stay in touch!
"click here to sign up for Remind service"
to sign up for updates from RMS PTO!
Attention! Please don't use the St. Jude's Church parking lot for picking up your kids.
We have the multiple pick up points on Ruckel Property.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC) is available to all students at Ruckel who have a family member who is active duty Military, Reserves or National Guard. See full details HERE
Club & Team Meetings
  • Academic Team: See the Academic Team page for upcoming competition and practice dates.Interested students see Ms. Love for Junior Varsity (6th grade) and Mrs. Szklarski for Varsity (7th & 8th grade).
  • Book Club: The After School Book Club will have its first meeting Tuesday, September 27, in Room 406. Students should contact Mrs. Eller or Mrs. Lewis for additional details.
  • Chess Club: The first Chess Club meets on selected Mondays, 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the Media Center. Watch this space for updated information throughout the school year! All levels of players are welcome – beginner to expert! Contact Ms. Swift for information.
  • French Club: The French Club meets Tuesdays in room 905 on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. We learn about the French-speaking world—its language, history and culture; taste wonderful new foods; and play pétanque (the French version of bocce). All Ruckel students are welcome to join us. There are no dues and the only requirement to participate is an interest in learning. Contact Mrs. Patterson for more info!
  • MathCounts MathCounts meets 7:00 – 7:30 am in Mrs. Paul's room 405. No need to sign up, just show up! We will meet each Wednesday at 7:00 am.
  • Odyssey of the Mind practice for 2016-2017 is held Wednesdays at 7:20 am in Mrs. Walls' room, #210. It is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Email Mrs. Walls or drop by room #210 for more information.
  • Rambots Robotics Team Students interested in the Robotics Team should check with their science teacher for more information.
  • Student Government Association (SGA) meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7:15 am in the Media Center. Their sponsors are Mrs. Williams and Mr. Regans.
  • The Multicultural Club celebrates diverse cultures and ethnic groups. Meetings are held on Tuesday afternoons until 3:30 pm in Mrs. Beachem's room #603. For more information, check their web page.
  • The National Junior Honor Society meets periodically to work on service projects and for induction
    ceremonies. Please visit their web page for more information.
  • The Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets on the first, third and fifth Fridays from 7:00 to 7:30 am in the Media Center. See our page for dates.
  • The Yearbook Staff meets after school on Mondays and Wednesdays in Mrs. Nall's room, room 210. Meetings end promptly at 3:45 pm.
Is your club missing? Email your information to RuckelPics@cox.net!
To protect your student's instruction time, Ruckel has implemented
a Classroom Interruption Policy - More info here.
Please become familiar with our Tardy Policy and our Checkout Policy.
Has your student been absent? Read our Attendance Policy here.
The School Advisory Council (SAC) meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month in the Media Center at 7:00 am. See Ruckel's 2016-17 School Performance Plan!
CW Ruckel Middle School 2015-2016 Annual School Public Accountability Report
is available here.
Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) TESTING INFORMATION:
Below are some links on which your students can practice…
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing --
Lots of lessons & games to practice
www.powertyping.com --
Select "Qwerty" for correct lessons

Practice FSA can be found at www.fsassessments.org
Ruckel's School Financial Report is available HERE
In our technology-rich world, our students have access to things that we may want to protect them from. Sometimes the thing we need to protect them from is themself. Sexting is becoming a wide-spread concern among teenagers in the world. Please review the Power Point link found here and have a conversation with your teenager as you see fit to inform them about the dangers of participating in this activity.
All students must leave campus after school unless they are involved "Ram World logo"
in a supervised school sponsored activity.
Florida Statute 232.25(1)and (2)
Supervision of students by school personnel is provided:
a. During the time the student is being transported to or from school at public expense
b. During the time the student is attending school
c. During the time the student is on the school premises participating with authorization in a school sponsored activity and
d. During a reasonable time (30) minutes before and after a student is on the school premises for attendance at school or for authorized participation in a school sponsored activity, and only when on the school premises

Okaloosa County Student Training Program (STP) Policy -- details here
Using a Mobile Device at Ruckel?
Be sure you've turned in the right paperwork!

Check with the Guidance Office for the current forms!

Congratulations to our 2017 Ruckel District Champions
Ruckel Volleyballl
Boys Cross Country • Girls Cross Country
Ruckel Baseball Team • Ruckel Softball Team
Ruckel Boys Tennis Team • Ruckel Girls Tennis Team
Ruckel Boys Swim Team • Ruckel Girls Swim Team
Ruckel Girls Track Team

Congratulations to our 2016 Ruckel District Champions
Girls Volleyball Boys and Girls Weightlifting • Boys and Girls Tennis • Boys Track
Boys Swimming • Girls Golf • Girls Cross Country
Congratulations to our 2015 Ruckel District Champions
Baseball • Softball • Boys and Girls Tennis • Boys Swim Team • Girls Golf
Congratulations to our 2014 Ruckel District Champions
Baseball • Girls Golf • Boys Tennis • Boys Track • Softball • Boys & Girls Soccer • Boys Swim
Amazing job, Athletes, Coaches, and Parents! GO RAMS!!

