Winter MAP reports will be sent home with students on Friday, February 15.
Please take time to review your student's progress in Math and Reading.
Abraham LincolnGeorge Washington
Monday, February 18 • School Holiday
Presidents' Day

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Ruckel Students are invited to attend the
Ruckel Red Carpet Event
Friday, February 22 • 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Admission $5 at the door
Details Here
Parents are needed to volunteer -- Sign Up Here!
Ruckel Rockettes

The Ruckel Rockettes placed 6th
in the nation 
in both Jazz and Hip Hop!

atom Congratulations to the Ruckel students who were awarded prizes
at the East Panhandle Regional Science & Engineering Fair in January!

And special kudos to Sophia Cafarelli, Joel Dotter and Therese Sherwin, who will
be bringing their projects to compete at the state level this spring!

See the list of winners here!
MathCounts TeamRuckel's MathCounts Team participated
in the annual regional competition
at the STEMM Academy on February 2.
Congratulations to Anthony Madden for placing
in the Top Ten during the individual competition.

Pictured: Bruce T., Peyton E., Anthony M., Bryce M., Kaitlynn M.
Ruckel Chorus Students Excel at FVA Event

Eleven Ruckel 8th Graders participated in a special
Florida Vocal Association Vocal event on Saturday, Feb. 2. Each student sang an academic music solo for UWF Professor Dr. Sheila Dunn. All 11 students received
a top rating of Superior.
Go Rams!
FCA logo
FCA Breakfast on Friday, February 15

NWFSC Basketball Arena
FCA members who submitted their school leave forms and $5 to Mrs. Marello
by January 31 will meet Friday, February 15 at 6:25 am in the Ruckel Gym lobby.

See details here
art materialsart materials Art Club is on Mondays!
We are meeting on alternating Mondays
from 2:30 to 3:30 in Room 905
7th & 8th Grade: Feb 25, Mar 11, Apr 8 & 22, May 6
6th Grade: Mar 4, Apr 1, 15, 29, May 13

See Gina Piccorossi for more info
Order your yearbook graphic
Order your Yearbook now -- Deadline!!
More than half of the yearbooks have been sold.
Please order now to make certain you have a yearbook for your child on signing day. To order go to

Ruckel Rockettes The 2018-2019 Ruckel Rockettes Dance Team
competed in the UDA Florida Dance Championships January 21, 2019 and won 1st place in the state
in the Hip Hop division
and 2nd place in the Jazz division!

RMS Band All County members

Congratulations to the 38 Ruckel Band students who were selected
for the 2018-2019 Okaloosa All-County Honor Band.

See the Band Page for details!
Chess clip art
The next Chess Club meeting will be held
Friday, February 22 from 2:30 to 3:30 in the Media Center.

All levels of players are welcome - beginner to expert!
Ruckel Middle School History & Civics classes welcome
Circuit Court Judge Michael A. Flowers
civics class with Judge Flowers
PTO News logoNext PTO Meeting Monday, February 25 at 6:30 pm
in the Media Center

The Ruckel PTO needs you to volunteer!

Did you know that the PTO raises money that goes to each and every teacher, sports and academic organization at Ruckel?
Register for Remind, a free message service, and stay in touch!
Contact Tanya Warden for more info.
PTO Membership Form HERE
"click here to sign up for Remind service" to sign up for updates from RMS PTO!
2019 Ruckel All State members
All 23 7th and 8th grade
Ruckel Chorus Students who auditioned and were selected for the 2019 Florida All State Chorus performed in Tampa
on January 12.
Go Rams!
A+ appleAre you a parent or community member looking to get involved
in your local school?
Then be sure you've got a current 2018-2019 ONLINE VOLUNTEER FORM
filled out and submitted at Ruckel Middle School!
We anticipate needing many volunteer testing proctors in the mornings beginning April 2 & 3 and continuing May 1 & 2; May 7 to 9; and May 14 to 16. Be sure to have your Volunteer paperwork in place NOW so it will be convenient to participate later this spring. We could NOT do this without our wonderful Volunteers!
National Flight Academy logoWelcome Aboard!
At the National Flight Academy at NAS Pensacola, students can experience one of the most exciting and immersive learning adventures in the world aboard the world's largest simulated aircraft carrier. Explore programs that inspire interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
See this flyer for more details
Parents -- Join the RMS PTO!
2018-2019 Membership Form Here
Next meeting Monday, January 28, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center
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 2018 -2019 Partners in Education
Platinum Level

Condo Complements
Eye M.D. of Niceville

Gold Level
Our Newest Sponsor: Grayson A. James!
Ottesen Family Dentistry
R&D Truck Sales
Coastal Skin Surgery and Dermatology
Bradley Title, LLC

Learn about becoming a Partner in Education HERE!
Harvest Hands
Harvest Hands Outreach

provides FREE weekend food
support for students --
donations are needed!
See Details Here

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Watch for our Next Assembly
red rosebud Congratulations to Ruckel's Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Lisa Nall • 8th Grade Science
Congratulations to Ruckel's Education Support Person of the Year
Mrs. Martha Swords!
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Congratulations to Ruckel's Varsity and JV Academic Teams for each taking
First Place in the first tournament of the season! Go Rams!
"e-devices" Mobile Device/Cell Phone Policy at Ruckel Middle School
Any student possessing a wireless communication device while on school property or in attendence at a school function must ensure that the device is not visible and must be turned off during school hours (7:45 to 2:20) except when expressly authorized.
Consequences of violating this policy:
1st violation - student must pick up device at end of the day from Student Services
2nd violation - parent must pick up device at end of the day from Student Services
3rd violation - office referral
All RMS students have received a green card stating their One Okaloosa ID user names and passwords for signing on to their ClassLink for school resources.
It contains lots of apps and online textbooks for students to use during school as well as anytime after school hours.
Please keep this information safe because the One Okaloosa ID will be used all year to access everything from home. If you had an ID last year, it will be the same this year.
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.
Art in the Capitol winner
Congratulations to Ruckel student Anna Keim, who won Best in Show for the Okaloosa County Art in the Florida State Capitol Art Show!

