Have a safe and happy Holiday!
Classes Resume Monday, January 5, 2015
FCA meets the first and third Friday of each month
at 7:00 am in the Media Center.

Supper Saturday, December 20 -- New Date!
Thank you to the Ruckel PTO
for sponsoring the
Winter Wonderland Glam Dance
Friday, December 12!

Congratulations to the 17 – yes, SEVENTEEN! – Ruckel Chorus Students who earned spots in the elite All State Choruses. These students worked hard all summer, before, and after school to earn this privilege. See list HERE.
You can help raise funds for the Ruckel RamBand
while you shop at Amazon.com!

Just access the Amazon.com site through the link on the Band Page here,
and a portion of your purchase will go to support the RamBand!!
Be sure to click before you shop on Amazon -- it doesn't cost you anything,
you can still use your Prime membership, and you'll be helping the Rams!

Congratulations to Ruckel Middle School teachers Scarlett Brock and Lisa Nall on being awarded the 2014 NDIA ACCELerator Grant. They were presented with the award at the 2014 NDIA Symposium Social at the Air Armament Museum on Wednesday, November 5.

""In an effort to improve system practices, Okaloosa County School District is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to participate, please go to:
Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
Denise H. McLaughlin, M. Ed, Specialist, Professional Development. OCSD
Thank you to our latest Adopt A Classroom sponsors!
The Ashworth Family • The Brannan Family
Remember to label your coats and jackets so they can be returned
to the right person if you leave them behind in a classroom!!
Ruckel Middle School's National Junior Honor Society held a canned food drive for Niceville's Sharing and Caring. Ruckel delivered more than 2300 food items to Sharing and Caring on November 21.
Mrs. Fox's class collected the most cans at 161. Mrs. Swift's class was second place with 131 and third place went to Mrs. Thomas' class with 124. Honorable Mentions went to Mrs. Duty's class with 111 cans and Mr. Anderson's class with 106.
See Photos Here
"" Several FCA athletes were presented
with "Go the Distance" Awards
Stefanie Markwardt – volleyball
Logan Laffitte– cross country
Sal Lucido – football
Hannah Langston– cross countr
Carly Crist – cross country

""""""""""Ruckel Ram Jam • October 31Photos Here
Our largest fundraiser of the year, our 3rd Annual Ram Jam, is an entirely PTO-run event.
This means the school will be able to benefit from 100% of the proceeds. See flyer here.
Check out the Chess Club! We meet on Mondays at 2:30 pm in the Media Center with Ms. Swift. Contact her to see which weeks we will be meeting in 2015, You may still join if you missed the first meetings.
All levels of players are welcome - beginner to expert!

See the Chess Club Page for the latest schedule!
Congratulations to the JV Academic Team for winning
the County Academic Meet October 25!! Go Rams!

Riley Cleveland
Elliot Etheridge
Glenn Garmon
Joseph Huisken
Gavin Mattern
Mya Nunez
Congratulations to the 40 Ruckel Band members selected to be part of the
2014-2015 All-County Honor Band! See the list here!
Announcing the 2014-2015 RAMBOTS Team:
Jake Hill, Hunter Pruitt, Maccray Simmers, Randy Tyson, Frank Berte,
Kaden Bennett, Lilly Bolin, Kaitlyn Edwards, Brittney Hall, David Laird, Sean Mikus,
Dylan Money, Lauren Nix, Johnny Parr, Justin Phillips, David Ott, D. J. Tomasetti,
Nick VanNimwegen.
CW Ruckel Middle School 2013-2014 Annual School Public Accountability Report
is available at this link.
Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Leadership Council members from the Ambassador Chorus:
Presidents Ricky Kozak and Yolanda Stallworth;
Vice President Hannah Sjostrom; Secretaries Sally Clifton and Zachary Wendt; Librarians Kayla Stephensen, Ashleigh Wallace, Hannah Vitt, Josh Riley; Special Projects Tabitha Hanson, Barret Mullinix, Chloe Keiran.
Not pictured: Simrun Sharma and Bill Danielak.

The School Advisory Council (SAC) meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month in the Media Center at 7:00 am.
“A Novel Idea” Book Club
began Tuesday, October 7, at 2:30 pm
in Miss Scott’s room, #408!!!
Students should contact Mrs. Eller
or Miss Scott for additional details.

This tutoring and homework help program is available Tuesday through Thursday at 2:30 in the RMS Media Center. Please contact Ms. Love or the Guidance Office for permission forms.
Show your Ruckel Pride
with a new Rhinestone Spirit Shirt!
Details on the Cheerleader Page!

