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2017 Florida Standards Assessments
Parent Letter HereSchedule Here
English Language Arts testing begins Tuesday, April 11.
Math testing begins Monday, April 17. See Schedule

Get a little extra test practice at home -- visit our Links Page for the latest online study guide recommendations by our teachers. The newest links are in green!
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Hey! Return those overdue books.
Please ask your student if a notice was received
so that you can work with your student
to return books or pay for lost books.

chess piecesChess Club meets on select Mondays
in the Media Center 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Next meeting: March 27
The all-grades tournament continues!!
Contact Ms. Swift for information.

2017 Chess Flyer HERE
Please refrain from using your cell phone while you're in the student drop off and pick up line. It is distracting, slowing down the process,
and a huge safety concern to our students and faculty.
Please model responsible driving behavior for all of our future young drivers
-- actions speak louder than words.
conductorCongratulations to all Band and Chorus students for a great job!
They received the highest score of superior from ALL adjudicators at the Chorus and Band Music Performance Assessment in March! The Ruckel music students behaved well, and performed exceptionally well. Ruckel is known throughout the state for its rigorous music classes! Way to go, Rams!
See Chorus results here.
8th grade formal logo
Saturday, May 6
6:00 to 8:00 pm
at the Niceville Community Center
The tickets are $10 each and will include dinner.
The theme for the dance is Wish Upon A Star
and the colors are white, silver and navy.
This dance is for 8th graders only.
ramshead graphicUpcoming Tryouts: Spring Football Dance Cheer Majorettes
If your child is attending Track practices (or any other sports activity), please ensure they have weather appropriate clothing and their own water bottle
Please send a healthy snack to school with your student every Friday for their RAM class.
Ruckel is participating in the "5210 Challenge" – Healthy Habits to Live By.
Every student that has a healthy snack will be tallied and the highest participating RAM class
will receive a trophy for their classroom and an award. Let's start 2017 off with healthy choices!
The Healthy Okaloosa Program 5210 Challenge recommends:
5210 health logo5 fruits and/or vegetables
2 hours MAX of screen time
1 hour of physical activity
0 sugary drinks
Every Day!
Read the flyer HERE!

dancer line art Ruckel Rockettes Dance Team tryouts will be held in the Ruckel Gym
May 6, 8, and 9.

More information about the Ruckel Dance Team and tryouts can be found
on the Dance Team page.

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Mandatory Parent & Cheerleader Meeting Tuesday, April 4 at 6:00 pm
in the Ruckel Cafeteria
More information about Ruckel Cheerleader Team tryouts can be found
on the Cheerleader page

Ruckel Cheer Clinic for Girls K to 6th Grade
Saturday, March 25 • 9:00 am – 12:15 pm • Ruckel Middle School Gymnasium

See FLYER here

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Ruckel Majorette Tryouts will be held May 8 to May 12 • Ruckel Gym

See details here

IN THE SPOTLIGHT                                                              

Congratulations to the Ruckel Rockettes Dance Team!
They competed at the largest National Dance Team Competition
and won 4th place in the Nation for Hip Hop
and 5th place in the Nation for Jazz!

Congratulations to Ruckel's winners at the East Panhandle Science Fair.
James Baird won 1st place in Engineering and will compete
at the State Science Fair!
Dylan Boes won 3rd place in Engineering
Delaney Cook won 2nd place in Behavioral Sciences
and it was the top award in that category.
Elizabeth Marlin and Jonathan Ott both won 2nd place in Biomed and
Health Sciences. This was the highest award in that category.
Ben Logan won a special certificate and $50 from PARC corporation.
James Baird also won two special awards and the Broadcom Masters Award.
pep rally scene"cheerleader pyramid"pep rally scene
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 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.

art suppliesParents of 8th Grade Artists!
The Van Porter Art Show and "Artist of the Year" Award are coming soon!
See the Art Page for more info!
Are you clearing out some unused items to get a fresh start for 2017?

