music notes on staff
Don't miss the 2019 Okaloosa All County Honor Chorus Concert
Monday, October 21
7:00 pm -- Free Admission
at the Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center
Come out and listen to an evening filled with outstanding choral singing!
Art materials
Art Club introductory meeting

Monday, October 21, 2:30 to 3:30 pm after school in Room 905!
If you are interested in joining, please come to this meeting for paperwork and information about when Art Club will be meeting. Everyone is welcome!
Contact Ms. Piccorossi for more information
National Junior Honor Society logoNational Junior Honor Society logoNational Junior Honor Society Ceremony • Tuesday, October 22 • 7:00 pm
All NJHS members are encouraged to attend induction and awards ceremonies
on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at 7:00 pm in the Ruckel Gym
to receive their semester awards and support our new members.
There will be a reception following the induction and awards ceremony.

Members should be sure to attend the next chapter meeting before school on Friday, October 25
Celebrating Roald Dahl Week
teachers at Nicevile library
students at Niceville Library
Ruckel ELA teachers participated in the week-long Roald Dahl celebration at the Niceville Public Library. 
On October 10, we read aloud from James and the Giant Peach after school. Ruckel students also stopped by to listen!  We really enjoyed supporting our community!
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

germs graphic Too many students have been coming to school feeling ill!
germs graphicParents and Guardians, keep your student AT HOME if they have
ANY of the following symptoms:

• Fever greater than 99.9°F -- it doesn't matter if it comes down using fever-reducing medicines such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Controlling the fever does not control the infection!
• 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!
basketball clipartGirls Basketball Open Gyms now in progress
Tuesdays and Thursdays • 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Contact Coach Daniels or Coach Jones for more information
Tryouts: October 21, 23 and 24 • 4:45 to 7:00 pm

basketball clipartBoys Basketball Conditioning Fridays • 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Tryouts: First Round starts Friday, October 18 • 6th Graders • 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Monday, October 21 • 7th & 8th Graders • 2:30 to 4:30 pm
See complete details on the Basketball Page • Contact Coach Olson for information
Make sure your athlete has an up to date physical and all their sports participation forms turned in to the Front Office. They will need these forms on file in order to participate in conditioning or tryouts.
MathCounts logo MathCounts practices on Wednesdays
from 7:00 to 7:30 am.
Our next practice will be October 23.
Please see Miss Bott in Portable 3 for more information and to sign up.
zombie chasing runners Halloween Ram Jam by Ruckel PTO
Wednesday, October 30
Students walk and run around the track with their friends -- they can wear their Halloween costumes (school dress code applies)
Turn in pledge form
s between October 25 & 30 in order to participate.

See complete details HERE.
Our teachers and staff showed plenty of Ram Spirit on 80s Day!
Teachers and staff dressed in 80s style clothing
PTO News logo

The Ruckel PTO needs you to volunteer!

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!
Forgot your lunch/shoes/books?? 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.
Ram Tough logoCheck out this amazing Ruckel Ram Fan Gear!
Shopping is so convenient! Order online HERE
Take a look HERE and see all the great

Order Deadline is Monday, November 18

All orders will be delivered to the school -- and fan gear makes
great gifts for all the fans in your life!

All proceeds benefit the Ruckel Middle School Strength & Conditioning program.
Teachers receive School of the Month award

Tricia Brunson, pictured far right, president of the Niceville/Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, presents Principal Whiddon and members of our administrative staff with baskets of goodies in recognition of the Education Committee selecting Ruckel Middle School as their "School of the Month" for September. Congratulations!
U.S. flagParents & Friends of Ruckel Middle School
Are you a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, and would you consider sharing your experience with our students?

We are celebrating our Veterans on Thursday, November 7, and we'd like
to invite you to help us
exemplify our theme of "Service Before Self" that day.
Please read this letter and respond to your student's first period teacher.
We hope to have a Veteran in each and every classroom!! Thank you!
FCA logo
FCA meets every Thursday morning at the flag pole at the front of the school
at 7:30 am for student-led prayer.

Success Center, an after school program designed to help students with homework, will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
Paperwork is available in the Guidance Office and must be turned in prior to attending. Bus transportation is not available at this time. Bus transportation may be provided at a later date if a certain number of students sign up. Success Center will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 - 3:30 pm.
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You're Invited to Ruckel's All Chorus Fall Concert
Thursday, November 14
6:30 to 8:00 pm
at the Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center

Attention Parents: Please complete all end-of-day student check-outs by 2:00 pm.
Any checkouts after that time severely impact our release procedures. Thank you.
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Ruckel Speech and Debate Team

Speech and Debate Club has started, but students can still join.
Meetings are held on Tuesdays in Room 210 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
Mrs. Love is the coach.
pep rally scene"cheerleader pyramid"pep rally scene
Watch for our Next Student Assembly
U.S. Capitol dome

Washington, DC Fall Trip for 8th Graders

Contact Mrs. Eller, trip coordinator, at 833-4142 ext 27297
or email for additional information.
Applying online allows your application to be processed quickly. Your information is protected
using the highest security standards in the industry. The step-by-step instructions walk you through
the entire application process, making sure your information is complete and ready to submit.
Make use of the benefits that are available to your student!

