First Semester Exam Schedule:
Wednesday, December 13
Thursday, December 14
Friday, December 15
Monday, December 18
Tuesday, December 19
1st and 2nd Period Exams
3rd and 4th Period Exams
5th and 6th Period Exams
Make-up Day
• Chorus & Band Concerts at 8:00 am
Black & Gold Basketball Games - schedules here

• Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm for Break

applePlease take a moment to review Ruckel's Attendance Policies here
Remember to return your overdue Library Books before Winter Break!
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Congratulations to the winners of the Ruckel Middle School Science Fair
See list of winning projects here

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Friday, December 15 – the Chorus students who signed up to perform at the VPS Airport will meet Mrs. Tredway in the Chorus Room right after school
See details on the Chorus Page

More Chorus Activities are listed on the Chorus Page
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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!
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Lots of great things go on at Ruckel Middle School.
Check here to see what was going on in December!

basketball clipartCongratulations to the members of the
2017-2018 Ruckel Girls Basketball Team
and Boys Basketball Team

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2017-2018 Ruckel Girls Soccer Team
and Boys Soccer Team!
Go Rams!

holly clipart Winter break Wednesday, December 20 to Wednesday, January 3
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
McCarthy Medical
Swift Family
Ferrin Campbell Construction
Silver Level
The Eaton Family

Learn about becoming a Partner in Education HERE!
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Our next Assembly is Tuesday, December 19 at 1:10 pm!
Holiday Concert!
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The next Chess Club meeting is Monday, January 8
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.

"Boxtops for Education logo"Box Tops for Education - Thanks for bringing them in!
Help us raise money for Ruckel! It's easy to do. Just turn in any Box Tops to your first period teacher. The top three classes which brought in the most by Wednesday, October 25, will win Donut Holes for their class.
Daily Top Scorers using the Achieve3000 reading program are entered in a monthly drawing.
Seventh grader Manas’seh Franklin was the September winner in Ms. Lewis’s class.
Her prize was a $5 gift certificate to the Ruckel Cube! Congratulations, and keep up the hard work.

Congratulations to the Students of the First Nine Weeks!
8th Grade
London Taylor
Eric Trapp
Andy Trube
7th Grade
Gehrig Gesch
Andrew Christy
Hannah Paulson
Abby Vestel
6th Grade
Keller Nelson
Manny Nunez
Tatum Englett
Sydney Shinn
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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November 2017 Newsletter HERE
- New!

Please check regularly to be sure that your child has money in their Lunch Account.
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Order your 2017-2018 RamPages Yearbook now!!
Online orders only!
Price goes up in February!
Buy NOW and save $$$

Visit to place your order!

"" 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.
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!

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!
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
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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.
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
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Congratulations to the new members
of the 2017-2018 Varsity Academic Teams!
See Team Rosters 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!

"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: You will note many links available, all of which can be deleted if you no longer which to receive information from certain categories. This is a great way to stay in touch with the latest news via your smartphone. If you have any questions concerning the new 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!

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 9:30 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!
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… --
Lots of lessons & games to practice --
Select "Qwerty" for correct lessons

Practice FSA can be found at
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
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 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 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
    Content updates may be submitted to the RUCKEL webmaster here.
    Last Updated December 12, 2017