Welcome to Ruckel Middle School

Parents and rising Sixth Graders are invited to our
2017 Ram Rally
Thursday, March 2 at 6:00 pm
in the Ruckel Gymnasium
After a program, future Rams and their parents visited
with teachers, coaches, and club sponsors to find out
about the exciting things to do at Ruckel.

We look forward to welcoming you as a Ruckel Ram!
Zoning waivers are available!


2017-2018 Registration Forms Curriculum Guides Here

Ruckel students excel. We have a TRADITION of being County Champions in athletics, first in the state in academics, and receiving superior rankings at the national level in the arts. We know our success in academics, athletics, and the arts is a result of the teamwork between students, teachers, coaches, parents and community.
trio of studentsAcademics
• Earned its 16th consecutive A+ from the state of Florida • is known throughout the state for its rigorous academics and commitment to excellence • more students in advanced courses than any school in the district to include five that are eligible for high school credit • is a CHOICE Technology Institute, the first middle school to achieve this status •most of our students take a course in technology • Two technology courses are eligible for high school credit and industrial certifications • more students recognized by Duke University than any other middle school in our district • highest scores in the district for FCAT Reading and FCAT Writing • met all criteria for high achievement for the Federal Race to the Top • placed in Tech Bowl seven years straight • Academic Teams and Knowledge Master Teams frequently placed first in the state of Florida • has repeatedly won the Emerald Coast Chapter MathCounts Competitions and our team participates in the state competition.
Arts
• Our band had more students eligible for All-State Band than any school in the state of Florida and recently won a first place in a national competition! • Our Chorus had more students qualify for All-State Chorus than any other school in our district and earned all superior ratings in every competition • Dozens of placed ribbons in a recent Okaloosa County School District Art Show
ram mascot
Athletics
We were
• 2016 district champions in Boys and Girls Weightlifting,
Boys and Girls Tennis, Boys Track, Boys Swimming, Girls Golf,
Girls Cross Country
• 2015 district champions in Boys Swim, Boys and Girls Tennis. Baseball, Softball, and Girls Golf
• 2014 district champions in Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys Track
• 2013 district champions in Girls and Boys Soccer and Swimming, Baseball, Softball, Girls Tennis, Girls Track, and Boys and Girls Golf
• 2010-2011, our athletic season was amazing!
• 2009-1010, our sports teams captured 11 of 18 possible district championships and finished runner-up in 4 others. That school year we did not have an athletic team with a losing record! This is the best performance at Ruckel since we switched from Junior High School to Middle School in 1989! We anticipate many more championships!

student with hatRuckel students learn how science and social studies content connected to the "real world." We know that your child needs more than success on state tests in order to compete in a global world. The high-wage, high demand jobs in your child's future are in fields that require high levels of education in science and math. Being highly literate with these skills are absolutely vital for success. Ruckel includes grade-wide activities such as 6th graders doing coastal water analysis and 8th graders participating in a simulated Challenger Mission to Mars at FSU. Our social studies classes will use census data to understand how government develops budgets. We intend to improve and will continue to intensify our efforts with the RAM program because America depends on our students' technological progress and ability to apply knowledge to new situations.
The caliber of Ruckel Middle School students far exceeds expectations.

We will begin in the Gymnasium so that you can see some of our exciting school activities and meet our faculty. Then we will move to the Cafeteria to give you an opportunity to speak with our 6th grade teachers and gather more information on electives, activities, and sports.

Research has shown that middle school can contribute to college and career readiness when students are academically challenged and develop necessary academic behaviors.

Here at Ruckel Middle School, we are dedicated to our students so that they may reach their potential as students and later as adults. We do challenge them academically and do expect them to become responsible, self-directed young people.

Registration Information -- See our Academics Page
You and your child will select the electives for next year. Your child’s four core courses will be selected by his/her teachers. This decision is not solely based on test scores, but on many factors that makes the teacher the best source for course selection.

If you disagree with the teacher’s selection, please request a course waiver form from your child’s teacher or guidance counselor. We will honor your request for change but your child will stay in the course you request for the entire school year. This course waiver form must be attached to the registration form when you return it to your school.

Please remember that we want your child to be in the most demanding classes possible and that middle school is the perfect “nest” to learn academic behaviors before grade point average (GPA) is important.

Graduation Options for the State of Florida

Your child can earn two of the three vocational credits needed to qualify for a Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship while still in middle school! This Florida Bright Futures Scholarship pays for 75% of college tuition. Students are eligible after taking Introduction to IT and Web Design I here at Ruckel followed by Web Design II at Niceville. Check out all the criteria at www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org.
Remember…the 2008 Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 610, which was signed into law by Governor Crist on June 2, 2008. Senate Bill 610 requires the equivalent of one class period per day of Physical Education for one semester of each year for students in grades 6
through 8.This requirement may be waived in writing by the student’s parent requesting that the student enroll in another course OR that the student is participating in physical activities outside the school day which are equal to or in excess of the mandated requirement. If you wish to exempt your child from P.E., please indicate this on the registration form.
Both student and parent must sign the registration form and return it to the homeroom teacher by the due date. Electives will be selected for students who do not return their forms. Please call us at 833-4142 if you need assistance.
Come see what a special place Ruckel is and what we have to offer you!

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