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All-County Chorus Concert will be held
Monday, October 22 at Mattie Kelly Fine Arts Center
at 7:00 pm

soccer ballsoccer ballRuckel Boys & Girls Soccer Tryouts
Monday, October 22, Tuesday, October 23,
and Wednesday, October 24

See details on the Soccer Page • Paperwork is due October 15
Community Relief Efforts • Backpacks for Bay and Beyond
Ruckel Middle School will be collecting new or slightly-used backpacks filled
with school supplies for victims of Hurricane Michael. Please drop off donations in room 606.
Thank you for supporting our neighbors in need. For information, contact Carol Szklarski

Through Friday, October 26, Ruckel will be collecting general, family/household type supplies
for Hurricane Michael survivors. They are in need of the following types of items:
• Pet items: food, leashes, water bowls, litter, etc. • Baby formula, baby-type supplies
• Sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer • Tarps • Food Coolers
• Non-perishable food items • Gatorade type drinks, juice packs, etc. (note: WATER is NOT needed)
• Toiletries • Gas cans
If you are able to contribute, please drop off or send items to room 603. Thanks for your support.


Harvest Hands Outreach provides FREE weekend food support for students
who qualify for free or reduced price lunch at school.
They are seeking donations of a variety of food and snacks. Monetary donations are also welcome.
Learn how to sign up for help, or see our donation list HERE

health logoThere will be a make-up Flu Shot Clinic on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Please fill out this form and have your student bring it to the shot clinic when they are called up. If you have previously signed up online for your student to receive the injection and they did not get it at the last clinic, you do not need to sign them up again; they will be included in this make-up clinic.

If you have any questions, please call the school clinic at 833-4201.
basketball clipartbasketball clipartRuckel Girls Basketball Tryouts
Friday October 19, Monday October 22,
Tuesday October 23 and Wednesday October 24

Sports Participation Forms must be on file before any student can try out.
pirate ramRuckel Halloween Dance
Friday, October 26
6:00 to 8:00 pm • Admission $5 each
Ruckel Cafeteria

Wear Your Halloween Costume -- NO MASKS!
See details HERE
County Champs

Congratulations to the
Ruckel Volleyball Team
2018 District Champions!!




Congratulations to the Ruckel Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams
2018 District Champions!!

Congratulations to the Ruckel Football Team
2018 District Third Place!!
"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
"Boxtops for Education logo"FIRST BOX TOPS COLLECTION DEADLINE OF THE YEAR
-- FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2018
Turn in BoxTops to your first period teacher. Be sure to trim them, and label the bag with how many you are turning in.
A prize will go to the winning first period class!
Help us raise money for Ruckel! It's easy to do.
art materialsart materials Interested in Art? Try our new Art Club
We are meeting on alternating Mondays, with
7th & 8th graders
are meeting on October 22, November 5, and December 3 from 2:30 to 3:30 in Room 905
6th graders meetings
are on Mondays October 29, November 26, and December 10 from 2:30 to 3:30 in Room 905.
See Gina Piccorossi for more info
Parents -- Join the RMS PTO!
2018-2019 Membership Form Here
Next meeting Monday, October 29, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center
Alvin Smith teacher of the week

Congratulations to Ruckel Middle School teacher
Mr. Alvin Smith for being selected as this week's
Northwest Florida Daily News Amazing Teacher of the Week!


Chess clip art
The next Chess Club meeting this school year will be
Friday, November 2, 2:30 to 3:30 in the Media Center.


All levels of players are welcome - beginner to expert!
dancer silhouetteThe Ruckel Middle School Dance Team
Kids Clinic and Game Day Performance with the Ruckel Rockettes

for girls K through 5th Grade
Monday, December 3 • 5:00 - 7:00 pm
and Tuesday, December 4 • 6:00 pm

See Registration Form for details
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.
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
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!/span>
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 September: 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.
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.
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Camp Connect is a free, one-day camp for children ages 6 to 17
who have experienced the death of a loved one.

See the Flyer HERE.
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.
Student 2 Student logoThe Junior Student 2 Student organization is recruiting
new members for the 2018-2019 school year.

This program was created to welcome new students who relocate to Ruckel during the school year, and help them find their way.
If you are interested in joining Junior Student 2 student, please pick up an application this week. All grades are welcome to apply. Applications can be picked up now through Friday in the Guidance Office or from the Military Counselor in the Cafeteria before or after school. Applications are due in the Guidance Office no later than Friday, September 21.
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. 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.
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Watch for our Next Assembly
"" 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.
U.S. capitol dome
8th Grade trip to Washington DC, Historic Williamsburg,
and Gettysburg • November 2018

It's not too late to register your 8th grade student for this 8th grade trip. It is scheduled for Veteran's Day weekend this year, November 9 to 13. Contact Mrs. Eller at ellerd@okaloosaschools.com or call 833-4142 for additional information.

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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

"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.
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.
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The Free and Reduced School Meal applications from last year will be expiring on September 24. If you have not reapplied yet, please do so before Monday, September 24, or your child will be charged full prices for breakfast and lunch.
"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!
Builders' Club logo
Ruckel Builders' Club first meeting Tuesday, August 29

immediately following school in room 404. This is a student-let club.
We need your help making decisions about how we can best serve our community!

• Work with friends to build a stronger community
• Develop leadership skills and be a force for positive change in the world
• Become a charter member of a club that will leave a lasting legacy in your school
Congratulations to the Ruckel Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams
2018 District Champions!!

Congratulations to the Ruckel Volleyball Team
2018 District Champions!!

Congratulations to the Ruckel Football Team
2018 District Third Place!!

Congratulations to the Ruckel Boys Swim Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Congratulations to the Ruckel Girls Swim Team -- 2018 District Champions!

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

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

Congratulations to the Ruckel Boys Golf Team -- 2018 Runners Up!
Congratulations 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!

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!
"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.
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 October 22, 2018