""Parent Volunteers Needed for Tuesday Morning Student Supervision
We need volunteers from 7:10 to 7:45 am three to four times each month.
Please email Mrs. Brock if you are interested in helping our classroom assistants supervise our students while teachers and administrators are in weekly Faculty Meetings. Volunteers will receive reminder emails with directions to the area of campus that needs coverage that week. Get to know your way around Ruckel while you help provide a vital service! Be sure to have your current Volunteer Affidavit on file --
you need a new one each year.
Thanks to all who consider this very important volunteer opportunity!
• We have just received an allocation from the school district for class size reduction.
• In order to meet the requirements of the Florida Constitution class size amendment, we will be  moving some students into newly formed classes this week.
• We will let you know if your child will be moving to a new class. All efforts will be made to make this transition as easy as possible.
"" Please follow directions during morning drop off
and afternoon pick up at the Car Rider Ramp.
See 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.
Students interested in the Ruckel Robotics Team
should stop by Mrs. Brock's room (rm 409) to pick up
an application. Completed applications are due back
by Tuesday, September 1.

"""" Ruckel Students are invited to attend
the Black & Gold Dance
Friday, September 4, 2015
6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Ruckel Cafeteria
Admission: $5 at the door

Exact change appreciated!
Snacks, drinks, and photos will be available for a small fee.
Wear your Black and Gold and show your school spirit!
DJ will be playing all of your favorite songs. Ruckel Students Only!

Dance Rules | Dance Dismissal Procedure - Parents, please note

The first Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting will be held
Friday, September 4 at 7:00 am in the Ruckel Media Center

Contact Dana Topel for more information!
Thank you to the Ruckel Middle School PTO
for our new electronic sign on Partin Drive -- look for it!!

School Holiday
Labor Day • Monday, September 7
Introducing Ruckel Middle School Partners in Education!
It takes more than teachers, staff, parents, and students to make a strong school.
See you YOU can help!

Join the Ruckel PTO today!
• • •
Thank you to our newest Partners in Education:
Gold Level Partners in Education:
Brenda K. Moore, D.O., P.A. at Twin Cities Family Practice,
The Parents of Ms. Swift, Tera Brannan, Hairstylist at The Cottage Salon & Spa,
the Moser Family, and TN Nails
Black Level Partners in Education:
Tammy Wilson, P.A.

• • •
There will be a Ruckel PTO Board Meeting on Friday, September 11, at 7:45 am
in the Media Center. PTO Board Meetings will be held the second
Friday of the month at 7:45 am in the Media Center unless other notice is given.
Ruckel Middle School Open House • Tuesday, September 15 • 5:30 pm
Information Flyer Here

We have outdated textbooks in various subjects that are available FREE to the public. Please contact Ruckel Middle School at 833-4142 to schedule a time to view our inventory!

Next Pep Rally Thursday, September 17 in the Ruckel Gym
Parents, please check in at the gym parking lot desk

2015 Football Schedule
Ruckel plays Shoal River in Football at NHS at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 3.
Come out and support the RAMS!

Congratulations to the members of the 2015 Ruckel Middle School Volleyball Team!
See list here!
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Club & Team Meetings
  • Eighth Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.: Contact Mrs. Eller for more information.
  • 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. Brock for Varsity (7th & 8th grade).
  • Book Club: "A Novel Idea" Book Club Tuesdays at 2:30 pm. Students should contact Mrs. Eller for additional details.
  • Chess Club: Chess Club for the 2015-2016 school year will begin in October 2015 with Ms. Swift. We will meet on 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.
  • MathCounts We are seeking a parent volunteer to run our MathCounts program. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Watson.
  • Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. For more information, see Mrs. Duty.
  • Rambots Robotics Team is taking applications now. Students interested in the Robotics Team
    should stop by Mrs. Brock's room (rm 409) to pick up an application. Completed forms are due back
    by Tuesday, September 1. 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 Multicultural Club celebrates diverse cultures and ethnic groups. Meetings are held on Tuesday afternoons until 3:30 pm in Mrs. Beachem's room #705. 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 and third Fridays from 7:00 to 7:30 am in the Media Center. Out first meeting will be Friday, September 4 -- 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!
This school year, there will no longer be early release for elementary or middle school classes.
More info on our Calendar Page.

Check out the 2015-2016 School Calendar HERE
""Parents, we are looking for a Parent Volunteer to coach our Varsity MathCounts Team for 2015-2016. We have had Parent Volunteers in the past, but as their students move on to the high school, so do the coaches. See more info on our Academic Activities page! Ruckel has gone to State every year ffrom 2000 to 2014! If you would be interested in Coaching this team please contact Susie Watson at watsons@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us
"" Okaloosa County School District Food Services
Learn details about school Breakfast & Lunch programs and
other facts about our Food Services!

