Memorial Day Holiday Monday, May 30

Tuesday, May 31st – Exams for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd period classes
Wednesday, June 1st – Exams for 4th, 5th, & 6th period classes

Students will only be required to take an exam in classes that did not have a state test.
Classes that are exempt from exams: Language Arts, Math, (including Algebra & Geometry), Civics, Physical Science, and Web Design or Intro to IT (if the certification exam was passed).
Congratulations to the members of the 2016-2017 Ruckel Cheerleading Squad!

It's time to round up all of those
Return them to the Media Center NOW, please.

They are ALL due back May 25!

Congratulations to these 15 Ruckel students who earned perfect scores on the Word
or PowerPoint certification in their Introduction to Information Technology course.
Students in this course can earn industry certifications in Microsoft Office 2013 Word,
Excel, and PowerPoint. They also earn high school credit for the IT course.
Pictured: Alia Scotka, Haley Shelton, Riley Clarke, Olivia Hooper, Athena Hobbs, Callie Russell,
Shelby Godbee, and Alex Huston. IT instructor Pat McCollough, Tessa Adams, Brian Young,
Trevor Mee, Haley Gilbert, Kelly Olson, Kayla Yabui, Damien Smith, Principal Paul Whiddon

Nurse's Corner
All medications must be brought by the parent to the nurse’s office. The parent must fill out and sign a consent form and turn it in with the medication to the nurse, Julie Riffle. No student is allowed on campus with any medication. If the student brings in medications, it can result in a discipline referral -- this is a county regulation. Download the Dispersion of Medication Form here.
Please pick up any medication that has been signed into the clinic for your child before the last day of school. That includes all medications except for daily medications, Epi pens and inhalers. Any leftover medications will be destroyed as the school will not store any medication over the summer. If you have any questions, please call the clinic at 833-4201.
Thank you for supporting
Ruckel's Relay For Life Team
this year!

Our theme was "Somewhere Over the Rainbow, We'll Find a Cure!

Ruckel Majorettes Take State Title!
The Ruckel Middle School Majorettes competed at the Miss Majorette of Florida State Team Championship in Orlando on April 23 and 24. The team earned First Place and was named the State Middle School Team Champion.Pictured: Jasmine Evans, Chloe Osbourne, Emily Key, Tessa Adams (Row Leader), Madison Frisby (Captain), Joanie Coville (Co-captain), Makayla Ernsberger, Haley Gilbert, Karli Marshall, Jillian Sewell
""Grade-Level Chess Club Champions are:
6th grade - Spencer Meyer
7th grade - Jonathan Ott

8th grade - Nick Van Nimwegan

Ruckel Rams Rule the Annual District Art Show
Ruckel submitted 100 pieces of art to the annual show and more than 50 of them were awarded
ribbons in First, Second, Third Place or Honorable Mention. One of the two highest honors was awarded
to Elizabeth Marlin, who won Best of Show in 3-D with her found objects sculpture of a saxophone.

Congratulations to Ruckel Track's Lily Holtery, who set a county record
at the Okaloosa County Championship Track Meet ! Way to go!

Spring Football practices have started. In order to participate, you must have a valid physical on file with the Front Office and your parent information sheet and fee turned in to Coach Hedges. Physical packets can be picked up in the office and you can pick up all other materials from Coach Hedges in the Field House.
Ruckel Boys Summer Basketball
Starts Sunday, May 22 -- see flyer HERE

Ruckel Volleyball Camp 2016
for incoming 6th-8th graders • Click here for Flyer
Monday, August 1 to Friday, August 5
5:00 to 7:30 pm in the Ruckel Gym

RMS Girls Soccer Tryouts are scheduled for Fall 2016 -- see Soccer Page
Treat yourself and support your school at the same time!
The Ruckel PTO has set up online fundraising with high quality Yankee Candle products now
through the end of the school year. Download the flyer for more details, or click here to shop!
Ruckel's Highest Impact Teachers
""Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart recognized teachers from across the state that produced high learning gains in their students in the areas of Reading (4-10), Math (4-8) and Algebra 1 (8-9) over a three-year period.
These educators were honored at a reception given in their honor by Okaloosa Schools County Superintendant Mary Beth Jackson.