Congratulations to Ruckel's FCAT Superstars!
See more of the celebration on the OCSD Facebook Page here.
FCAT Superstars listed by achievement here.
Next Early Release Day is Thursday, January 8, at 11:35 am
More info on our Calendar Page.

NEW Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) TESTING INFORMATION:
UPDATE (as of Nov 5th, 2014): After evaluating feedback from districts, educators, parents and other stakeholders in Florida, there has been a revision to the Computer Based Testing that will be administered this Spring. Grades 4-7 will complete their FSA Writing Test through Paper-Based administration. (Previously, this was only 4th grade.) Grades 8-11 will remain a Computer Based administration for the Writing component.
We are pleased that the DOE is listening to concerns and making adjustments that we feel are best for our students. 8th graders should continue to practice their typing skills so that they will be prepared for the writing assessment!
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

New! Practice FSA can be found at www.fsassessments.org
"" What Not to Wear...Ruckel Edition!   •  Ruckel Dress Code Policies

• Shorts, skirts, and dresses should reach at least mid-thigh.
This includes boys – please be aware of the length of "Chubbies" shorts.
• No undergarments showing ("T" back shirts that show straps are not allowed).
Tank top straps should be wide enough to cover undergarments.
• No holes in pants above the knee.
"" Would you like Ruckel Middle School news delivered straight to your Inbox?
Sign up for the RMS Email List!
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""eParents, we are looking for a Parent Volunteer to coach our Varsity MathCounts Team. We have had Parent Volunteers for the past four years, but as their students move on to the high school, so do the coaches. The team has four members and one alternate. Generally we take eight students to the District Competition. The winning team and one Alternate automatically advance to the State competition in Orlando, Florida over spring break. It is a wonderful opportunity for students who love Math to demonstrate their skills and be exposed to some amazing Mathletes.
Ruckel has gone to State every year for more than 15 years! If you would be interested in Coaching this team please contact Susie Watson at watsons@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us

Order your 2014-2015 Ram Pages Yearbook for only $60!

Online ONLY from October 1 to January 31, 2015.

To order online, go to JostensYearbooks.com
""Eagle Ram Tennis Center is ready for play!
All seven courts are complete!
Naming opportunities are still available for the Ruckel Middle School
and Niceville High School Eagle Ram Tennis Center:
$7,500 Patio Naming, $5,000 Deck Naming, $5,000 Brick Naming,
$5,000 Ball Wall. Stop by and see our progress!!
The brick campaign is ongoing -- you may buy a brick at anytime.

Academic Team - Interested students see Mrs. Brock for Varsity (7th & 8th grade).
Nurse's Corner
All medications must be brought by the parent to the nurse’s office. The parent must fill out and sign a consent form and turn it in with the medication to the nurse. No student is allowed on campus with any medication. If the student brings in medications, it can result in a discipline referral -- this is a county regulation. Download the Dispersion of Medication Form here.
Ruckel teachers and staff beat the heat for a good cause Friday afternoon, making donations to the ALS Foundation and withstanding buckets of ice cubes and a dousing with a firehose. See the entire story on the Northwest Florida Daily News website

Photo credit: Devon Ravine/Daily News

""Holiday Box Tops, Campbell's Soup/Labels for Education CONTEST
Ask your family and friends to save Box Tops, Labels for education and Tyson ProjectA+ bar codes. Bring them in a Ziploc bag with Students name, grade and 1st period teacher. turn into the 1st period teacher or bring to front office. The contest runs from November 1, 2014 till February 1 2015. There will be a donut celebration for the winning class in each grade.

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.
""Eligible 7th grade students are encouraged to register for the Duke University
Talent Identification Program (TIP) Talent Search. Info Letter Here.
The first paper application postmark deadline is October 9, 2014.
Please visit the Duke TIP Web Site for details about the Talent Search.
Online registration is available and recommended.

Please call the Guidance Office at 833-4154 if you have further questions.
""""Learn more about being
Zoning waivers are available!
Visit our Academics Page for curriculum details! • Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!
All students must leave campus after school unless they are involved "
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

Ruckel students honored our veterans at the annual Memorial Day ceremony
at Dolittle Park -- see photos on our Spotlight Page!
Okaloosa County In School Suspension (ISS) Policy -- details here
Ruckel Middle School Mobile Device
Acceptable Use Practices

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

Congratulations to our 2014 Ruckel District Champions
Baseball • Girls Golf • Boys Tennis • Boys Track Team • Softball
Boys Soccer • Girls Soccer • Boys Swim Team
Congratulations to our 2013 Ruckel District Champions
Girls Cross Country Champs • Boys Cross Country, Runners-up
Amazing job, Athletes, Coaches, and Parents! GO RAMS!!