Ruckel Lunch Menu Here Ruckel Breakfast Menu Here

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!
Congratulations to the members of the 2015-2016 RamPages Yearbook Staff!
Congratulations to the RMS cheerleaders for their outstanding achievements at the UCA camp at Auburn University July 12-15.
They won three Overall Champion awards, and lots more
-- check it out on their page here!

The Ruckel Chess Club for the 2015-2016 school year will begin Monday, October 12 with Ms. Swift.
We will meet on Mondays in the Media Center • 2:30 to 3:30 pm.

All levels of players are welcome – beginner to expert!
Contact Ms. Swift for information.
Rising 7th graders, remember to get all of your required immunizations before beginning your 7th grade school year! See details on the Nurse's Page.
• Learn about Math classes offered for High School credit here at Ruckel
• Learn about Math, IT, and Science classes offered for High School credit here at Ruckel
• Notice of instructors teaching out of field 2014-2015 ""
""Our Grand Opening and Round Robin was a success on May 2.
The entire committee sincerely thanks all of our sponsors who have donated their time, talent and treasure. In addition, thank you to the Kiwanis Club for grilling at our event.
We proudly announce that the Edwards Family are generously funding ALL the lights for four courts! To complete our last projects of shade, seating and Eagle Ram maintenance fund, we have a few more fundraisers -- Go Eagles, Go Rams!
""Please keep collecting those Box Tops and especially the Tyson's Project A+ codes -- they are worth 24¢ EACH!! Ask your family and friends to save the for you, too. Bring them to school in a Ziploc bag with Students name, grade and 1st period teacher. Turn in to the 1st period teacher or bring to front office. Every little rectangle is a TREASURE!
""""Information about being
a Ruckel Ram!
Zoning waivers are available!
Visit our Academics Page for 2015-2016 Registration Forms and Curriculum Guides!
• Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!
"" What Not to Wear...Ruckel Edition!   •  Ruckel Dress Code Policies

• Shorts, skirts, and dresses should reach at least mid-thigh.
This includes boys – please be aware of the length of "Chubbies" shorts.
• No undergarments showing ("T" back shirts that show straps are not allowed).
Tank top straps should be wide enough to cover undergarments.
• No holes in pants above the knee.
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.
CW Ruckel Middle School 2013-2014 Annual School Public Accountability Report
is available at this link.

Congratulations to the following students, who participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) and qualified to attend a State Recognition Ceremony: Matthew Erk, Jackson Cook,
Jonathon Parr, Mason Swanick, Sarah James, Kayla Stephensen, Grant Ransom, and Brittany Hall.
Kayla Stephensen also qualified for the Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University.

Eligible 7th grade students are encouraged to register for the Duke University
Talent Identification Program (TIP) Talent Search. Info Letter Here.
Please visit the Duke TIP Web Site for details about the Talent Search.
Please call the Guidance Office at 833-4154 if you have further questions.

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

Practice FSA can be found at www.fsassessments.org
Nurse's Corner
All medications must be brought by the parent to the nurse’s office. The parent must fill out and sign a consent form and turn it in with the medication to the nurse, Julie Riffle. No student is allowed on campus with any medication. If the student brings in medications, it can result in a discipline referral -- this is a county regulation. Download the Dispersion of Medication Form here.
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 "
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 In School Suspension (ISS) Policy -- details here
Ruckel Middle School Mobile Device
Acceptable Use Practices

This form must be signed and returned to your First Period teacher.

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 Team • Softball
Boys Soccer • Girls Soccer • Boys Swim Team
Amazing job, Athletes, Coaches, and Parents! GO RAMS!!

2012-2013 Ruckel Championships
Visit lots of useful sites from our Links Page -- here's a sample:

"" Need a little tutoring help at home?
Check our Links Page for online textbooks, typing, and more!
Visit the link to FDLRS info for parents on our Links Page!
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
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.

Shop at the
cube logo
7:00 to 7:45 am Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday!

Ruckel's One-Stop Shop for Supplies & Spirit Gear!
Open 7:00 to 7:45 am • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Look for us in the Locker Hall!
Send kids to school with cash or a check made out to RMS.

The RMS web site is only as current as the information which is provided --
if YOU have something 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!
""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 postsecondary 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.
"" 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 now 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 ranging from a missing child or crime in progress to a traffic crash that shuts down an area road. 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.
    ""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 following link http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.  Congratulations!

    Parent Resource Forms:
    • State of Florida - School Entry Health Exam - Form
    • Volunteer Affadavit - Form NOTE: Volunteer paper work has to be done EVERY CALENDAR SCHOOL year!

    OKALOOSA COUNTY UPDATED SPORTS FORMS - effective September 12, 2014
    Download the appropriate Okaloosa County Sports Forms HERE! Please dispose of any old forms.
    Last Updated August 31, 2015