won their Okaloosa County 2A Championships!! Way to go, Rams!!
To volunteer, fill out a current 2018-2019 Online Volunteer Form
and submit it for Ruckel Middle School!
We need many volunteer testing proctors in the mornings May 1 & 2; May 7 to 9; and May 14 to 16.
Many thanks to our wonderful Volunteers! We couldln't do this without you!
Principal's Letter to 8th Grade Parents about the Science Assessment May 9 HERE
Principal's Letter to Parents about the Civics NGSSS EOC Assessment May 16 HERE
Principal's Letter to Parents of 6th Graders HERE • Principal's Letter to Parents of 7th & 8th Graders HERE
Questions about Florida Standards Assessments? Visit the FLDOE website HERE
Questions about Next Generation Sunshine State Standards? See Flyer HERE
K-12 Art Show
Wed. & Thurs., April 24 & 25
Northwest Florida Fairgrounds
Fort Walton Beach
Exhibit Open to the Public 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Reception Thursday, April 25, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Best of Show Awards Presentation at 6:45 pm
Featuring: Special Elementary Exhibit – Grades K-5 and Juried Art Show – Grades 6-12
Saturday, April 27. Check Charms or see Mrs. Tredway for more info.
Please remember that Okaloosa County School District Dress Code rules apply
to our school. All clothing worn to school must be appropriate for school.
See Dress Code page here
Please don't use the teacher parking lot behind the Cafeteria
or St. Jude's Church parking lot for picking up your kids.
These are NOT designated pick up/drop off areas for students.
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
Thank you for your cooperation.
for more information about appropriate procedures.
We are meeting on alternating Mondays
from 2:30 to 3:30 in Room 905
7th & 8th Grade: Apr 22, May 6
6th Grade: Apr 29, May 13
See Gina Piccorossi for more info
Washington, DC Fall Trip?
Attention Parents of current 7th grade students!
Now's the time to get your students registered for our 8th Grade "trip of a lifetime" in November 2019! We will be fundraising and doing various activities to help each student who wants to tour Washington, DC, to earn their way!
Please visit our trip website here. You can check out our proposed itinerary here.
Contact Mrs. Eller, trip coordinator, at 833-4142 ext 27297 or email email@example.com for additional information, including the special code needed to register on the website.
Congratulations to Ruckel's Odyssey of the Mind teams for their successful
showings in the Regional and State Competitions.
They earned 2nd and 3rd place at Regional and 7th place in the State competition.
They would like to thank the Hsu Educational Foundation, Vertex Aerospace, Dr. Leah Gagnon,
and Jen Cook, Realtor, Keller Williams, for their financial support!
All cell phones are required to be turned OFF
and placed in a location where they are not visible
2019-2020 Ruckel Rockettes
Tuesday, April 30 to Thursday, May 2
Tryout packets are available in Coach Hallmark's room #909A
All paperwork is due Friday, April 26
Congratulations to the Ruckel students who were awarded prizes
at the East Panhandle Regional Science & Engineering Fair in January!
See the list of winners here!
Sign-up sheets are located in the Gym
Practice Monday thru Thursday, April 29 to May 15
2:30 to 4:45 pm
Be sure to pick up an Athletic Packet when you sign up. Your current paperwork must be filed in the Front Office before you can participate in any practice. See Flyer Here
Summer Football Workouts Here
|Tuesday, May 28||Review|
|Wednesday, May 29||1st period Exam/ 3rd period Exam (lunch) / 2nd period Exam|
|Thursday, May 30||5th period Exam / 4th period Exam (lunch) / 6th period Exam|
|Friday, May 31||Exam make up / Awards Ceremonies / Band and Chorus Assembly|
Study hard!! You can do it!
Going, going, almost gone!!
Order your Yearbook now -- Deadline!!
If you want to get a yearbook for your student, please follow the easy instructions on the Josten's website! Once they're out of stock, that's all, folks! Don't be disappointed -- Order today! To order go to Jostens.com
In addition, the Ambassador Chorus (pictured), was recognized as a Choir of Distinction - the only middle school choir in the FVA District to earn such a rating title.
2019 Van Porter Artist of the Year Show
Congratulations to Ruckel 8th grade students Delaney Cook and Anna Keim for winning awards at the Van Porter Artist of the Year Show hosted by the Arts and Design Society (ADSO) of Fort Walton Beach in February. See more details here.
The Ruckel PTO needs you to volunteer!
Did you know that the PTO raises money that goes to each and every teacher, sports and academic organization at Ruckel?
Register for Remind, a free message service, and stay in touch!
Contact Tanya Warden for more info. PTO Membership Form HERE
to sign up for updates from RMS PTO!
Way to go, Rams!
Ruckel Speech and Debate Team
Members meet weekly after school and participate in district competitions three times per year. Come and see what Speech and Debate is all about.
Listen to morning announcements for details. Mrs. Szklarski is the sponsor.
in the annual regional competition
at the STEMM Academy on February 2. Congratulations to Anthony Madden for placing
in the Top Ten during the individual competition.
Pictured: Bruce T., Peyton E., Anthony M., Bryce M., Kaitlynn M.
Ruckel Chorus Students Excel at FVA Event
Eleven Ruckel 8th Graders participated in a special
Florida Vocal Association Vocal event on Saturday, Feb. 2. Each student sang an academic music solo for UWF Professor Dr. Sheila Dunn. All 11 students received
a top rating of Superior.
Chess Club meetings are held on specific
Fridays from 2:30 to 3:30 in the Media Center.