PIctured are the Highest Impact Teachers from Ruckel: Lori Swift, Diane Amos, Sarah Lewis, Paul Whiddon, principal; Penny Parmer, Brittany Waldhour, Mary Beth Jackson, superintendant; Kendall Cragin, Deborah Eller, Mary Tucker, Dalane Fox. Not pictured, Kathy Harper
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.

In an effort to improve system practices, C.W. Ruckel Middle School is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to:

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

This survey is a requirement for our school accreditation process.

Thank you,
Paul Whiddon, Principal

""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 flyer HERE

""Eshaan Sharma won first place in Environmental Engineering at the 2016 Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair and will be traveling to the state competition in Orlando. Congratulations!
David Ott, Jackson Cook, Kailey Threet, Jonathon Ott, Page Dolloff, Emily Reid, and Kenzie Cook were also recognized for their projects -- details here.
RMS Visual Artists Recognized
Abigail Atwell received an Honorable Mention for her body of work at the recent
Van Porter Art Show. Elizabeth Marlin received the Arts & Design Society award for her Saxophone sculpture. Frank Berté was named Van Porter Artist of the Year for Eighth Grade.

Congratulations to all the Ruckel Chorus Groups for each winning straight Superior ratings in the Florida Vocal Association District 1 Music Performance Assessment!
Way to go, Rams!

Congratulations to our 2016 Ruckel Jazz Band!
They earned straight Superiors at the Florida Bandmasters Association District I Jazz Music Performance Assessment this spring in Pensacola. We were the only middle school to receive ALL superior ratings!
""Box Tops for Education Tyson's A+ For Schools Labels
The first period class collecting the most labels receiving a Donut Breakfast
on May 27 before the Memorial Day holiday.
Our opportunity to send in collected Labels for Education (Campbells labels) is ending this summer, as the Campbells program is ending as of July 31, 2016.
We still collect Tyson's A+ for schools labels AND Box Tops for Education

Thanks for supporting your school!!
""NEW REDUCED PRICE!! JUST $10! Child's Size Small ONLY still available
Help raise funds for Ruckel Middle School -- just buy a Chick-Fil-A T-shirt
and wear the T-shirt to the Niceville Chick-Fil-A on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday
-- you will receive a FREE item of the month.
Come ot the Ruckel Front Office with cash or check made out to RMS
and pick up your very own T-shirt.
T-shirt promotion good through December 2016!
""Parents of 7th grade Math 7 and Math 7A students:
Your students have access to the online Math textbook at this web address: www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com
Our 7th grade math students have a pink sheet of paper in the VIP section of their math binder with username, password, and other important information for using the online textbook. All students were guided through the process of navigating the online textbook and given an opportunity to practice on their own with a scavenger hunt. From Mrs. Amos, Mrs. Granger, and Ms. Swift
""""The Ram Rally for Rising 6th Graders
was held Thursday, March 3, 2016

Zoning waivers are available!
Visit our Academics Page for 2016-2017 Registration Forms and Curriculum Guides!
• Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!
Congratulations to our 2016 Ruckel District Champions
Boys and Girls Weightlifting • Boys and Girls Tennis • Boys Track
Boys Swimming • Girls Golf
Congratulations to our 2016 District Runners Up
Girls Track • Girls Swimming • Boys Golf
""""Congratulations to our award-winning Ruckel Rockettes!
The Ruckel Rockettes competed in one of the largest dance team competitions in the country the last weekend in January in Orlando, Florida. We are proud the Ruckel Rockettes are ranked 4th in the Nation!
Visit the Ruckel Rockettes Page to see more details!

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

Thank you to our newest Partners in Education:
Gold Level Partners in Education:
NIceville Insurance Agency
Dr. & Mrs. Darren Cook
Paul & Joan Wilkens (in Memoriam)
Black Level Partners in Education:
The Crist Family
The Cathell Familly
Huff Homes
"" Please follow directions during morning drop off
and afternoon pick up at the Car Rider Ramp.
See 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.
The RMS French Club asks, "Parlez-vous Français?"

All Ruckel Students interested in learning to speak French, learning more about the world and travel, and trying new foods are invited to join sponsor Mrs. Patterson in Room 905 (the Art room) Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
C'est magnifique!

"" Congratulations to Mrs. Brock and
Mrs. Szklarski. They have both been awarded the ACCELerator grants.
They received their grants on November 4
at an event held at the Air Force Armament Museum.

