Winter danceRMS Winter Wonderland Dance • Friday, December 9
6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Ruckel Cafeteria
Admission: $5 at the door

Photo booth, snacks, pizza and drinks will be available for a small fee.
Wear your festive Holiday Attire
DJ will be playing all of your favorite dance songs.

Ruckel students only!
Tyson's logo"Boxtops for Education logo"Box Tops for Education Tyson's A+ Labels
The next contest is here!
Kids-- help your family prepare that holiday dinner (if only to spot the BoxTops!). The first period with the most BoxTops turned in by
Monday, December 12, will get a breakfast to start the new year!
Turn in BoxTops to your first period teacher (Label the bag with how many you are turning in).
Teachers, look for envelopes in your mailbox. Turn all BoxTops in to the collection box in the Teachers' Lounge by Monday, December 12, to be counted for the breakfast.
Thanks for supporting your school!!
snowflakesnowflakeFirst Semester Exams
Monday, December 12 to Wednesday, December 14
See Schedule Here
Holiday Assembly • Friday, December 16 @ 7:59 am
RMS Early Release at 1:30 pm
Winter Break starts Monday, December 19
Students return Wednesday, January 4
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Our Next Assembly is Friday, December 16 at 7:59 am!
Chess Club meets on Monday, December 12 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.
Chess Flyer HERE
stop signPARENTS IN THE CAR RIDER LINE:
Please refrain from using your cell phone while you're in the student drop off and pick up line. It is distracting, slowing down the process,
and a huge safety concern to our students and faculty.
Please model responsible driving behavior for all of our future young drivers
-- actions speak louder than words.
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
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 Newest Supporters:
Platinum Level Partners:

The Brannan Family • Dr. B. Kulow, Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology

and McIntyre, Inc.
Gold Level Partners:
Simpler Carpets • Marco's Pizza • The Stephensen Family
Brenda K. Moore, D. O., P. A. • Ottesen Family Dentistry
Bronze Level Partners:
Dave Meyers • Club's Choice Fundraising • Firehouse Subs
Congratulations to the Chorus members who were selected to participate in
2017 All State Middle School Choruses
-- see here!
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Is Reading Your Thing? Join us!
"A Novel Idea" after school book club has started!
Students should contact Mrs. Eller or Mrs. Lewis for details.

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Order your Ram Pages Yearbook for 2016-2017

Read all the details in this Yearbook Order flyer!

Place your order at JostensYearbooks.com


Submit your own fun photos for the Ram Pages at ReplayIt.com
or download their app and send them from your phone.
Classes, sports, clubs, Ruckel Ram Spirit -- Share it!

Ruckel has teamed up with the Healthy Okaloosa Program
5210 Healthy Habits to Live By, which recommends:
5210 health logo5 fruits and/or vegetables
2 hours max of screen time
1 hour of physical activity
0 sugary drinks
Every Day!
Read the flyer HERE!
Success Center/After School Homework Help is now available.
Students must have a completed form on file in order to attend, which may be picked up from Guidance or from a classroom teacher. Buses will not be provided until we have 15 people registered for bus transportation home. A morning announcement will be made when we have reached our goal.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Waldhour (room 504)
Interested in volunteering at Ruckel?
Fill out the new ONLINE VOLUNTEER FORM HERE
"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!

"flamingfootball" ATTENTION ALL RUCKEL RAM SUPPORTERS!
It takes more than helmets, pads, and jerseys
to equip a safe and successful Football Team!

SEE FUNDRAISING DETAILS HERE!
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!
All Middle Schools in the Okaloosa County School District are required to have a curriculum that addresses bullying, cyberbullying, social media responsibility and drug and alcohol dangers.

Our School Resource Officer, Deputy Spooneybarger, has been trained to educate students in a meaningful and helpful way. We are conducting those presentations through seventh grade Social Studies the second nine weeks of school.

Parts of the curriculum discuss the topic of sexting, human trafficking, social media dangers, and also how bullying and cyberbullying can lead to adolescent suicide. I have watched the presentation, and Deputy Spooneybarger presents the lesson in a very professional manner. The main theme of the curriculum is that if a student is faced with any of these issues, they should speak about it to parents, teachers, administration or the SRO.

I recommend that your student participate in this training. If your child does not want to participate, she/he can let Deputy Spooneybarger and the teacher know and the student will be given an alternative lesson.
Paul Whiddon, Principal
Nurse's Corner
Healthy Okaloosa Schools Newsletter Here - October 2016
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.
"" 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.

"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.
DOWNLOAD FOR FREE TODAY!
See RMS App flyer HERE

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!
"click here to sign up for Remind service"
to sign up for updates from RMS PTO!
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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: Chess Club will meet on Mondays beginning September 26 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.
  • 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 will begin Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 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 is taking applications now. Students interested in the Robotics Team
    should 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, 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!
"canteloupe chunks" 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

APPLY FOR REDUCED OR FREE LUNCH ONLINE AT THIS LINK!
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!
"Duke TIP logo"Eligible 7th grade students are encouraged to register for the Duke University
Talent Identification Program (TIP) Talent Search.

2016 Info Letter Here
-- New!

Please visit the Duke TIP Web Site for details about the Talent Search.
The first paper application postmark deadline is
Monday, October 3, 2016.
Please call the Guidance Office at 833-4154 if you have further questions.
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 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
www.typingweb.com

Practice FSA can be found at www.fsassessments.org
Ruckel's School Financial Report is available HERE
Parents:
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
IN ACCORDANCE WITH FLORIDA LAW, PARENTS SHOULD NOT RELY ON THE SCHOOL TO PROVIDE ANY ADDITIONAL SUPERVISION

Okaloosa County Student Training Program (STP) Policy -- details here
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Ruckel Middle School Mobile Device
Acceptable Use Practices
!

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

""""The Ram Rally for Rising 6th Graders
was held in the spring

Zoning waivers are available!
"more info about Ruckel Middle School"
Visit our Academics Page for 2016-2017 Registration Forms and Curriculum Guides!
Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!
Girls Cross Country District Champions 2016
Congratulations to the
Ruckel Girls Cross Country Team
for winning the 2016
Okaloosa County District Championship!!
Go Rams!


The Boys and the Girls Cross Country Teams both came in First Place
at the 2016 FSU Invitational in Tallahassee!

Congratulations to our Ruckel Ram Champions!
Congratulations to our 2016 Ruckel District Champions
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
Visit lots of useful sites from our Educational Links Page -- here's a sample:

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"
Shop at the
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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
CHECK OUT OUR LATEST RUCKEL SPIRIT T's!
"photo of spirit shirts"
Look for us in the Locker Hall!
Send kids to school with cash or a check made out to RMS.

"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.

"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 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.
    "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!
    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RUCKEL RAMS FOR EARNING THEIR 15TH "A" RATING IN A ROW!
    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
    OKALOOSA COUNTY VOLUNTEER AFFADAVIT FORM IS NOW ONLINE!! 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


    OKALOOSA COUNTY UPDATED SPORTS FORMS
    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 the following teachers are currently teaching out-of-field in the area of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Mr. Stewart, Ms. Moore, and Ms. McClay. 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@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us.
    Content updates may be submitted to the RUCKEL webmaster here.
    Last Updated December 8, 2016