2012-2013 Ruckel Championships
Okaloosa County Schools are actively recruiting bus drivers in the North, South, and Central
areas of the county. If you are interested, please call!
North office • 689-7301 South office 833-3555 • Central office 833-4161
Bullying: Stomp it out!
Don't do it! • Don't take it! • Report it if you see it! • It's that simple.
Anonymous tip line: 833-4149
Crime Stoppers Anonymous tip line: 863-TIPS
The School District of Okaloosa County adheres to a policy of prohibiting discrimination in employment,
programs, services and activities.The district strives to provide equal opportunity for all and to identify
and overcome potential barriers to recruitment, employment, training, or promotional opportunities
for its staff and applicants.Violations of this policy will not be tolerated.

"more info on preventing bullying here"
Explore five different CHOICE opportunities at Ruckel Middle School!
Course descriptions are available HERE!

"Choice logo"The CHOICE program is an innovative, award-winning program that allows students to earn high school credits, college credits, scholarships, and professional industry certifications, all at the same time and at no cost to the student.Dept. of Economic Opportunity logo"

It functions as a critical link in transitioning secondary students into successful high-skill, high-wage careers in the workforce and/or post-secondary opportunities. The CHOICE team's focus is career-readiness because the workforce-ready student is in high demand.
Click the icons to explore the programs we offer and to learn more about the current job market and wages.

Okaloosa County School District Career and Technical Education offers programs in a dozen different areas of study. These programs are open to all eligible high school students in the district. Check out the opportunities here, including the Notice of Nondiscrimination.
"pointing hand" Remember, in order to be promoted from 8th grade to 9th grade,
you must pass all 12 core classes
-- that's four core classes per year (Math, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts).

Contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions.
See your student's grades online with the Parent Portal
Having trouble figuring out how to get your child's assignments off the new grades-on-line? Here are a couple of steps to help:
(1) Log in with your student's number. The last four digits of this number is their password.
(2) When the "report card" view comes on the screen, scroll over to the grade from the class that you would like to check. This is a hyperlink that will take you to a view of the assignments for your child in that class.
(3) To see the class work, homework, and test scores that comprise each grade (the class report page),
put cursor on grade and left click.

If you want to receive e-mail notification regarding your student’s progress, the program is a bit different now.
  • Please log into the Parent Portal, sign up for the report(s) you would like to receive, and provide your email information. You will need your student's identification number, which can be found on their schedule and begins with 46. The PIN number is the last four digits of the student ID number.
  • After receiving a verification email, grade notification emails should begin.

    You can also access the Parent Portal on your Apple devices using the iOCSD app -- click here to go to the iTunes store and download it for free!

    Please call Kim Picorossi in RMS Student Services at 833-4149 if you have questions. Thanks!
  • Public Safety alerts are available from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office via the Nixle service.
    Nixle is an on-line service that allows the Sheriff's Office to communicate with citizens in situations involving significant public safety incidents. See information flyer here.

    Parents are reminded that they can sign up for the Florida Offender Alert System at www.flsexoffender.net. This
    valuable and free service allows citizens to track Florida's registered sexual offenders and predators. The Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement has a letter describing this service and a brochure you can download.
    "Ram Expectations"These guidelines explain what's expected of every Ruckel Ram and the order of consequences for broken rules.
    Click the Ram for info!
    To learn more about the school grades for the Okaloosa School District, AYP status and school report cards,
    please visit the link
    http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/. Congratulations!
    Parent Resource Forms
    State of Florida - School Entry Health Exam Form available here
    All volunteers will now register on line with the district. This will automatically add your name as a volunteer in the School Check In system once your completed application is approved!
    Vendor's Request to Contact Principals

    Download the appropriate Okaloosa County Sports Forms HERE!
    All current Okaloosa School Documents and Policies may be found HERE in both English and Spanish. PUBLIC NOTICE: In compliance with Section 1012.42 Florida Statutes, this information is to inform you that several teachers are currently teaching out-of-field. More info available here.
    For questions about the accessibility of this website or to request access to any information currently inaccessible,
    contact the Okaloosa County School District webmaster at webmaster@OkaloosaSchools.com.
    Content updates may be submitted to the RUCKEL webmaster here.
    Last Updated February 22, 2018