Ruckel Middle School Summer Office Hours • Monday to Friday • 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Incoming Ruckel Rams -- Mark Your Calendars!
Thursday, August 9, is Ruckel Readiness Day

Watch for more information!
Classes begin Monday, August 13
Looking for a little learning this summer? Ruckel has these History books available
for you FREE in the Front Office -- first come, first served!

American Journey - 75 copies
Journey Across Time - 56 copies

Plus, a wide variety of texbooks and other educational guides is available for FREE
at 202A Hwy 85N in Niceville -- check the complete list here
Thank you to these outstanding teachers and staff
who are retiring from Ruckel Middle School. You will be missed!
Retiring teachers
Principal Paul Whiddon congratulates these remarkable teachers and staff who have contributed
so much to make Ruckel Middle School such a fine asset to our community.
Pictured L to R: Mr. Whiddon, Carmen Patterson, Vicki Washington, Pam Smith,
Mary Tucker, Rita Lamberson, and Terri Corbitt.

Congratulations to the Outstanding Students of the Fourth Nine Weeks!
Outstanding Student of the Fourth Nine Weeks
8th Grade: Amelia Barrett, Libby Marion, Amaris Love, Kate Barker, Makenzie Kipp, Sasha Nunez, Alec Morvay, Anthony Wirsing, Mike Adams. 7th Grade: Timothy Aiken, Irving Posadas-Morales, Noah Hunter, Kylee Saltsman, Delaney Cook, Keely Dubay. 6th Grade: Dawson Isbell and Ava Garrick
All 2018-2019 RMS Athletes:
If you were unable to attend Impact Concussion Testing on June 13,
see this Testing Schedule for alternate dates and locations.
See Concussion Testing Flyer Here
If unable to test at Niceville, you can take your student-athlete to any site and use a Visitor's Slot from 11:00
to 11:30 am and they will be tested. Please inform test site that your child is from Ruckel Middle School.

Please download, print, and complete this form and bring it with you to testing. It is REQUIRED!
Also, wear any eyeglasses or contacts you usually wear to your testing session.
If you have any questions, please contact Coach Ron Reece, (850) 833-4142
Dig 'em out! You still have time to return your Library Books! NOW!
Summer Feeding Program logoRuckel Middle School is participating
in the Summer Food Service Program

Children ages 18 and under may come to the Ruckel Cafeteria weekdays NOW through Friday, June 29 to receive free meals.
Breakfast is served from 7:00 to 7:30 am and
Lunch is served from 12:30 to 1:00 pm.
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2018 Cross Country Summer Conditioning begins Wednesday, June 27

Monday to Thursday • 6:30 to 7:30 am • See details here

Duke TIP winnersDuke University Talent Identification Program
Congratulations to these outstanding students!
State Recognition 2018: Jacob Feldman, Michael Fogle, Cora Weinacker
Grand Recognition 2018: Gloria Martinez
Pictured L to R: Cora Weinacker, Gloria Martinez, and Michael Fogle
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. In addition, students with the highest scores are honored at the Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University.
Be sure your rising 7th Grader has the immunizations required for school!
Free Immunizations are available for children through 18 years old

7th Grade: 1 dose Tdap is required.
Available from the Department of Health in Fort Walton Beach and Crestview
Walk-in Availability Through June 30, 2018 • Appointment Only July 1 - August 31, 2018
See Flyer Here for Details
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The Ruckel Ambassadors sang the National Anthem
for the Pensacola Wahoos
on Friday, May 4 in the
Wahoos Stadium.

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Ruckel Middle School Football

Summer Workouts and Tryouts -- See Football Page
Coach Ritacco and Page Dolloff
Congratulations to Ruckel swimmer Page Dolloff!

She set both a new school and county record in the 50-meter Butterfly at a swim meet on April 21. She swam the distance in 25.86 seconds, breaking the old record by .76 of a second. Way to go!

Good luck to our girls and boys swim teams at the County Meet on
May 12! Pictured, Coach Rittaco and Page Dolloff
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2018 Ruckel Volleyball Camp
will be held
Sunday, August 5 to Wednesday, August 8.
See Volleyball Page for details!
Ingrid Mueller wins Take Stock award Congratulations to Ruckel 8th grader
Ingrid Mueller for being selected as the
Meagan Campbell and Christian Thomhave Memorial Take Stock in Children Scholar in recognition of her past, present & future success.
Take Stock in Children is a non-profit organization that offers post-secondary opportunities and college scholarships to award recipients. This award is presented by the School District of Okaloosa County and the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, Inc.
Congratulations to Ruckel's Megan Hague, who is now State Discus Champion!
She broke a Florida record set in 2013! Way to go, Megan!!

