Proctors Needed!
FSA testing is quickly approaching at Ruckel, and we are looking for volunteer test proctors for all of our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classrooms. The upcoming FSA writing assessment will take place on Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2 from 7:45 am until 10:30 am. Proctors can be Ruckel parents or any community member interested in volunteering. If you are available to proctor for our upcoming FSA Writing assessment on March 1 and/or March 2, please sign up in the Front Office, or contact Mrs. Williams in Guidance. Proctors must have a current Volunteer Affidavit on file, and must attend a proctor training which will be held at 7:20 am on the day of testing. At the completion of the proctor training, each proctor will be assigned to a testing room, and their responsibilities will include helping the test administrator monitor students during testing.
We welcome Ruckel parents as proctors, however, parents may not proctor in a testing room in which their child is testing. For questions regarding proctoring, please contact the Ruckel Guidance Department.
""Change for Children Fund Drive • February 8 to 19
Students will be asked to donate their change (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters) for the "Change for Children" fundraiser campaign supporting Children in Crisis, Inc., a non-profit organization which runs The Children's Neighborhood in Fort Walton Beach."Change" will be collected only in Math classes, which will compete against each other for the most collected funds. The Math class with the most collected donations will receive a prize.
No School Monday, February 15 -- Presidents' Day

Didn't make it to campus? Shop from home through February 19
and we will still get the credit for the sales!
""Congratulations to Ruckel's MathCounts team
for winning the County competition!! On to State!

Details here
""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! Note: An update will be released when report cards come out, but you'll be ready to go!
See flyer HERE

""""Ram Rally for Rising 6th Graders
Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Zoning waivers are available!
Visit our Academics Page for 2015-2016 Registration Forms and Curriculum Guides!
• Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!
""After-school Football workouts will start Monday, February 15.
Workouts will run from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Athletes will need water,
cleats, and weather-appropriate clothing.
Remember to turn in your sports participation forms to the Front Office.

Softball Pre-season conditioning will begin February 9 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.
Sign up in Mr. Olson's room, #503.
All participants must have their sports paperwork packet turned in before they will be allowed to participate.

""2016 RMS Tennis Teams
Signups for tryouts are in the weight room with Coach Hedges
Tryouts will be held at Gleneagles Courts, 1200 Oakmont Niceville, FL 32578
Girls Tryouts – February 23, 24, 25

Boys Tryouts – February 26, 29, and March 1
*Dates are subject to change based on rain.
In order to participate in any athletic team, students must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average and the Sports Participation Forms on file in the Front Office.
All students need to leave a parent phone number for coach to schedule their tryout date and time.

Pre-season 2016 Track & Field practice
February 29 to March 3 & March 7 to March 10 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.

See more details on the Track & Field page.

""The Archery Club shot at a tournament at Meigs on January 23, and
Ruckel had two of the top three shooters:
Krista Benaglio was 2nd place and Ryley Guest was 3rd place.
The team is practicing for the State Tournament, set
for Saturday, February 13 at Meigs Middle School.

Way to go, Rams!!
""""Congratulations to our award-winning Ruckel Rockettes!
The Ruckel Rockettes competed in one of the largest dance team competitions in the country the last weekend in January in Orlando, Florida. They received 9th place in the middle school Hip Hop division and 4th place in the middle school Jazz division. They were the only middle school team that is not a performing arts or magnet school to place in the top 4 in the Jazz division. This is a HUGE honor and accomplishment.
We are proud to say the Ruckel Rockettes are ranked 4th in the Nation!

In late January, the dance team competed at a state competition and the girls earned 1st place on their Jazz routine, 2nd place on Hip Hop (missed 1st place by only 0.13 of a point), and received the Best Choreography award for their Jazz routine. Go Rams!
""8th GRADERS – High School Registration
Eighth Grade Parents -- Can't find the Parent Letter for high school registration?
Here are some highlights:
Thursday, February 11, NHS will be coming to Ruckel to meet with students and review curriculum guide info during their Social Studies classes. Thursday, February 18, NHS will be coming back to Ruckel for online registration with students during their Language Arts classes.

""Congratulations to the Ruckel students who were winners of
our Science Fair -- and good luck to those continuing on
to the Regional Science and Engineering Fair! List Here
"" The Ruckel Chess Club will meet Mondays in February and March
with Ms. Swift in the Media Center • 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
See flyer for details!
All levels of players are welcome – beginner to expert!
Contact Ms. Swift for information.
""""Ram Rally for Rising 6th Graders
Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Zoning waivers are available!
Visit our Academics Page for 2015-2016 Registration Forms and Curriculum Guides!
• Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!
"" Order your 2015-2016 Ram Pages Yearbook
for only $65 through April 15.
Order online only!

See the Yearbook Page for full details!

""Ruckel Middle School delivered 2,779 food items to Sharing and Caring just in time for the Thanksgiving Holidays.
The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) organized the food drive and helped load the items for delivery.