All levels of players are welcome - beginner to expert!
Watch for our next meeting date
competed in the UDA Florida Dance Championships January 21, 2019 and won 1st place in the state
in the Hip Hop division
and 2nd place in the Jazz division!
Congratulations to the 38 Ruckel Band students who were selected
for the 2018-2019 Okaloosa All-County Honor Band.
See the Band Page for details!
Saturday, May 4 • 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Niceville Community Center
Enjoy Dinner and a DJ
Hosted by the 8th Grade Teachers
Students arrive to start the school day, and must be picked up at Ruckel Middle School
no later than 5:00 pm
$40.00 per student, includes Day Pass, Bus, and Lunch. No Season Passes Accepted!
Please make checks payable to Ruckel Middle School. If you are able, please consider including a little extra for students whose families cannot afford this event.
Please note: Tickets are purchased in advance, and we will not be able to give refunds.
For questions/concerns, please contact Lisa Nall at NallL@okaloosaschools.com
Get ready for fun! Return the completed ON/OFF-CAMPUS SCHOOL ACTIVITY permission form and payment by Tuesday, April 30.
Help your student pick out a tasteful swimsuit for the event. Ensure your student packs sunscreen, a towel, and a cover-up on the day of the event. Extra snacks may be purchased at the park, if you wish to send your student with extra funds.
Chaperones are welcome! Contact Mrs. Nall. Your park entrance and lunch will be paid for. All chaperones MUST ride the bus both ways with the students and must stay the full time so that we are in compliance with school board policy. Thank you!
Lots of great things go on at Ruckel Middle School.
Check here to see the latest accomplishments of
our wonderful students!
Featuring the Builders Club
All 23 7th and 8th grade
Ruckel Chorus Students who auditioned and were selected for the 2019 Florida All State Chorus performed in Tampa
on January 12.
At the National Flight Academy at NAS Pensacola, students can experience one of the most exciting and immersive learning adventures in the world aboard the world's largest simulated aircraft carrier. Explore programs that inspire interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
See this flyer for more details
2018-2019 Membership Form Here
Next meeting Monday, April 29, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center
It takes more than teachers, staff, parents, and students to make a strong school.
Follow this link to see how YOU can help!
Eye M.D. of Niceville
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!
Watch for our Next Assembly
Mrs. Lisa Nall • 8th Grade Science
Congratulations to Ruckel's Education Support Person of the Year
Mrs. Martha Swords!
Congratulations to Ruckel's Varsity and JV Academic Teams for each taking
First Place in the first tournament of the season! Go Rams!
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
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.
Congratulations to Ruckel student Anna Keim, who won Best in Show for the Okaloosa County Art in the Florida State Capitol Art Show!
This is her second year in a row winning this title, and the third year in a row a Ruckel student has won this honor. Her artwork, a two-point perspective 'futuristic city' project, was displayed in the Tallahassee Capitol in January 2019.
Congratulations to the Ruckel Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams
2018 District Champions!! The Varsity & JV Teams also did an
excellent job at the State Championships -- info here!
Congratulations to the Ruckel Volleyball Team
2018 District Champions!!
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.
Then email Mrs. Watson, our volunteer coordinator at WatsonS@Okaloosaschools.com
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
Healthy Okaloosa Schools Newsletter
for December: English Here • En espanol aqui
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!
Parents who check a student out of class or sign in as a visitor or volunteer
MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVER LICENSE as their identification.
Please complete all end-of-day student check-outs by 2:00 pm.
Contact the Front Office at 833-4142 if you have questions
Please update your contact list in the Front Office
if any changes have occurred! .
Policy for students checking out on Pep Rally days:
If you know you will be checking your student out on a pep rally day, please check them out before 1:00 pm. Otherwise, students will report to a separate location
until checkout so that they can be easily located.
and afternoon pick up at the Car Rider Ramp.
See Car Rider Details Here • Procedures for Bad Weather HERE
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
Ruckel Girls Golf Team -- 2019 2A District Champions!
Ruckel Boys Golf Team -- 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 Cross Country Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Ruckel Girls Cross Country Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Ruckel Boys Swim Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Ruckel Girls Swim Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Ruckel Boys Track Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Ruckel Lady Rams Softball Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Ruckel Baseball Team -- 2018 Runners Up!
Ruckel Girls Golf Team -- 2018 Runners Up!
Ruckel Boys Tennis Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Ruckel Girls Tennis Team -- 2018 District Champions!
Your bus note must include the following information: your first and last name,
the student's name and address you are riding with, their bus number and their
As always, take your note to the Front Office and a bus pass will be issued.
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!
2019 Jeffrey Scott Davey Aviation Art & Science Contest, for students ages 7 to 18.
Visit our Scholarships page for more information!
Ruckel's One-Stop Shop for Supplies & Spirit Gear!
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. 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.
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!
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).
- Chess Club: The first Chess Club meets on selected Mondays, 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.
- 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 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 available here.
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
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.
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
Girls Soccer • Boys Soccer • Girls Golf • Boys Golf
Congratulations to our 2018 Ruckel District Champions
Boys Track • Softball Team • Boys 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
areas of the county. If you are interested, please call!
North office • 689-7301 South office 833-3555 • Central office 833-4161
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
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.
Updated April 2018
Course descriptions are available HERE!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
See full details in our 2018 flyer HERE.
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 September 10, 2018 and
continue through the fall. If you are interested, act now.
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.
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!
• 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
OKALOOSA COUNTY UPDATED SPORTS FORMS
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.
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.