This is her second year in a row winning this title, and the third year in a row a Ruckel student has won this honor. Her artwork, a two-point perspective 'futuristic city' project, will be displayed in the Tallahassee Capitol in January 2019.
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Congratulations to the Ruckel Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams
2018 District Champions!! The Varsity & JV Teams also did an
excellent job at the State Championships -- info here!

County Champs
Congratulations to the Ruckel Volleyball Team
2018 District Champions!!

Volunteer to Become a Mentor
Ruckel Middle School is recruiting mentors for some of our students. If you desire to give back to your community and you have some time to spare during the week, we need you! The school district screens, orients, trains and matches volunteer mentors with students, and maintains support of mentoring relationships between students and mentors. See details here.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the RMS Media Center.
Applications are available to DOWNLOAD HERE.
There is no cost for this service.
A bus is available for after-Success Center transportation. Enrollment is limited, so sign up now!
Fill out the 2018-2019 ONLINE VOLUNTEER FORM HERE
Then email Mrs. Watson, our volunteer coordinator at
We need volunteers for:
Guidance and Front Office clerical help • Help in the Media Center 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday Mornings to take duties for teachers in meetings (7:05 to 7:45 am)
Testing Proctors (in March, April) • Copy/Laminating services Volunteers for teachers

health worker logoNurse's Corner
Healthy Okaloosa Schools Newsletter
for December: English Here
En espanol aqui

Visit our Nurse's Page for details on immunization requirements
and in-school medicine procedures as well as other tips
for keeping our school community healthy!

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.
"" Please follow directions during morning drop off
and afternoon pick up at the Car Rider Ramp.

See Car Rider Details HereProcedures for Bad Weather 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.
See full details in our 2018 flyer HERE.
Please visit the Duke TIP web site here for answers to any questions that you may have about the Talent Search.
Call the Guidance Office at 833-4154 if you have further questions.
Please note, Enrollment Deadlines begin September 10, 2018 and
continue through the fall. If you are interested, act now.
"Boxtops for Education logo"Keep saving BOX TOPS for our next collection date!
Turn in BoxTops to your first period teacher.
Be sure to trim them, and label the bag with how many you are turning in.
Help us raise money for Ruckel! It's easy to do.
applePlease take a moment to review Ruckel's Attendance Policies here
• No phone call is necessary the day your student is out; however, a written note is required to be sent with your student the day they return to school.
• The student must bring the note to the Front Office when they arrive on campus and an attendance pass will be issued. • No absence will be excused without a written note.
"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.

We will not interrupt 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 are no longer 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.

"mailbox graphic"Would you like Ruckel Middle School news delivered straight to your Inbox?
Sign up for the RMS Email List!
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!
Please be sure to unsubscribe from the RMS email list if your student is no longer here!
Congratulations to:

Ruckel Girls Soccer Team -- 2019 District Champions!
Ruckel Boys Soccer Team -- 2019 Runners Up!

Ruckel Girls Basketball Team -- 2019 Runners Up!

Ruckel Volleyball Team -- 2018 District Champions!

Ruckel Boys Cross Country Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Ruckel Girls Cross Country Team -- 2018 District Champions!

Ruckel Boys Swim Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Ruckel Girls Swim Team -- 2018 District Champions!

Ruckel Boys Track Team -- 2018 District Champions!

Ruckel Lady Rams Softball Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Ruckel Baseball Team -- 2018 Runners Up!

Ruckel Boys Golf Team -- 2018 Runners Up!
Ruckel Girls Golf Team -- 2018 Runners Up!

Ruckel Boys Tennis Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Ruckel Girls Tennis Team -- 2018 District Champions!
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.
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!

Exercise your creativity and check out the
2019 Jeffrey Scott Davey Aviation Art & Science Contest, for students ages 7 to 18.
Visit our Scholarships page for more information!
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.

"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: 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!

Messages sent to this email will only respond to RMS website issues.
Please email school administration with other questions. Thank you!
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 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
CW Ruckel Middle School 2017-2018 Annual School Public Accountability Report
is available 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!
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
Congratulations to our 2018 Ruckel District Champions
Boys Track • Softball TeamBoys Tennis • Girls Tennis • Boys Swim • Girls Swim
Congratulations to our 2017 Ruckel District Champions
Volleyball • Boys Cross Country • Girls Cross Country • Baseball • Softball • Boys Tennis • Girls Tennis
Boys Swim • Girls Swim • 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"
Updated April 2018
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! Updated July 2018

    All current Okaloosa School Documents and Policies may be found HERE in both English and Spanish.
    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.
    Approved content updates for the RUCKEL website may be submitted to the RUCKEL webmaster - click 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
    Last Updated February 15, 2019