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

Congratulations to the Ruckel Lady Rams Softball Team -- 2018 District Champions!

Congratulations to the Ruckel Boys Golf Team -- 2018 Runners Up!
Congratulatinos to the Ruckel Girls Golf Team -- 2018 Runners Up!
Congratulations to the Ruckel Boys Tennis Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Congratulations to the Ruckel Girls Tennis Team -- 2018 District Champions!
U.S. capitol dome
8th Grade trip to Washington DC, Historic Williamsburg,
and Gettysburg • November 2018

If your student is interested in going on the 8th grade trip, but not signed up yet, you are encouraged to contact Mrs. Eller at or call 833-4142 for additional information.

Chess Club logoTop 8th Grade Chess Player is Spencer Meyer!
Top 7th Grade Chess Player is Timothy Aiken!
The top 6th Grade Chess Players are: Jacob Bradley,
Tyler Gump, Joel Havercroft, and Anthony Madden.

Keep playing over the summer!

Contact Ms. Swift for more information.
Ruckel Tennis Teams
Congratulations to the Ruckel Boys Tennis Team -- District Champions!

Congratulations to the Ruckel Girls Tennis Team -- District Champions!

Ruckel boys golf teamCongratulations to the Ruckel Boys Golf Team on their 2nd Place finish
in the County Tournament!!

They are the Okaloosa County District Runners-Up!

Go Rams!

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2017-2018 RamPages Yearbook
Thanks to the Yearbook Staff for their hard work!

PTO News logoThe Ruckel PTO needs you to volunteer!
We have many Board Member and Committee Chairperson positions open for the 2018-19 school year. Did you know that the PTO raises money that goes to each and every teacher, sports and academic organization at Ruckel?
But we can’t continue to do so without your help! Please consider volunteering next school year! Contact Michelle Bryan at

Nurse's Corner

Please remember, if your student has medication in the Clinic, the parent or guardian must be the one to pick it up before the end of the school year.  No medications can be released to the student.  All medications left in the clinic will be destroyed the last day of school.  Please call the clinic at 833-4201 if you have any questions or concerns.

Healthy Okaloosa Schools Newsletter for May: English Here
En espanol aqui
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.
Students wearing purple to support military kidspurple for military children April was the Month of the Military Child. Ruckel students and faculty wore purple every Friday to show their support of our military dependent students.
This display of support portrays the Ruckel spirit of courtesy, one of our seven character traits we strive to instill in our student body.

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Ruckel Speech and Debate Team

Andrew Christy placed First in Lincoln/Douglas Debate.
Kayla and Jordan Pagan placed 1st in Interpretation
for their Duo Humorous Interpretation.
Rene Pineda placed Second and
Samuel Williams placed Third in Oratory.
Lillian Bentley and Chandler Mason also gave strong performances in Lincoln/Douglas debate.
Congratulations to everyone!
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.
atomic molecule clipartCongratulations to Ruckel winners of the
East Panhandle Regional Science and Technology Fair in January 2018!

Christina Carter, Lindsay Marrion, Hannah Yurack, Reva Kabnurkar, Sasha Nunez, Page Dolloff, Brooke Lewis, Samuel Cary, Connor Dooly, and Charles "Ben" Sherwin - details here
"Boxtops for Education logo"KEEP COLLECTING FOR NEXT YEAR!
Box Tops for Education - Thanks for bringing them in!
We earned $500 from our Fall Collection -- WOW!
Help us raise money for Ruckel! It's easy to do.
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May 2018 Newsletter HERE

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Please check regularly to be sure that your child has money in their Lunch Account.
"" 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.
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Watch for our Next Assembly
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Lots of great things go on at Ruckel Middle School.
Check here to see what was going on in April!

Okaloosa County School District Board Meetings and Workshops are now being live-streamed from the website.
Tune in here

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
Emerald Coast Marketing & Publishing
McCarthy Medical
Swift Family
Ferrin Campbell Construction
Silver Level
The Eaton Family

Learn about becoming a Partner in Education HERE!
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!!

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!

"Duke TIP logo"

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.

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
"photo of spirit shirts"
Look for us in the Locker Hall!
Send kids to school with cash or a check made out to RMS.

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.
"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: 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!
Join the Ruckel PTO today!
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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 2018 Ruckel District Champions
Boys Track • Softball Team
Boys Tennis • Girls Tennis
Congratulations to our 2017 Ruckel District Champions
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!
    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
    Last Updated June 13, 2018