Ruckel Middle School Summer Office Hours
8:00 am to 2:00 pm • 850-833-4142
Classes start on Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday - Saturday, July 31 to Monday, August 9

2021 Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday
Frequently Asked Questions

stuff the bus logo Stuff the Bus helps local students get the tools they need for the upcoming school year! Last year, United Way Emerald Coast was able to distribute supplies to over 14 schools which impacted over 7,000 students. Without our community's generosity, students would lack the supplies they need to be successful during the school year.
COLLECTION DATE Saturday, July 31
See Flyer HERE

ORIENTATION (Readiness Day) for ALL students coming to Ruckel
will be held on Thursday, August 5,
in the Ruckel Gym

8:00 to 9:00 am Students last name A to G ONLY
9:30 to 10:30 am Students last name H to O ONLY
11:00 am to 12:00 pm Students last name P to Z ONLY

Please attend your session. Please be patient. We will get you in and out as quickly as possible.
Pick up your schedule, purchase your locker - $5, a planner, and a spirit shirt!
Personal checks are preferred -- please make them out to Ruckel Middle School.

When you have your locker combination, please find your locker and practice opening it.
Also, walk through your schedule on campus.
Find your classrooms and the best route to get there on time!
If your student requires medication during the school day, please see the
Nurse Page for info.
If you are unable to attend Orientation, please report to the Cafeteria on Tuesday, August 10
for your class schedule and to purchase your locker, planner, and spirit shirt.
2021 Supply List HERE
Principal's Letter & Back to School Info HERE

About school meals: The USDA has announced that ALL students -- regardless of family income -- will be able to have a free breakfast and lunch at their school during the 2021 - 2022 school year! This is for the basic breakfast and lunch offered.
For lunch, students may still purchase a la carte items.
Dress Code Alert for Students: Although midriff-revealing tops are a fashion trend, they are not appropriate attire for school.
Page 25 of Student Handbook reads as follows:"(f) Tank tops and similar shirts or blouses, when worn without another top, are not permitted."
See Ruckel Dress Code HERE
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.
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Nurse's CornerNurse Julie Riffle
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!
The Nurse will be in the Clinic all day on Orientation Day, August 5, for parents to drop off student medications. Please remember that prescriptions must be current.
Over-the-counter medications should be unopened, not expired and must be age appropriate. All medications must have a Dispersion of Medication form filled out and on file in the Nurse's Clinic. If you have any questions, call the clinic at 833-4142, option 5, leave a message and the Nurse will return your call.
"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

applePlease take a moment to review Ruckel's 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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Apply to be on the 2021-2022 RamPages Yearbook Staff!

Do you want to help make memories, learn about the process and have fun creating a lasting tribute to your peers?
Fill out the application HERE

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Ruckel Volleyball Camp
Tuesday, July 27 to Thursday, July 29
See details HERE

Tryouts Friday, July 30
U.S. Capitol domeOur next DC Trip meeting Monday, July 12, at 6:00 pm.
We are currently planning on the trip taking place November 2021. We will fly out the morning after our Veteran Appreciation Assembly at RMS on November 10. The actual dates for travel are November 11 to 15. The trip is open to all 8th graders and 9th graders who would have been eligible for this past year's trip that was canceled due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and any parent who'd like to join us. We are limiting the trip to 55 seats and one tour bus currently. If there is enough interest to open a second bus, we will do so. I have attached a flyer about the trip, the basic itinerary, and the link to go ahead a register, pay your deposit. We will have an in-person meeting on Thursday, August 5. I was asked about doing some fund raising and I am open to that if it is something most are interested in. Please register your student as soon as possible to assure their seat on a trip of a lifetime. Thank you, Deb Eller
DC Trip Flyer HERE | Registration Link HERE
Okaloosa County School District Summer Bridge Activities -- Stay Sharp this Summer!
Click HERE for Middle School Bridge Resources
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"more info about Ruckel Middle School"
Visit our Academics Page
Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!

