on Tuesday, February 21 and Thursday & Friday, February 23 &24
A sign up sheet will be placed on Coach Hedges door Wednesday to Friday,
February 15 to 17.
See the Tennis Page for details.
Softball tryout sign ups are now available in Mr. Olson's room #503.
Tryouts begin Wednesday, February 22.
See the Softball Page for details.
Parents, be on the lookout for the PTO fundraiser packet, was sebt home in backpacks on February 16. This year, the PTO receives 50% of the proceeds, so be sure to ask co-workers, friends and neighbors to look through the catalog to see what they "must have"! The proceeds will help purchase technology & security equipment for Ruckel.
keep your child home if they are not feeling well.
This is for their comfort as much as the wellbeing of the other students at school.
For strep throat or pink eye, they must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to class. For fevers, vomiting & diarrhea it should also be 24 hours from the last episode.
Thank you for helping us keep everyone at Ruckel healthy & in school.
Below are the parent notification letters for the upcoming Writing Assessment.
Every student received a copy to bring home during RAM class on Friday, February 3.
Proctors Needed Tuesday, February 28!
FSA testing is quickly approaching at Ruckel, and we are looking for volunteer test proctors for all of our
6th, 7th, and 8th grade classrooms. The upcoming FSA writing assessment will take place on Tuesday, February 28, from 7:45 am to 10:30 am Proctors can be Ruckel parents or any community member interested in volunteering. If you are available to proctor for our upcoming FSA Writing assessment on February 28, please sign up in the Front Office, or contact Mrs. Williams in Guidance.
Proctors must have a current volunteer affidavit on file, and must attend a proctor training which will be held at 7:20 am on the day of testing. At the completion of the proctor training, each proctor will be assigned to a testing room. We welcome Ruckel parents as proctors, however, parents may not proctor in a testing room where their child is testing. For questions regarding proctoring, please contact the Ruckel Guidance Department.
Florida Youth Survey
Ruckel has 11 classes that were chosen to participate in the Florida Youth Survey on Tuesday, February 21. This survey is given statewide to gather information from Florida students on their use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. It is an anonymous survey, and the results gathered are used to help with planning programs designed to keep youth from engaging in risky behaviors both now and in the future. If your child is in one of the selected classes, he/she will be receiving a Parental Permission Form from their 2nd period teacher. For questions regarding the Florida Youth Survey, please contact Mrs. Williams, School Counselor, in the Ruckel Guidance Department.
Ruckel is participating in the "5210 Challenge" – Healthy Habits to Live By.
Every student that has a healthy snack will be tallied and the highest participating RAM class
will receive a trophy for their classroom and an award. Let's start 2017 off with healthy choices!
The Healthy Okaloosa Program 5210 Challenge recommends:
5 fruits and/or vegetables
2 hours MAX of screen time
1 hour of physical activity
0 sugary drinks
Read the flyer HERE!
Chorus MPA practices are now in session for Ambassadors Girls and Chanson Girls
-- check the Chorus Page for full rehearsal schedule and the MPS details.
Congratulations to Ruckel's winners at the East Panhandle Science Fair.
James Baird won 1st place in Engineering and will compete
at the State Science Fair!
Dylan Boes won 3rd place in Engineering
Delaney Cook won 2nd place in Behavioral Sciences
and it was the top award in that category.
Elizabeth Marlin and Jonathan Ott both won 2nd place in Biomed and
Health Sciences. This was the highest award in that category.
Ben Logan won a special certificate and $50 from PARC corporation.
James Baird also won two special awards and the Broadcom Masters Award.
the 2017 Art in the Capitol competition at the District level!
Her drawing in mixed media, entitled "Peace" was selected to represent the
Okaloosa School District in Tallahassee.
Her work will remain at the Florida State Capitol until the spring legislative session is over. A photo of her work will be on display at the Bay Area Office
in Fort Walton Beach, with other entries.
Click on the detail to the right to see the entirel artwork!
The Van Porter Art Show and "Artist of the Year" Award are coming soon!
See the Art Page for more info!
Are you clearing out some unused items to get a fresh start for 2017?
The RMS Art Department is looking for a few things that would be useful for young artists -- Let our young artists turn your cast-offs into masterpieces!!
SEE OUR WISH LIST HERE! Please send donations to the school; thanks for the help!
Read all the details in this Yearbook Order flyer! • Place your order at JostensYearbooks.com
Submit your own fun photos for Ram Pages at ReplayIt.com or get the app and send them from your phone.
WE NEED MORE PHOTOS! Especially Ruckel Sports! Soccer • Basketball
• Club Activities • Students having fun • Classes, sports, clubs, Ruckel Ram Spirit -- If you've got it, share it!
If you are interested but not available to attend the January meeting, please email any
Board member. Thank you! Joan Martin, PTO President 2016-2017
in the Media Center 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Next meeting Monday, February 27
All levels of players are welcome – beginner to expert!
Contact Ms. Swift for information.
2017 Chess Flyer HERE
5:30 pm in the Ruckel Media Center
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.
Watch for our Next Assembly!
areas of the county. If you are interested, please call!
North office • 689-7301 South office 833-3555 • Central office 833-4161
It takes more than teachers, staff, parents, and students to make a strong school.
Follow this link to see how YOU can help!
Dave Meyers • Club's Choice Fundraising • Firehouse Subs
See ALL of our amazing Partners in Education HERE!
The School Check In System has been implemented this year in the Front Office.
In order to check a student out or sign in as a visitor or volunteer, a valid driver license or state ID is required. Thank you for your cooperation.
New policy for students checking out on Pep Rally days:
If you know you will be checking your student out on a pep rally day, please check them out before 1:00 pm. Otherwise, students will report to a separate location
until checkout so that they can be easily located.
The Ruckel PTO is looking for a new BoxTops Coordinator. If you can count, you can help!
Families, please continue to collect those little pink sqyares, as well as the Tyson Project A+ labels -- they all add up to help provide our school with things that otherwise wouldn't be in the budget! YOUR help is what make Ruckel special!
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)
Fill out the new ONLINE VOLUNTEER FORM HERE
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!
It takes more than helmets, pads, and jerseys
to equip a safe and successful Football Team!
SEE FUNDRAISING DETAILS HERE!
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!
Healthy Okaloosa Schools Newsletter Here - February 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.
and afternoon pick up at the Car Rider Ramp.
See Car Rider Details Here
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.
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
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.
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 meets on select 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.
- 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!
- 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 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.
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, IT, and Science classes offered for High School credit here at Ruckel at this link
is available here.
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
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.
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
Ruckel Middle School Mobile Device
Acceptable Use Practices!
This form must be signed and returned to your First Period teacher.
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
GREAT LINKS FOR MATH FUN found HERE!
Check our Educational Links Page for online textbooks, typing, & more!
Visit the link to FDLRS info for parents on our Educational Links Page!
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
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.
Ruckel's One-Stop Shop for Supplies & Spirit Gear!
Course descriptions are available HERE!
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
Talent Identification Program (TIP) Talent Search.
2016 Info Letter Here
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.
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.
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!
• 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! - Updated January 2017
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.