First Semester Exam Schedule
  • Monday, December 17 • 1st and 2nd Period Exams
  • Tuesday, December 18 • 3rd and 4th Period Exams
  • Wednesday, December 19 • 5th and 6th Period Exams
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    Thursday, December 20, 2018 Exam Make-Up Day
    Chorus/Band Concert and
    Black & Gold Basketball Game
    See Bell Schedule HERE

    Semester Break Friday, December 21, 2018
    to Friday, January 4, 2019
    Student Holiday/Teacher Workday Monday, January 7, 2019
    holly leaves See a member of the Ruckel Rockettes
    Dance Team to purchase your Jingle Grams today!


    Available until December 14!
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    The next Chess Club meeting will be
    Friday, December 14, 2:30 to 3:30 in the Media Center.


    All levels of players are welcome - beginner to expert!
    Harvest Hands Outreach provides FREE weekend food support for students
    Donations are needed!
    See Details Here
    Success Center has ended for 2018. It will resume January 8, 2019.
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    The next School Advisory Council meeting will be held
    Wednesday, December 19
    at 7:00 am
    in the Media Center



    MAP in January 2019
    Ruckel students will be participating in the winter administration of MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) in January. Language Arts classes will take the MAP January 15 to 17 and Math classes will take the MAP January 22 to 24. Because of the valuable feedback that the MAP test gives to teachers, please ensure that your child is at school during those dates. More information regarding the MAP test will be coming home.
    For questions, contact Jamie Perry in Guidance.
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    Parents of 8th Graders --
    Watch your mail for a flyer describing how to order a Yearbook Baby Ad for your 8th grader. The ads will be done through Jostens this year.

    Don't forget to order your yearbook at Jostens.com!
    Order your yearbook graphicOrder your Yearbook now -- prices increase during the year!
    Got photos that belong in the RamPages Yearbook?

    We're looking for Football • Volleyball • Cross Country • Dances
    Pep Rallies • Summer Fun
    Include Student's Name, Grade and an explantion of the activity.
    Please give sufficient details. Email to Lisa Nall

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    Watch for our Next Assembly December 20 at 8:00 am
    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!
    Academic TeamAcademic Team
    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
    art materialsart materials Interested in Art? Try our Art Club
    We are meeting on alternating Mondays
    7th & 8th graders
    are meeting on Monday December 3
    from 2:30 to 3:30 in Room 905

    6th graders meetings
    are on Monday, December 10
    2:30 to 3:30 in Room 905.

    See Gina Piccorossi for more info
    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.
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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!!

    Congratulations to the Ruckel Football Team -- 2018 District Third Place!!
    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.
    Parents -- Join the RMS PTO!
    2018-2019 Membership Form Here
    Next meeting Monday, Janurayr 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
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    Condo Complements
    Eye M.D. of Niceville

    Gold Level
    Ottesen Family Dentistry
    R&D Truck Sales
    Coastal Skin Surgery and Dermatology
    Bradley Title, LLC

    Learn about becoming a Partner in Education HERE!
    SUCCESS CENTER STUDY TIME AVAILABLE
    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 ONLINE VOLUNTEER FORM HERE - New!
    Then email Mrs. Watson, our volunteer coordinator at WatsonS@Okaloosaschools.com
    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.
    "Duke TIP logo" DUKE UNIVERSITY TALENT IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM
    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 2018 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 Boys Swim Team -- 2018 District Champions!
    Ruckel Girls Swim Team -- 2018 District Champions!

    Ruckel Boys Track Team -- 2018 District Champions!
    Ruckel Girls Track Team for their 3rd Place finish!!

    Ruckel's Megan Hague, who is now State Discus Champion!
    She broke a Florida record set in 2013! Way to go, Megan!!

    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!
    PTO News logoThe 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!
    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
    CHECK OUT OUR LATEST RUCKEL SPIRIT T's!
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    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.
    DOWNLOAD FOR FREE TODAY!
    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: www.SchoolInfoApp.com. 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 RuckelPics@cox.net!

    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 RuckelPics@cox.net!
    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…
    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
    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 www.flsexoffender.net. 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!
    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RUCKEL RAMS FOR EARNING THEIR 18TH "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! Updated July 2018

    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.
    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 webmaster@OkaloosaSchools.com.
    Last Updated December 12, 2018