2012-2013 Ruckel Championships
Visit lots of useful sites from our Links Page -- here's a sample:

"" Need a little tutoring help at home?
Check our Links Page for FCAT Explorer, online textbooks, and more!
Visit the link to FDLRS info for parents on our Links Page!
Plus mobile access to tutor.com for Military Families!
Focus: Florida Achieves is a site to assess and improve skills for FCAT and other assessment exams. You need your password from your teacher.
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
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.


This is an important announcement for parents of students in Okaloosa County schools
from Mary Beth Jackson, Superintendent of Schools.

"I want to reach out to you today as both Superintendent and as a parent to share with you my concerns about a highly offensive social media "app" called "After School" that is targeted at middle and high school students - The app is marketed as an anonymous and private message board for your school.

I want to emphasize that this app is in no way affiliated or endorsed by the school district and does not exist on our network.

In some cases, students have used this app to make hurtful, profane comments and in other cases display graphic and sexually explicit videos. Because the app allows for anonymous postings and occurs completely outside the school district's network, there is little we can do to track down information from a technology standpoint when a student is being targeted. Rest assured, however, your child's school will work with our Student Services department and local law enforcement officials when warranted to investigate any issues of cyberbullying that are uncovered.

This app has caused so much difficulty, in so little time, that I want to reach out to our students, staff, families, and the community to ask everyone to help monitor this app and to eliminate its use."

Shop at the
cube logo
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
Look for us in the Locker Hall!
Send kids to school with cash or a check made out to RMS.

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.
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. Brock for Varsity (7th & 8th grade).
  • Book Club: "A Novel Idea" Book Club will begin Tuesday, October 7, at 2:30 pm in Miss Scott's room, #408!!! Students should contact Mrs. Eller or Miss Scott for additional details.
  • Chess Club: Our first meeting will be October 13, and we meet at 2:30 pm in the Media Center with
    Ms. Swift. All levels of players are welcome - beginner to expert! For more information contact Ms. Swift at swiftl@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us
  • MathCounts Varsity and JV teams are usually formed. Mrs. Paul is the sponsor this year. If we do well, we will be going to the State Competition in Orlando! Go Rams! For more information, email Mrs. Paul.
  • Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. For more information, see Mrs. Duty.
  • Student Government Association (SGA) meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7:15 am in Room #502. Their sponsor is Mr. Chambers.
  • The Multicultural Club celebrates diverse cultures and ethnic groups. Meetings are held on Tuesday afternoons until 3:30 pm in Mrs. Beachem's room #705. 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 second and fourth 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!
Congratulations to the Ruckel Students who earned State Recognition in the 2014 Duke TIP program:
Grace Hall, Sarah Markwardt, Jacob Oliver, Simrun Sharma, Macray Simmers, John Snell, Randy Tyson, Hannah Vitt, Conner Vores, Ella Wright. Hannah Vitt also earned Grand Recognition! Go Rams!
The RMS web site is only as current as the information which is provided --
if YOU have something 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!
""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 postsecondary 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.
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!
"" 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

"" 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!
  • ""The Florida Department of Education has developed an online tool called Success Measures to help parents and families throughout the state learn about changes to our standards and assessments. Provide your student's grade level and courses, and learn more about the assessments which will pertain to them.

    Important info for students enrolled in advanced Math classes at Ruckel Middle School

    Info about Math classes offered for High School credit here at Ruckel

    Info about Math, IT, and Science classes offered for High School credit here at Ruckel

    Notice of instructors teaching out of field 2014-2015 ""

    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 ranging from a missing child or crime in progress to a traffic crash that shuts down an area road. 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.
    ""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 following link http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.  Congratulations!

    Parent Resource Forms:
    • State of Florida - School Entry Health Exam - Form
    • Volunteer Affadavit - Form NOTE: Volunteer paper work has to be done EVERY CALENDAR SCHOOL year!

    OKALOOSA COUNTY UPDATED SPORTS FORMS - effective September 12, 2014
    Download the appropriate Okaloosa County Sports Forms HERE! Please dispose of any old forms.
    Last Updated December 20, 2014