COVID-19 Information and Policies
Chronicles in COVID Newsletter • See all issues HERE
OCSD COVID Dashboard

Ruckel Families: Keep up with school work while you're out of class for an extended period.
Information Flyer HERE

Thanksgiving School Holiday • November 25 to 27 • See you Monday, November 30!
FREE MEALS FOR ALL STUDENTS -- Visit our Cafeteria Page for more information
Free Meal Program expires December 18, 2020. Families are urged to apply NOW
for Free or Reduced Price Meal benefits next semester. See Flyer HERE

drawing of portrait of a young man

Congratulations to Ruckel 7th grader Brodie Lacanilao
for winning Best in Show for Art in the Capitol 2020.

He knocked this portrait out of the park! His work will represent Okaloosa County and hang in the Florida State Capitol rotunda in Tallahassee.

treble clefCongratulations to the Ruckel Band Students who have been selected
to participate in Florida's 2021 All State Band!
Sophia Cafarelli, Andrew Roberts and Isaac Nelms
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Congratulations to the Ruckel Chorus Students who have been selected
as members of Florida's 2021 All State Chorus!
bass clefSophia Cafarelli, Ella Ladd, Shaun Malonzo, Ethan Milonas, Noelle Yen,
Emilia Pedone, Paige Randolph and Carly Riffle
• • •
Congratulations to Ruckel Student Rebekah Weber for being selected
as a member of Florida's 2021 All State Middle School Orchestra!

Congratulations to Ruckel's 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year, History teacher Jon Olson,
and to Ruckel's 2020-2021 Educational Support Person of the Year, Mr. Wright!
Congratulations to the Ruckel Football Team
2020 District Champions!!
Congratulations to the Ruckel Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams
2020 District Champions!!
Congratulations to the Ruckel Volleyball Team
2020 District Champions!!
soccer ball
2020-2021 Girls Soccer Tryouts begin Monday, November 30
Note New Tryout Date!
See Tryout Flyer for details HERE
collection of art materials as clip artArt Club Meetings
6th Graders on Tuesdays
from 2:30 to 3:30 pm
7th and 8th graders on Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Join us in Room 905 -- Everyone is welcome!
Note -- No Art Club Nov. 18 or 25 -- See you Dec. 2!
Contact Gina Piccorossi for more information
basket full of foodANNUAL FOOD DRIVE
Ruckel's National Junior Honor Society collected non-perishable food items
as a donation to Niceville's Sharing and Caring charity.

Thanks to everyone who contributed!
Ad to Buy your Yearbook NOWOrder your 2020-2021 Ram Pages Yearbook Online Only!
2021 Yearbook Order link HERE • Online payment plans available
To order, visit
Price is $60 each - Order Now!
Got photos that belong in the RamPages Yearbook?
We're looking for Football • Volleyball • Cross Country • Dances
Pep Rallies • Quarantine Fun • First Day of School
-- Info Here
School Picture Proofs were sent home on Friday, November 6 -- check with your student.
The Proof Card will have the access code for placing your photo order.
You may order school pictures online or by calling Bill Miller at 256-892-3150.
See your grades online with parent portalElectronic Report Cards on the OCSD Parent Portal.
Superintendent's Grading Information for Parents HERE
All report cards can be viewed and/or printed using Parent Portal.
If you choose, you may view the current report card on Parent Portal.
If you do not know how to access the system, please visit the Grades Online page at Parent Portal Tips HERE
If you need assistance, please contact our school. Thank you!
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Sign up for the RMS Email List!
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!
Please be sure to unsubscribe from the RMS email list if your student is no longer here!
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
Please don't use the teacher parking lot behind the Cafeteria or St. Jude's Church parking lot. These are NOT designated pick up/drop off areas for students.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Click Here
for more information about appropriate procedures.
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.

FCA logo
FCA is currently unable to meet due to our large size and Covid restrictions. We will revisit this decision in January as more restrictions are lifted. Contact Mrs. Marello for more information.
four people holding veterans poster
Thank to Elaine and Ron Lajeunesse.
They donated this sign to Ruckel Middle School for the Veterans Celebration Event.

On Tuesday, November 10, Ruckel students added short, positive, thankful messages to the sign in tribute to our veterans and active military.
Elaine Lajeunesse is the Team Eglin School Liaison.

Ruckel Veterans' Day Video - CLICK HERE
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.
germs graphicgerms graphic DON'T come to school feeling ill!
Parents and Guardians, keep your student AT HOME if they have
ANY of the following symptoms:

• Fever greater than 99.9°F -- it doesn't matter if it comes down using fever-reducing medicines such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Controlling the fever does not control the infection!
• Vomiting more than once • Diarrhea
Colds and influenza are the most contagious during the first 48 hours and we ask that you please keep your student AT HOME if they are not feeling well. Thank you for helping keep our students healthy and in school!

coronavirus photoThe Okaloosa County School District wants to share important resources regarding
the Coronavirus and information regarding keeping children healthy.

