Scholastic logoBack-to-School Book Fair
LAST DAY! Friday, August 26
7:30 am to 2:30 pm in the Ruckel Media Center

retro yearbook portraits
Now's the time to get ready for your annual
School Portrait! Photos will be taken
on Thursday, SEPTEMBER 1
-- be sure to look your best!


Step 1 - Get your photo taken for the Yearbook
Step 2 - Order your Yearbook NOW at the best price!

Become a Ruckel Middle School Partner in Education!
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 first Platinum Level Partners:
The Brannan Family, Dr. B. Kulow, Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology
, and McIntyre, Inc.
and our first Gold Level Partners:
The Sawyers Family, the Briney Family, SmartBank,
the Cathell Family, and the Calabrese Family

Are you interested in being a team member on the VARSITY ACADEMIC TEAM?
We're looking for committed trivia and knowledge enthusiasts in 7th and 8th grades to participate on this YEAR-long team. Stop by and sign up with Mrs. Szklarski in room 606
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Ruckel Middle School Odyssey of the Mind teams forming now.
First meeting was held on Wednesday, August 24 at 7:20 am
in Mrs. Walls' room, #21.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational 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. Competitions are held at local, state, and international levels.
Interested in volunteering at Ruckel?
Fill out the new ONLINE VOLUNTEER FORM HERE
Labor Day Holiday Monday, September 5 • No School!
Yearbook graphic Order your Ram Pages Yearbook for 2016-2017
NOW to get the very best price!

Just $55 if you order by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2!


Read all the details in this Yearbook Order flyer!

Place your order at JostensYearbooks.com

balloon clipartballoon clipartRMS Black and Gold Dance • Friday, September 9
6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Ruckel Cafeteria
Admission: $5 at the door • exact change helps!
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.
Click here for all the Dance Info you need!
"Boxtops for Education logo"Box Tops for Education Tyson's A+ For Schools Labels
We hope you've been collecting your labels this summer! We are participating
with Box Tops for Education and Tyson's A+ for Schools label fundraisers this year
.
Thanks for supporting your school!!
"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!

The 2016 Football Schedule
 

"flamingfootball"ATTENTION ALL RUCKEL RAM SUPPORTERS!

It takes more than helmets, pads, and jerseys
to equip a safe and successful Football Team!

There are 238 separate pieces of equipment that need replacing NOW
-- and some of them are bigger than the players!
We have many ways you can show your support, and gain exposure for your company or business at the same time.

SEE FUNDRAISING DETAILS HERE!

 
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!
"football players and cheerleaders""cheerleader pyramid"
Ruckel MiddleSchool 2016 Supply List Bus Routes
FCA logo
FCA is sponsoring See You At the Pole
Wednesday, September 28, at 7:00 am

at the Ruckel Flag Pole.

RMS Girls Soccer Tryouts are scheduled for Fall 2016 -- see Soccer Page
In order to participate, students must have their Sports Participation Forms
on file in the Front Office.

Nurse's Corner
Healthy Okaloosa Schools Newsletter Here - July/August 2016
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.
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.
"" 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.
Ruckel's Highest Impact Teachers
"Ruckel's High Impact Teachers"Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart recognized teachers from across the state that produced high learning gains in their students in the areas of Reading (4-10), Math (4-8) and Algebra 1 (8-9) over a three-year period.
These educators were honored at a reception given in their honor by Okaloosa Schools County Superintendant Mary Beth Jackson.

PIctured are the Highest Impact Teachers from Ruckel: Lori Swift, Diane Amos, Sarah Lewis, Paul Whiddon, principal; Penny Parmer, Brittany Waldhour, Mary Beth Jackson, superintendant; Kendall Cragin, Deborah Eller, Mary Tucker, Dalane Fox. Not pictured, Kathy Harper
"Boxtops for Education logo"Box Tops for Education Tyson's A+ For Schools Labels
We hope you've been collecting your labels this summer! We are participating
with Box Tops for Education and Tyson's A+ for Schools label fundraisers this year
.
Thanks for supporting your school!!
"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

"safety sign"
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 Ram Rally for Rising 6th Graders
was held in the spring

Zoning waivers are available!
"more info about Ruckel Middle School"
Visit our Academics Page for 2016-2017 Registration Forms and Curriculum Guides!
Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!
Congratulations to our 2016 Ruckel District Champions
Boys and Girls WeightliftingBoys and Girls TennisBoys Track
Boys SwimmingGirls Golf
Congratulations to our 2016 District Runners Up
Girls Track • Girls Swimming • Boys Golf
Join the Ruckel PTO today!
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.

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!
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).
  • Book Club: "A Novel Idea" Book Club Tuesdays at 2:30 pm. Students should contact Mrs. Eller for additional details.
  • Chess Club: Chess Club 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 practice for 2016-2017 will begin Wednesday, August 24 at 7:20 am in Mrs. Walls' room, #210. It is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Email Mrs. Walls or drop by room #210 for more information.
  • Rambots Robotics Team is taking applications now. Students interested in the Robotics Team
    should 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 #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!
"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

APPLY FOR REDUCED OR FREE LUNCH ONLINE AT THIS LINK!
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!
"Eagle Ram Tennis Center logo" The entire committee sincerely thanks all of our sponsors who have donated their time, talent and treasure.
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!
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 2015-16 School Performance Plan!
CW Ruckel Middle School 2015-2016 Annual School Public Accountability Report
is available here.
"Duke TIP logo"Eligible 7th grade students are encouraged to register for the Duke University
Talent Identification Program (TIP) Talent Search.
2015 Info Letter Here
-- watch for 2016 info to come

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
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
"e-devices"
Ruckel Middle School Mobile Device
Acceptable Use Practices
!

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

Congratulations to our 2016 Ruckel District Champions
Boys and Girls Weightlifting • Boys and Girls Tennis • Boys Track
Boys Swimming • Girls Golf

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
Visit lots of useful sites from our Educational Links Page -- here's a sample:

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"
Shop at the
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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
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.

"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,Dept. of Economic Opportunity logo"
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.
"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 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. 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.
    "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 15TH "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!

    OKALOOSA COUNTY UPDATED SPORTS FORMS
    Download the appropriate Okaloosa County Sports Forms HERE!
    All current Okaloosa School Documents and Policies may be found HERE in both English and Spanish.
    For questions about the accessibility of this website or to request access to any information currently inaccessible,
    contact the district webmaster at webmaster@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us. Last Updated August 26, 2016