Registering a new Ruckel student?
County-wide Registration portal for new students HERE
Call the Guidance Office at 833-4142 for more information.
7th & 8th Grade Students Parent Letter

2021 Supply List HERE
Incoming Ruckel Band Students -- visit the Band Page for info! Stay in touch!
Ruckel Middle School Summer 2021 Football Workouts
Grades 6 to 8 • Tryouts July 21 to 28
Summer Feeding Program logoSUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM • See Locations HERE
Okaloosa County Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program during the months of June and July.
Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during the summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All children 18 years old and younger, if open site, are eligible for meals at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Despite this period of free breakfast and lunch offerings, we need families to continue to complete the application for Free/Reduced Lunch to ensure federal funding for needed programs in the future.
An online application is available HERE, or parents can request a paper copy from their school. Thank you!!

Catholic Charities Food Assistance Programs • Flyer HERE
St. Mary Outreach Flyer HERE

Having trouble with affordable Housing? Check the latest Title IX Newsletter HERE
Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance for low-income households
now available -- see details HERE

See your grades online with parent portalElectronic Report Cards on the OCSD Parent Portal.
All report cards can be viewed and/or printed using Parent Portal.

If you do not know how to access the system, please visit the Grades Online
page at Parent Portal Tips HERE
If you need assistance, please contact our school. Thank you!
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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!
All RMS students will receive a green card stating their One Okaloosa ID user names and passwords for signing on to their ClassLink for school resources. Learn more HERE
Click here to see some Ruckel Good News!

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Mr. Anderson's STEM class launching
the trebuchets they built in class.

See them in action at the
OCSD CTE Facebook page!
Abby Gunter

Congratulations to Ruckel 6th grader Abby Gunter, who is our
2020-2021 Cox Hero Recipient.

Cox Communications honors students through the Cox Heroes program.
These students lead meaningful, productive lives, while working very hard to overcome personal adversities.

Core Value Students should show strength in many or all of the following areas:
dependability, reliability, honesty, motivation, positivity, optimism, respect, perseverance

Congratulations to Ruckel's Core Value Winners for the Fourth Nine Weeks!
students standing with certificates
Pictured with Mr. Whiddon and Mr. Smith: Chloe Streeter, Jaylah Smith, Jocelyn Wheeler, Sara Marell, Zachary Ott.
Congratulations to 6th Graders: Chloe Streeter,
Jaylah Smith, Jonathan McGovern, Benjamin Harter
7th Graders: Jocelyn Wheeler, Sara Marello,
Layla Hughes, Zach Gideons, Zachary Ott,
Noah Espinoza
students standing with certificates
Pictured here: Addison Bagnall, Michaela Adkison.
Kanyon Fort, George Hoffman

Congratulations to 8th Graders: Addison Bagnall,
Michaela Adkison, Brynn Buelow, Lia Tate,
Nick Forrester, Shaun Malonzo, Kanyon Fort,
George Hoffman
Ruckel Middle School 8th graders - Course requests for Niceville High School are available on Parent Portal. If you have changes, please email Mrs. Crump at
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View the 2020-2021 Ruckel Middle School Awards Ceremony HERE
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Ruckel teachers make donation to representatives of Children in Crisis collected through the Multicultural Club Change for Children Fundraiser this spring.

Thanks for the support, Rams!

Ruckel All State Chorus students standing

to these Ruckel Chorus students
who were selected for the
2021 Florida All State Choir

Shaun Malonzo, Carly Riffle, Paige Randolph, Noelle Yen, Ella Ladd, Sophia Cafarelli and Ethan Milonas
(not pictured - Emilia Pedone)
Congratulations to our Ruckel Athletic Teams!

Ruckel Boys Tennis Team is the 2021 County Champions!
Ruckel Boys and Girls Weightlifting Teams • 2021 Beauty and the Beast Champions!
Ruckel Rockettes Dance Team earned 1st Place in Hip-hop and 2nd Place in Jazz at the
UDA National Dance Team Competition this April in Orlando, Florida!