Florida Inclusion Network logoSee Ruckel Middle School's
Best Practices for Inclusive Education report HERE
Learn more about Inclusion resources HERE
8th Grade Field Trip • Friday, November 1
The Tell-Tale Heart and other Stories at Mattie Kelly Fine Arts Center
Permission Slips and $25 per ticket were due to your Language Arts teacher by Monday, September 16.
Remember to bring a sack lunch!
If you are interested in a Scholarship or in donating an extra ticket, please see your ELA teacher.
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Purchase your 2019-2020 RamPages yearbook

Spread out the cost by using the payment plan available on the website.
The next SAC meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 20. This council is comprised of parents, teachers and community members and serves as an advisory board to the school administration.
The SAC meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 am in the Media Center.
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 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. Sotello for info.
Parents & Students can purchase 16-oz Ruckel "Spirit Cups" for $2.00 each.
All proceeds go to our Children In Crisis Fundraising Campaign.
See Mrs. Wargo in room #604
Congressional App logoCongressional App logoNew! App Coding Group
Calling all students interested in Coding/Creating an App!
Be more than a tech user. Be a tech creator.

In addition to learning to code, students will have a chance to enter
the Congressional App Challenge! Group meets Monday and Wednesday 2:30-3:45 in Mrs. Marshall's room P02.
Contact Mrs. Marshall for more info
Builders Club logoThe Builders Club meets two Tuesdays a month
after school in room 501
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.
We are a student-led organization sponsored by the Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Club. Any students who are interested in getting involved
in community service projects and becoming leaders should attend.
A+ Apple clipartVolunteer 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.
Please watch some short informational videos on the OCSD website
before completing your online volunteer application.

Email Mrs. Watson, our volunteer coordinator at
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

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Ruckel's RoboRAMS

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

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.

"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
Be sure your rising 7th Grader has the immunizations required for school!
Some 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
health worker logo Nurse's Corner

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!
Click Here for more info on student flu shots
Healthy Okaloosa Schools Newsletter
for September: English Here
En espanol aqui
Boon Supply Fundraiser
Support the Ruckel Middle School
Chorus Fundraiser, and shop from comfort
of your own home while supporting the arts
in your school!

Our Online Store is open all season, now to December 31, 2019.
40% of your purchase goes back to our fundraiser!
Click Here to visit the Boon Supply Fundraiser!

Duke TIP 2019 winnersCongratulations to these Ruckel students who participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) and earned State Recognition based on their qualifying scores.
Madeline Mitchell, Ronald Gurney,
Aurora Mendenhall, Nicholas Pedone, and
Kira Tuper. Aurora Mendenhall, Nicholas Pedone, and Kira Tuper also qualified for Grand Recognition at Duke University.
See full details in our 2019 flyer HERE. New!
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 in September and continue through the year. If you are interested, act now.
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
Our Newest Sponsor: Grayson A. James!
Ottesen Family Dentistry
R&D Truck Sales
Coastal Skin Surgery and Dermatology
Bradley Title, LLC

Learn about becoming a Partner in Education HERE!
Harvest Hands
Harvest Hands Outreach

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

"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
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.
It contains lots of apps and online textbooks for students to use during school as well as anytime after school hours.
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.
"Boxtops for Education logo"Keep saving BOX TOPS for our next collection date!
Turn in BoxTops to your first period teacher.
Be sure to trim them, and label the bag with how many you are turning in.
Help us raise money for Ruckel! It's easy to do.
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.
"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!
Congratulations to:

Ruckel Softball Team -- 2019 District Champions!

Ruckel Boys & GirlsSwim Teams -- 2019 District Champions!

Ruckel Boys & Girls Track Teams -- 2019 District Champions!

Ruckel Girls & Boys Golf Teams -- 2019 2A District Champions!

Ruckel Girls Soccer Team -- 2019 District Champions!
Ruckel Boys Soccer Team -- 2019 Runners Up!

Ruckel Girls Basketball Team -- 2019 Runners Up!

Ruckel Volleyball Team -- 2018 District Champions!

Ruckel Boys & Gitld Cross Country Teams -- 2018 District Champions!

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.

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!
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 information. Interested 6th Grade students volunteer with your science teacher for Junior Varsity and see Mrs. Nunez for Varsity (7th & 8th grade).
  • Art Club: Watch for meetings to begin October 21, 2019 in room 905. See Ms. G. Piccorossi in the Art classroom for details.
  • MathCounts MathCounts meets each Wednesday from 7:00 to 7:30 am in Miss Bott's room, Portable 3. No need to sign up, just show up!
  • The Multicultural Club celebrates diverse cultures and ethnic groups. Meetings are held on Tuesday afternoons until 3:30 pm. The sponsor is Ms. Stalnaker. 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 or the Gym. 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.
  • Ruckel Robotics Team and Drone Team - visit this page for more information!
  • Odyssey of the Mind - See Mrs. Cook to get the interest packet for details.
  • Speech and Debate Team - Members meet Tuesdays in Room 210 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm and participate in district competitions three times per year. Come and see what Speech and Debate is all about. Mrs. Love is the coach.
Is your club missing? Email your information to!
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… --
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.
Okaloosa County Student Training Program (STP) Policy -- details here
Congratulations to our 2019 Ruckel District Champions
Softball • Girls Soccer • Girls Golf
• Boys Golf Girls Track • Boys Track • Boys Swim • Girls Swim
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 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! Updated July 2018

    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 October 19, 2019