OCSD information page HERE Parent Letter HEREHand washing tips HERE
Interested in Athletics at Ruckel Middle School? Remember you will need your
Sports Participation Forms
on file with the Front Office before practice or tryouts.
Be prepared -- get them done now!
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Prevent Respiratory Illness

During this time and in collaboration with the Dept. of Health in Okaloosa County, we ask that you help us protect our students and staff by practicing the following prevention steps:

Cover your mouth & nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze • Wash your hands often
Try not to touch your face with unwashed hands • Don't touch shake hands with ill persons
Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces • Stay home when you're sick.
School Immunizations
The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend every child continues to receive routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Vaccines are provided at no cost for children 18 years and younger at DOH-Okaloosa. Appointments are required. Call 850-833-9246 to schedule yours.
221 Hospital Drive NE, Fort Walton Beach • 810 E. James Lee Blvd, Crestview
Visit for more information
What Your Child Needs For 2020–2021 School Entry/Attendance
Florida State Dept. of Health Immunization Flyer HERE
health worker logo Nurse's CornerNurse Julie Riffle

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!
Click Here for more info on student flu shots

Healthy Okaloosa Schools Newsletter Here
RMS face maskRMS neck gaiter
Represent the Ruckel Rams AND stay healthy --
contact Coach Reece to order awesome Ruckel face masks & neck gaiters


curly ram graphicCurly ram graphic You are invited to check out the programs
at Ruckel Middle School

"more info about Ruckel Middle School"
Visit our Academics Page
Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!Learn about our PTO here
Registering a new Ruckel student?
County-wide Registration portal for new students HERE
The portal will allow most of the registration process to be completed from home.
Call the Guidance Office at 833-4142 for more information.
See the latest media release HERE
two hands reaching toward each otherCommunity resources are available
for parents and students.
Click here for more details.

Email your counselors for assistance
Families with last names A-K HereL-Z Here

Visit the Ruckel Guidance Resource Page for more useful information!

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Need help with expenses?
State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program provides one-time rental assistance to eligible Okaloosa County residents who have experienced loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic only.
Visit this link for more details.

Title IX -- Students in Transition Newsletter
November 6 -- Veterans Stand Down -- Crestview, FL -- See Flyer Here
Military Kids logo The Military 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

We are now offering video-conference non-medical counseling. See Flyer HERE
Letter for Military Parents to access counseling HERE
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Ruckel Celebrates Patriot Day
and supports a Staff Member!

Click here to see what was
going on lately!

"e-devices" Mobile Device/Cell Phone Policy at Ruckel Middle School
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

Congratulations to these Ruckel 7th Graders for excelling in the Duke TIP Program!
Five student portraits of Duke Tip award winnersCraig Falzone, Campbell Hough, Kathryn Kulow, Meridian Sobel and Lillian Suttlemyre are recognized at the State level while Lillian Suttlemyre is also being recognized at the Grand level!
See more details HERE
Congratulations to Ruckel's Boys and Girls Cross CountryTeams!
-- 2020 County Champions -- AGAIN!
Congratulations to Ruckel's Boys and Girls Weightlifting Teams!
-- 2020 County Champions!
Congratulations to the Lady Rams Volleyball Team
-- 2020 County Champions AGAIN!! --
See past Championship teams HERE
FSA logoFlorida 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
Practice FSA can be found at
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

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!

Messages sent to this email will only respond to RMS website issues.
Please email school administration with other questions. Thank you!
PTO News logo The Ruckel PTO needs you to participate!

Register for Remind, a free message service, and stay in touch!
Contact Tanya Warden for more info.
PTO Membership Form HERE
"click here to sign up for Remind service" to sign up for updates from RMS PTO!
Art Club If you are interested in joining, contact Ms. Piccorossi in room 905 for more information.
Everyone is welcome! Supply donations are very much appreciated!

Ruckel Speech and Debate Team Meetings are held on Tuesdays in Room 210 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Mrs. Love is the coach.

Ruckel's RoboRAMS Students interested in joining Ruckel's RoboRAMS robotics team may
contact Mrs. Nunez or Mrs. Tabor in room 704 for more information.

NEW! Theatre Club is learning backstage skills, costuming, and more!
Contact Ms. Barron for more information.

Chess Club All levels are welcome. Contact Mrs. Kempton for more information. Come every Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the Media Center and learn or improve your skills!