Ruckel Cheerleaders won 2nd place at Nationals in two categories!
Ruckel Lady Rams • 2021 Softball County Champions!
Ruckel Rams Baseball Team • 2021 County shared Champions!
Ruckel Boys and Girls Swim Teams • Undefeated 2021 County Champions!
Ruckel Girls Soccer Team • 2020-2021 County Champions!
Ruckel Boys Basketball Team • 2021 Okaloosa District Runners Up!!
Ruckel Football Team • Undefeated 2020 County Champions
Ruckel Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams • Undefeated 2020 County Champions
Ruckel Volleyball Team • Undefeated 2020 County Champions
Congratulations to Ruckel 7th grader Brodie Lacanilao for winning Best in Show for Art in the Capitol 2020.
His work will represent Okaloosa County and hang in the Florida State Capitol rotunda in Tallahassee.
treble clefCongratulations to the Ruckel Band Students who have been selected to participate in Florida's 2021 All State Band! Sophia Cafarelli, Andrew Roberts and Isaac Nelms

Congratulations to the Ruckel Chorus Students who have been selected as members of Florida's 2021 All State Chorus!Sophia Cafarelli, Ella Ladd, Shaun Malonzo, Ethan Milonas, Noelle Yen,
Emilia Pedone, Paige Randolph and Carly Riffle

Congratulations to Ruckel Student Rebekah Weber for being selected as a member of Florida's 2021 All State Middle School Orchestra!

Congratulations to Ruckel's 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year, History teacher Jon Olson,
and to Ruckel's 2020-2021 Educational Support Person of the Year, Mr. Wright!
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Congratulations to these Ruckel artists who
won awards at the 2021 Van Porter Art Show.

Genesis Caito was selected as Artist of the Year, Cassie Price won 2nd place, and Megan Bui took 3rd place. Outstanding work, Rams!

The Great Auk and students Congratulations to the Ruckel Academic Team, who recently competed in a virtual Knowledge Master Open Bowl.
Based on our scores, our team was invited to compete
in the NAC Virtual National Middle School Division!

Congratulations to team members Jacob Milz, Zachary Ott, Selicia Nunez,
and Camille Golden (homeschooler). Ruckel Middle School has a long tradition
of Knowledge Master success -- it's great to continue the tradition!
germs graphic DON'T come to school feeling ill! SEE DETAILS HERE
Parents and Guardians, keep your student AT HOME if they have
ANY of the following symptoms:

• Fever greater than 99.9°F • Vomiting more than once • Diarrhea
Colds and influenza are the most contagious during the first 48 hours and we ask that you please keep your student AT HOME if they are not feeling well. Thank you for helping keep our students healthy and in school!
stop the spread logoPrevent Respiratory Illness
We ask that you help us protect our students and staff by practicing the following prevention steps:
• Cover your mouth & nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
Wash your hands often
• Try not to touch your face with unwashed hands
• Don't touch shake hands with ill persons
• Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces • Stay home when you're sick.
toothpaste and toothbrushPediatric Dental Clinic for Children with Medicaid • See Flyer Here
Services include: exams, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, X-rays,
fillings, and more. Appointments are required.
Call 850-689-5593 for an appointment.
The clinic is located at 810 James Lee Blvd, Crestview, FL 32539

Visit the Florida Health website for more details HERE

School Immunizations
The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend every child continues to receive routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Vaccines are provided at no cost for children 18 years and younger at DOH-Okaloosa. Appointments are required. Call 850-833-9246 to schedule yours.
221 Hospital Drive NE, Fort Walton Beach • 810 E. James Lee Blvd, Crestview
Visit for more information
What Your Child Needs For 2020–2021 School Entry/Attendance
Florida State Dept. of Health Immunization Flyer HERE
front of schoolbus sketch Get real time updates about your student's bus!
Sign up for Bus Bulletin and receive notifications about unexpected delays or schedule changes. You will need to know your student's bus number to complete your registration.
Click HERE for the Bus Bulletin information flyer

The 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 entire 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. See Mrs. Sotelo for info.
Student Drop-off Procedure Now in Effect
All students arriving at Ruckel Middle School BEFORE 7:20 am must be dropped off
at the FRONT parking lot or the GYM parking lot.
The BACK GATE of the school will not open until 7:20 am, at which time students
may enter from all three locations.
We have three designated pick up points on Ruckel Property:
• The Car Rider Ramp in front of the school • In front of the Ruckel Gym
• The parking lot on the school side of the street across from the Post Office

Please don't use the teacher parking lot behind the Cafeteria or St. Jude's Church parking lot. These are NOT designated pick up/drop off areas for students.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Click Here
for more information about appropriate procedures.
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.