The RMS Art Department is looking for a few things that would be useful for young artists -- Let our young artists turn your cast-offs into masterpieces!!
SEE OUR WISH LIST HERE! Please send donations to the school; thanks for the help!
ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK SOON! Don't miss out on the memories!
Read all the details in this Yearbook Order flyer! • Place your order at JostensYearbooks.com
Submit your own fun photos for Ram Pages at ReplayIt.com or get the app and send them from your phone.
Especially Ruckel Sports! Soccer • Basketball
• Club Activities • Students having fun • Classes, sports, clubs, Ruckel Ram Spirit -- If you've got it, share it!

PTO News Now is your chance to get active with Ruckel PTO! We are in immediate need of a BoxTops Chairperson, and are looking for nominees for the PTO Board and Chair positions for 2017-2018. If you are interested but not available to attend the January meeting, please email any
Board member. Thank you! Joan Martin, PTO President 2016-2017
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
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 Newest Supporters!
Platinum Level Partners:

RV Solutions

Gold Level Partners:
The Baird Family • TN Nails

Bronze Level Partners:
Dave Meyers • Club's Choice Fundraising • Firehouse Subs

See ALL of our amazing Partners in Education HERE!

Tyson's logo"Boxtops for Education logo"Box Tops for Education Tyson's A+ Labels
The Ruckel PTO is looking for a new BoxTops Coordinator. If you can count, you can help!
Families, please continue to collect those little pink sqyares, as well as the Tyson Project A+ labels -- they all add up to help provide our school with things that otherwise wouldn't be in the budget! YOUR help is what make Ruckel special!
Success Center/After School Homework Help is now available.
Students must have a completed form on file in order to attend, which may be picked up from Guidance or from a classroom teacher. Buses will not be provided until we have 15 people registered for bus transportation home. A morning announcement will be made when we have reached our goal.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Waldhour (room 504)
Interested in volunteering at Ruckel?
"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 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!
Nurse's Corner
Healthy Okaloosa Schools Newsletter Here - February 2017
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. 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.
Although your child's daily attendance in class is very important to her or his education, please remember that it is important to keep your child home if they are not feeling well.

This is for their comfort as much as the wellbeing of the other students at school.For strep throat or pink eye, they must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to class. For fevers, vomiting & diarrhea it should also be 24 hours from the last episode.
Thanks for helping us keep everyone at Ruckel healthy & in 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.
See RMS App flyer HERE

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!
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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 and 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).
  • Book Club: The After School Book Club will have its first meeting Tuesday, September 27, in Room 406. Students should contact Mrs. Eller or Mrs. Lewis for additional details.
  • Chess Club: Chess Club meets on select 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.
  • French Club: The French Club meets Tuesdays in room 905 on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. We learn about the French-speaking world—its language, history and culture; taste wonderful new foods; and play pétanque (the French version of bocce). All Ruckel students are welcome to join us. There are no dues and the only requirement to participate is an interest in learning. Contact Mrs. Patterson for more info!
  • MathCounts MathCounts will begin Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 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.
  • Odyssey of the Mind practice for 2016-2017 is held Wednesdays 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

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!
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.
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
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 "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

Okaloosa County Student Training Program (STP) Policy -- details here
Ruckel Middle School Mobile Device
Acceptable Use Practices

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

Girls Cross Country District Champions 2016
Congratulations to the
Ruckel Girls Cross Country Team
for winning the 2016
Okaloosa County District Championship!!
Go Rams!

Congratulations to our 2016 Ruckel District Champions
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
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
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Look for us in the Locker Hall!
Send kids to school with cash or a check made out to RMS.

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!
  • "Duke TIP logo"Eligible 7th grade students are encouraged to register for the Duke University
    Talent Identification Program (TIP) Talent Search.

    2016 Info Letter Here

    Please visit the Duke TIP Web Site for details about the Talent Search.
    The first paper application postmark deadline is
    Monday, October 3, 2016.
    Please call the Guidance Office at 833-4154 if you have further questions.
    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!
    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

    Download the appropriate Okaloosa County Sports Forms HERE! - Updated January 2017
    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 the following teachers are currently teaching out-of-field in the area of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Mr. Stewart, Ms. Moore, and Ms. McClay. More info available 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@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us.
    Content updates may be submitted to the RUCKEL webmaster here.
    Last Updated March 25, 2017