Pictured are NJHS officers: David Ott, Katherine Weiss, Charlotte Weaver, Angie Dzoba, Natalie Vroon, Jenna Skalicky, and Principal Paul
"" Please follow directions during morning drop off
and afternoon pick up at the Car Rider Ramp.
See 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.
The RMS French Club asks, "Parlez-vous Français?"

All Ruckel Students interested in learning to speak French, learning more about the world and travel, and trying new foods are invited to join sponsor Mrs. Patterson in Room 905 (the Art room) Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
C'est magnifique!

""Congratulations to Mrs. Brock and
Mrs. Szklarski. They have both been awarded the ACCELerator grants.
They received their grants on November 4
at an event held at the Air Force Armament Museum.
Pictured L to R: Principal Paul Whiddon; Carol Szklarski, who teaches 7th Grade Life Sciences; Scarlett Brock, who teaches 8th Grade Physical Science and STEM Education; and Vice Principal Mark Smith.
"" MathCounts meets on Wednesdays 7:00 – 7:30 am in room 405. Contact Ms. Paul for more information

Support our Cheerleaders and show your Ruckel Spirit
with awesome blinged-out T-shirts
in Youth, Ladies and Regular sizes!

Success Center is a study help/tutoring program after school.
Students will need a registration form completed and returned in order to attend.
Registration forms can be picked up in the Guidance Office.
""Help raise funds for Ruckel Middle School -- just buy a Chick-Fil-A T-shirt for $23!
When you wear the T-shirt to the Niceville Chick-Fil-A, on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, you will receive a FREE item of the month.
September's feature is a Deluxe Chicken Sandwich, so come ot the Ruckel Front Office with cash or check made out to RMS and pick up your very own T-shirt.

T-shirt promotion good through December 2016!
Introducing Ruckel Middle School Partners in Education!
It takes more than teachers, staff, parents, and students to make a strong school.
See how YOU can help!

Thank you to our newest Partners in Education:
Gold Level Partners in Education:
Dr. & Mrs. Darren Cook
Paul & Joan Wilkens (in Memoriam)
Black Level Partners in Education:
The Crist Family
The Cathell Familly
Huff Homes
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!
to sign up for updates from RMS PTO!
"" 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
Click Here and fill out the form to have your email address added
to our distribution list!
Do you need to unsubscribe from RMS Email? Click here for info!

Join the Multicultural Club to celebrate and gain an appreciation of our nation's diverse cultures! See Ms. Beachem (room 603) or the Front Office for an application packet.
We meet every Tuesday in room 603 from 2:30-3:30 pm.

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: "A Novel Idea" Book Club Tuesdays at 2:30 pm. Students should contact Mrs. Eller for additional details.
  • Chess Club: Chess Club will meet on 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.
  • MathCounts We are seeking a parent volunteer to run our MathCounts program. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Watson.
  • Odyssey of the Mind 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 stop by Mrs. Brock's room (rm 409) to pick up an application. Completed forms are due back
    by Tuesday, September 1. 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 and third Fridays from 7:00 to 7:30 am in the Media Center. Out first meeting will be Friday, September 4 -- 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!
""What is Just Take 20?
The Florida Department of Education created the Just Take 20 campaign to provide K-12 Florida families with practical, easy-to-implement reading activities that establish literacy as a lifelong value. Just Take 20 encourages families to seize everyday teachable moments by using 20 minutes a day to integrate reading into their busy lives. Families are invited to create their own custom literacy plans and have fun while learning! Check it out!
This school year, there will no longer be early release for elementary or middle school classes.
More info on our Calendar Page.

Check out the 2015-2016 School Calendar HERE
"" 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!
• Learn about Math classes offered for High School credit here at Ruckel
• Learn about Math, IT, and Science classes offered for High School credit here at Ruckel
• Notice of instructors teaching out of field 2014-2015 ""
"" The entire committee sincerely thanks all of our sponsors who have donated their time, talent and treasure.
We proudly announce that the Edwards Family are generously funding ALL the lights for four courts! To complete our last projects of shade, seating and Eagle Ram maintenance fund, we have a few more fundraisers -- Go Eagles, Go Rams!
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 2013-2014 Annual School Public Accountability Report
is available at this link.
""Eligible 7th grade students are encouraged to register for the Duke University
Talent Identification Program (TIP) Talent Search.
2015 Info Letter Here.

The first paper application postmark deadline is Oct. 1, 2015, although online
registration is preferred. Please visit the Duke TIP Web Site for details about the Talent Search.
Please call the Guidance Office at 833-4154 if you have further questions.
Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) TESTING INFORMATION:
Below are some links on which your students can practice… -- Lots of lessons & games to practice -- Select "Qwerty" for correct lessons

Practice FSA can be found at
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, Julie Riffle. 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'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 "
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.

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 Links Page -- here's a sample:

"" Need a little tutoring help at home?
Check our Links Page for online textbooks, typing, and more!
Visit the link to FDLRS info for parents on our Links Page!
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.

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

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!

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.
"" 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 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  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!

    Download the appropriate Okaloosa County Sports Forms HERE! Please dispose of any old forms.
    Last Updated February 11, 2016