Builders Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month after school from 2:30 to 3:30 pm
in Mrs. Lennon's classroom #501.

Ruckel App Coding Group meets Monday and Wednesday 2:30-3:45 in Mrs. Marshall's room P02.
Contact Mrs. Marshall for more info

FCA FCA is currently unable to meet due to our large size and Covid restrictions. We will revisit this decision in January as more restrictions are lifted. Mrs. Marello is the sponsor.

Academic Team Interested 6th Grade students volunteer with your science teacher for Junior Varsity
and see Mrs. Nunez for Varsity (7th & 8th grade).

MathCounts meets each Wednesday from 7:00 to 7:30 am in Miss Bott's room, Portable 3.

Multicultural Club Meetings are held on Tuesday afternoons until 3:30 pm. The sponsor is Ms. Stalnaker.

National Junior Honor Society meets periodically to work on service projects and for induction
ceremonies. Mrs. Tomassetti is the lead sponsor.

Odyssey of the Mind provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. See Mrs. Cook.

Yearbook Staff meets after school twice a week. Mrs. Marshall is the sponsor.

Is your club missing? Email your information to!

Florida Inclusion Network logoSee Ruckel Middle School's
Best Practices for Inclusive Education report HERE
Learn more about Inclusion resources HERE
The SAC council is comprised of parents, teachers and community members and serves as an advisory board to the school administration.
The SAC meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 am in the Media Center.
school busThe Okaloosa County School District now requires additional information if you are riding a bus not originally assigned to you (ex. going home with a friend).
Your bus note must include the following information:
your entire name, the student's name and address you are riding with, their bus number and their bus stop.
As always, take your note to the Front Office and a bus pass will be issued. See Mrs. Sotelo for info.
We will not have volunteers on campus during the second nine weeks of 2020.

Please watch some short informational videos on the OCSD website
before completing your online volunteer application.

Email Mrs. Watson, our volunteer coordinator at
"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.
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: 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
toothpaste and toothbrushPediatric Dental Clinic for Children with Medicaid
See Flyer Here
Services include: exams, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, X-rays,
fillings, and more.
Appointments are required. Call 850-689-5593 for an appointment.
The clinic is located at 810 James Lee Blvd, Crestview, FL 32539
Visit the Florida Health website for more details HERE

Harvest Hands
Harvest Hands Outreach

provides FREE weekend food
support for students --
donations are needed!
See Details Here

All RMS students have received a green card stating their One Okaloosa ID user names and passwords for signing on to their ClassLink for school resources. Learn more HERE
See your student's grades online with the Parent Portal! More Info HERE
applePlease take a moment to review Ruckel's Attendance Policies here
• 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.
"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

Please check weekly to be sure that your child has money in their Lunch Account.
The application window for meal assistance opened August 4, 2020.
Families can pick up a paper application from their school or apply online at
Okaloosa County Student Training Program (STP) Policy -- details here
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!
Check our Educational Links Page for online textbooks, typing, & more!
Visit the link to FDLRS info for parents on our Educational Links Page!

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

CW Ruckel Middle School 2017-2018 Annual School Public Accountability Report
is available here.
The School Advisory Council (SAC) meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month in the Media Center at 7:00 am. See our 2019-2020 School Performance Plan!
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.
Congratulations to our 2020 Ruckel District Champions
Boys & Girls Cross Country • Boys Weightlifting • Girls Weightlifting
Congratulations to our 2019 Ruckel District Champions
Softball • Girls Soccer • Girls &
Boys Golf Girls & Boys Track • Boys & Girls Swim
Boys & Girls Cross Country • Volleyball
Congratulations to our 2018 Ruckel District Champions
Boys Track • Softball TeamBoys & Girls Tennis • Boys & Girls Swim
Boys & Girls Cross Country
• Volleyball
Congratulations to our 2017 Ruckel District Champions
Volleyball • Boys & Girls Cross Country • Baseball • Softball • Boys & Girls Tennis
Boys Swim • Girls Swim • Girls Track Team

Amazing job, Athletes, Coaches, and Parents! GO RAMS!!

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
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"
"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.
Public Safety alerts are 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. 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!
To learn more about the school grades for the Okaloosa School District, AYP status and school report cards,
please visit the link Congratulations!
Parent Resource Forms
State of Florida - School Entry Health Exam Form available here
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

Download the appropriate Okaloosa County Sports Forms HERE!

All current Okaloosa School Documents and Policies may be found HERE in both English and Spanish.
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.
Approved content updates for the RUCKEL website may be submitted to the RUCKEL webmaster - click 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
Last Updated November 21, 2020