School Grades from the Florida Department of Education for the 2016-2017
school year have arrived, and Ruckel students, teachers, staff personnel,
and administrators have earned an A.

If you wish to submit a plan for the School Recognition Funds Distribution, please see Mrs. Corbitt in the Front Office for more information. Anyone may submit a plan.

All plans for the School Recognition Funds Distribution must be submitted to
Mr. Whiddon no later than Wednesday, October 25 at 8:00 am.

ram dressed as pirate clipartHalloween Dance • Friday, October 20
6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Ruckel Cafeteria
Admission: $5 at the door • Hosted by the Cheer Team

Photo booth, snacks, pizza and drinks will be available for a small fee.
Wear your festive Halloween Costume -- NO MASKS!
DJ will be playing all of your favorite dance songs.

Ruckel Students & Approved Chaperones Only!
Dance dismissal procedures here Dance Rules here Dance Flyer Here
5210 health logoThanks for sending a healthy snack to school with your student every Friday for their RAM class.
Ruckel participated in the"5210 Challenge" – Healthy Habits to Live By.
October 2017 Newsletter HERE
CHECK OUT OUR PAGE
WITH MORE EXCITING RECIPES!

Please check regularly to be sure that your child has money in their Lunch Account.
flaming basketball graphicGirls Basketball Team Tryouts
Girls interested in Basketball Tryouts may sign-up
with Coach Jones or Coach Reece in the gym.
All sports paperwork must be turned in to the Front Office
by Monday, October 16, in order to participate.
GIRLS OPEN GYM & TRYOUT SCHEDULE HERE
Try-outs will be held the week of Monday, October 30.

Boys Basketball Team Tryouts begin Monday, October 30. Sign up in Coach Olson's room, 503.
All sports paperwork must be turned in to the Front Office in order to try out.
"Boxtops for Education logo"Box Tops for Education - October 25
Help us raise money for Ruckel! It's easy to do. Just turn in any Box Tops to your first period teacher from now until Wednesday, October 25. The top three classes with the most Box Tops will win Donut Holes for their class.
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 Partners in Education
Platinum Level

Condo Complements
Dr. Kyle Simmers, M.D.
Gold Level
Swift Family
Ferrin Campbell Construction
Emerald Coast Marketing and Publishing
Learn about becoming a Partner in Education HERE!
FCA logo
The Meeting Schedule
for the Ruckel Fellowship of Christian Athletes
is now available on the FCA page.

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Boys Soccer Tryout Information -- see the Soccer Page!!
Tryout Flyer Here
Girls Soccer Tryout Information -- see the Soccer Page

pep rally scene"cheerleader pyramid"pep rally scene
Our next Assembly is Thursday, November 9 at 8:00 am!
Celebrate Veterans!
"" 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.

Please refrain from using your cell phone while you're in the student drop off and pick up line.
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!
Congratulations to the members of the 2017-2018 RamPages Yearbook Staff!
Remember to order your Yearbooks early!
Chess Club logo

Ruckel Chess Club meetings have begun! Next meeting October 16!

All levels of players are welcome - beginner to expert!
Contact Ms. Swift for more information.


"Duke TIP logo" DUKE UNIVERSITY TALENT IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM
It is time for eligible 7th grade students to register for the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) Talent Search. To participate, students must have met high standards on an accepted national standardized achievement test or state assessment test. See full details in our flyer HERE.
Please visit the Duke TIP web site here for answers to any questions that you may have about the Talent Search. Please call the Guidance Office at 833-4154 if you have further questions.


The Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search includes a group of students who have demonstrated advanced aptitudes on grade-level assessments. These students participated in taking an above-level test, either the SAT or the ACT, which provides the means to further define their potential for a higher level of learning. Duke TIP provides the participants with comparative information concerning their academic abilities and resources for unique educational opportunities. Students with qualifying scores are invited to attend a State Recognition Ceremony at designated universities.
Interested in volunteering at Ruckel?
New! Fill out the updated ONLINE VOLUNTEER FORM HERE New!
Parents -- Join the RMS PTO!
2017-2018 Membership Form Here
"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

Beginning this year, we will no longer be interrupting 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 will no longer be 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.

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!
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
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.

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Our 8th grade trip to Washington DC is November 9 through 13!
Call Mrs. Eller at 833-4142 if you have any questions.


Nurse's Corner
Healthy Okaloosa Schools Newsletter Here - October 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.
All RMS students will have a valuable One Okaloosa ID for signing on to their ClassLink. Their One Okaloosa ID numbertwo-sided instruction sheet will be sent home this week. Please keep this information safe because the One Okaloosa ID will be used all year to access everything from home.
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.
Congratulations to our 2017 Ruckel District Champions!
Boys Tennis Team County Champions
Girls Tennis Team County Champions
Boys Baseball Team County Champions
Girls Softball Team County Champions
Boys Swim Team County Champions
Girls Swim Team County Champions
Girls Track County Champions
Lilly Holtery set a County record in the 800m(2:25:27)
and mile(5:17:96) run!!

Boys Track County Runners-Up

2016 Girls Volleyball Team County Champions
Boys Golf County Runners-Up
Girls Golf County Runners-Up
Mrs. Parmer presented with awardCongratulations to our own Penny Parmer,
Ruckel Middle School Math teacher!

She is pictured receiving her award for "Teacher of the Year" from the Eglin Chapter of the Air Force. Mrs. Parmer was chosen from candidates in Okaloosa and Walton counties including High School, Middle School and Elementary School teachers based on her contributions to her students promoting math, science and technology.
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
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Congratulations to the new members
of the 2017-2018 Varsity Academic Teams!
See Team Rosters Here
"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!

"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
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: www.SchoolInfoApp.com. You will note many links available, all of which can be deleted if you no longer which to receive information from certain categories. This is a great way to stay in touch with the latest news via your smartphone. If you have any questions concerning the new school app, you can contact Janet Simpson at 833-4142.

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!
Join the Ruckel PTO today!
PTO Board Meetings will be the first Tuesday of each month, alternating between 9:30 am
and 6:30 pm, in the Media Center unless other notice is given.
See list here
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!
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.
stop signPARENTS IN THE CAR RIDER LINE:
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.
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: The first Chess Club meeting this school year will be Monday, September 25, 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the Media Center. 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 Students interested in the Robotics Team should check with their science teacher 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!
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 2016-17 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
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
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
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"
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 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. 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!
    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RUCKEL RAMS FOR EARNING THEIR 16TH "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!! - Updated June 30
    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


    OKALOOSA COUNTY UPDATED SPORTS FORMS
    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 several teachers are currently teaching out-of-field. 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@OkaloosaSchools.com.
    Content updates may be submitted to the RUCKEL webmaster here.
    Last Updated October 19, 2017