Pictured L to R: Principal Paul Whiddon; Carol Szklarski, who teaches 7th Grade Life Sciences; Scarlett Brock, who teaches 8th Grade Physical Science and STEM Education; and Vice Principal Mark Smith.

Support our Cheerleaders and show your Ruckel Spirit
with awesome blinged-out T-shirts
in Youth, Ladies and Regular sizes!

Success Center is closed for the rest of the year.
Join the Ruckel PTO today!
PTO Board Meetings will be held the second Friday of the month at 7:45 am
in the Media Center unless other notice is given.

Don't miss any PTO news -- register for Remind, a free message service, and stay in touch!
to sign up for updates from RMS PTO!
"" 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
Click Here and fill out the form to have your email address added
to our distribution list!
Do you need to unsubscribe from RMS Email? Click here for info!

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: "A Novel Idea" Book Club Tuesdays at 2:30 pm. Students should contact Mrs. Eller for additional details.
  • Chess Club: Chess Club will meet on Mondays in the Media Center 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Watch this space for updated information throughout the school year! All levels of players are welcome – beginner to expert! Contact Ms. Swift for information.
  • MathCounts We are seeking a parent volunteer to run our MathCounts program. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Watson.
  • Odyssey of the Mind 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 is taking applications now. Students interested in the Robotics Team
    should stop by Mrs. Brock's room (rm 409) to pick up an application. Completed forms are due back
    by Tuesday, September 1. See Mrs. Brock 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 and third Fridays from 7:00 to 7:30 am in the Media Center. Out first meeting will be Friday, September 4 -- 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!
"" Okaloosa County School District Food Services
Learn details about school Breakfast & Lunch programs and
other facts about our Food Services!

Ruckel Lunch Menu Here Ruckel Breakfast Menu Here

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!
• Learn about Math classes offered for High School credit here at Ruckel
• Learn about Math, IT, and Science classes offered for High School credit here at Ruckel
• Notice of instructors teaching out of field 2014-2015 ""
"" The entire committee sincerely thanks all of our sponsors who have donated their time, talent and treasure.
We proudly announce that the Edwards Family are generously funding ALL the lights for four courts! To complete our last projects of shade, seating and Eagle Ram maintenance fund, we have a few more fundraisers -- Go Eagles, Go Rams!
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 2015-16 School Performance Plan!
CW Ruckel Middle School 2013-2014 Annual School Public Accountability Report
is available at this link.
""Eligible 7th grade students are encouraged to register for the Duke University
Talent Identification Program (TIP) Talent Search.
2015 Info Letter Here.

The first paper application postmark deadline is Oct. 1, 2015, although online
registration is preferred. Please visit the Duke TIP Web Site for details about the Talent Search.
Please call the Guidance Office at 833-4154 if you have further questions.
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 "
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
Ruckel Middle School Mobile Device
Acceptable Use Practices

This form must be signed and returned to your First Period teacher.

Congratulations to our 2016 Ruckel District Champions
Boys and Girls Weightlifting • Boys and Girls Tennis • Boys Track
Boys Swimming • Girls Golf

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
Visit lots of useful sites from our Links Page -- here's a sample:

"" Need a little tutoring help at home?
Check our Links Page for online textbooks, typing, and more!
Visit the link to FDLRS info for parents on our Links Page!
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.

Shop at the
cube logo
7:00 to 7:45 am Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday!

Ruckel's One-Stop Shop for Supplies & Spirit Gear!
Open 7:00 to 7:45 am • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Look for us in the Locker Hall!
Send kids to school with cash or a check made out to RMS.

The RMS web site is only as current as the information which is provided --
if YOU have something 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!
""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.

It functions as a critical link in transitioning secondary students into successful high-skill, high-wage careers in the workforce and/or postsecondary 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.
"" 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 now 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. he Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement has a letter describing this service and a brochure you can download.
    ""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 following link http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.  Congratulations!

    Parent Resource Forms:
    • State of Florida - School Entry Health Exam - Form
    • Volunteer Affadavit - Form NOTE: Volunteer paper work has to be done EVERY CALENDAR SCHOOL year!

    Download the appropriate Okaloosa County Sports Forms HERE! Updated May 2016
    Last Updated May 27, 2016