Success Center, an after school program designed to help students with homework, will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the Media Center.
Paperwork is available in the Guidance Office and must be turned in prior to attending. Students will need
to have their own transportation. Bus transportation is not available at this time.
Month of the Military Child logo Everyone is encouraged to wear purple to school on Fridays in honor of Children serving in Military Families.
The Child and Youth Behavioral Military Family Life Counselor (CYB-MFLC) is available to all students at Ruckel who have a family member who is active duty Military, Reserves or National Guard. Secure Zoom onlline services are also available.
See full details HERE
We are now offering video-conference non-medical counseling.
See Flyer HERE
Letter for Military Parents to access counseling HERE
two hands reaching toward each otherCommunity resources are available
for parents and students.
Click here for more details.
Email your counselors for assistance
Families with last names A-K HereL-Z Here

Visit the Ruckel Guidance Resource Page for more useful information!
Title IX -- Students in Transition Newsletter
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

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!
PTO News logo The Ruckel PTO needs you to participate!

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!
Art Club If you are interested in joining, contact Ms. Piccorossi in room 905 for more information.
Everyone is welcome! Supply donations are very much appreciated!

Ruckel Speech and Debate Team Meetings are held on Tuesdays in Room 210 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Mrs. Love is the coach.

Ruckel's RoboRAMS Students interested in joining Ruckel's RoboRAMS robotics team may
contact Mrs. Nunez or Mrs. Tabor in room 704 for more information.

Theatre Club is learning backstage skills, costuming, and more!
Contact Ms. Barron for more information.

Chess Club All levels are welcome. Contact Mrs. Kempton for more information. Come every Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the Media Center and learn or improve your skills!

Builders Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month after school from 2:30 to 3:30 pm
in Mrs. Lennon's classroom #501.

Ruckel App Coding Group meets Monday and Wednesday 2:30-3:45 in Mrs. Marshall's room P02.
Contact Mrs. Marshall for more info

FCA FCA is meeting occasionally in line with Covid restrictions. Listen to morning announcements and check the Ruckel website for updates. Contact Mrs. Marello for more information.

Academic Team Interested 6th Grade students volunteer with your science teacher for Junior Varsity
and see Mrs. Nunez for Varsity (7th & 8th grade).

MathCounts meets each Wednesday from 7:00 to 7:30 am in Miss Bott's room, Portable 3.

Multicultural Club Contact Mrs. Simpson for more information about this inclusive club in many social and service activities.

National Junior Honor Society meets periodically to work on service projects and for induction
ceremonies. Mrs. Tomassetti is the lead sponsor.

Odyssey of the Mind provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. See Mrs. Cook.

Yearbook Staff meets after school twice a week. Mrs. Marshall is the sponsor.

Is your club missing? Email your information to!

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Thanks for participating this year.
Keep creating!

Contact Gina Piccorossi for more information
circle of figuresMulticultural Club

Regular meetings are held on Thursdays
and will run from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.

Contact Mrs. Simpson for more information!

"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
Florida Inclusion Network logoSee Ruckel Middle School's
Best Practices for Inclusive Education report HERE
Learn more about Inclusion resources HERE
Please watch some short informational videos on the OCSD website
before completing your online volunteer application.

Email Mrs. Watson, our volunteer coordinator at
Harvest Hands
Harvest Hands Outreach

provides FREE weekend food
support for students --
donations are needed!
See Details Here

"canteloupe chunks" 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

Okaloosa County Student Training Program (STP) Policy -- details here
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!

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.

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 our 2019-2020 School Performance Plan!
The SAC council is comprised of parents, teachers and community members and serves as an advisory board to the school administration.
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.
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"
FSA logoFlorida 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
Practice FSA can be found at
2020-2021 Statewide Assessment Schedule
"pointing hand" Remember, 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.
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!
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.
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 July 25, 2021