Ruckel Middle School Summer Office Hours
8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Welcome to Ruckel Middle School!
2022-2023 Curriculum Guides and Registration Forms now available on our Academics Page.
Ruckel Middle School 2022-2023 Supply List
Joe Jannazo

A big Ram welcome to Mr. Joe Jannazo,
Ruckel Middle School's new Principal!

Read about Mr. Jannazo HERE

Ruckel Football Band Camp • Monday, July 25 to Thursday, July 28 • RMS Band Room
See Schedule HERE
Football Band Uniform Fit Day • Saturday, July 30, 2022
Incoming Ruckel Band Students -- have you filled out your 2022 Registration Form yet?
young girl reading book
Did you know that you can buy Children's Books in Florida without paying any sales tax from now through August 14, 2022?

It's a great time to stock up on reading material that interests your child.
Reading doesn't seem like practice when the story is about something they love!

If a book is labeled with an age range that includes 12 years old and younger, the book qualifies for the exemption. See the complete list of FAQs HERE

There are more tax holidays scheduled in Florida, including school supplies July 25 to August 7
See other Florida Tax Exemptions and Holidays HERE
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Rams GoFan New Ticket Policy:
Card and Mobile Payment Only with GoFan
New this year, Ruckel Middle School is pleased to announce that we will be using GoFan for mobile ticketing for athletic events. Fans can purchase tickets online through the Ruckel Middle School GoFan page or by presenting a card or mobile payment option at the ticket gate. All major credit cards are accepted, along with Apple Pay. See more information on the Athletics Page.
The Okaloosa County School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program through July.
Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All children 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals at no charge.
No meals served on July 4.
Summer Feeding Program logoRuckel Middle School, open site, 201 N. Partin Drive.
June 6 to 30 • Breakfast: 7:15-7:45 a.m. Lunch: 10:30-11:00 a.m.
NOTE: Breakfast only and no lunch on Friday, June 3.
Bluewater Elementary School, open site, 4545 Range Road.
May 31-July 27 • Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Plew Elementary Schools, open site, 220 Pine Ave.
May 31-July 27 • Breakfast: 7:15-8:30 a.m. Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to noon.
Yearbook banner Any pre-purchased yearbooks not already picked up are available in the Front Office. If you were on the Wait List, there are books available for you with your name on them. There are a limited number of books remaining. If you would like one, the cost is $65.
Please contact Mrs. Marshall for information.
Thinking about joining the Yearbook Staff? We need you!
Yearbook Staff meets after school for 90 minutes to two hours twice a week. Come help us make next year's book better than ever! To apply, follow this link:

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

Email Mrs. Watson, our volunteer coordinator at

Ruckel has a history of having great volunteers and mentors. If you can, sign up to be a volunteer or mentor. We need front office help with attendance, clerk type work and some of the jobs listed above could be done voluntarily. There is no greater gift than serving the needs of children.

Click here to see some Ruckel Good News!
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Most recently, students in our Reading Classes met their reading goals!
Go Rams!!

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Congratulations to the Ruckel Boys and Girls Tennis Teams!!
2022 County Champions!! • Go Rams & Lady Rams!!
coins in jar
2022 Change for Children Fundraiser

sponsored by the Multicultural Club

Thank you to the Ruckel Community for helping to raise
$4,723.82 for Children in Crisis in 2022!! Go Rams!
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Congratulations to Ruckel's
Cox Hero for 2022, Kayla Norman
pictured here with Ms. Lennon and Mr. Whiddon.
Way to go, Kayla!

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Congratulations to the
Ruckel Ram Cheerleaders for their outstanding
performance at Nationals!!
They are pictured here in the Ruckel Gym
with Principal Whiddon followingt the first pep rally
of the year! Go Rams!

Students in costume standing outdoors
Congratulations to Ruckel's Odyssey of the Mind Team

which won Third Place at the Regional Competition held
on Saturday, February 26, and will be advancing to the
State Competition!

Odyssey of the Mind provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Contact Mrs. Cook for more details.

collection of art materials as clip artArt Club Meetings • Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in Room 905
Check out some Award Winning Art on our Art Page!!
Congratulations to Brodie Lancanilao and Emma Boyett for their awards at the
Northwest Florida Fair Art Show!!

Raspberries drawing - First PlaceChasin' Chips drawing ob three basketball players - 2nd place
Congratulations to Ruckel Students Emma Boyett (First Place for Raspberries) and Brodie Lancanilao (Second Place for Chasin' Chips) for their awards in the Drawing Category in the annual Art in the Capitol Competition for 2021-2022, an annual state-wide visual arts competition for students in Grades 6 to 8.
Way to go, Rams!
Congratulations to the Ruckel Rams who won awards at the 2022 East Panhandle Regional
Science and Engineering Fair Awards Ceremony held on February 8.
Visit the website to see the impressive list -- and photos!
Go Rams!!
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Check out the programs at Ruckel Middle School

Visit our Academics Page
Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!

Registering a new Ruckel student?
County-wide Registration portal for new students 2022-2023 HERE
Call the Guidance Office at 833-4142 for more information.
Dress Code Alert for Students: See Ruckel Dress Code HERE
KidGuard Student Accident Insurance - see flyer 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 from 7:20

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.
Information about appropriate procedures 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.

Campus Arrival Period
All students arriving at Ruckel Middle School BEFORE 7:20 am must be dropped off
at the FRONT parking lot or the GYM parking lot.
The BACK GATE of the school will not open until 7:20 am, at which time students
may enter from all three locations.
U.S. Capitol domeRising 8th Graders Tour of our nation's Capital cities
If you are interested in the next 8th Grade trip to New York City (capital from 1785 to 1790 -- George Washington was inaugurated as our first President here)), Philadelphia (capital from 1790 to 1800) and Washington, DC,
contact Mr. Sotelo or Mrs. Watson for more information
8th Grade Trip Flyer HERE • Scheduled for November 9 to 13, 2022.
Florida Department of Transportation's John Sims Parkway (S.R. 20) Resurfacing Project
Information about the project and its impacts for Ruckel Middle School commuters
Lane closures to be limited to between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am Sunday through Thursday.
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Visit our Hope Squad page
to find some resources for help
if you are thinking about suicide

tree with handprints for leavesBECOME A MENTOR
Ruckel needs you! We are looking for mentors to come and spend some time with students. We especially need a bilingual mentor fluent in Spanish.
The commitment is once per week during the student's 30-minute lunch time.
Studies have shown that students who are mentored develop more positive attitudes, achieve higher grades, improve relationships with adults and peers, are better able to express feelings, are more likely to trust their teachers, and develop higher levels of self-confidence.
Please follow the link for instructions on this process. There is an application and background check that must be completed. Contact Guidance at 833-4142 for more information. We look forward to seeing you on campus!
circle of stick figuresMulticultural Club

We meet on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm
in the Media Center

Contact Mrs. Simpson for more information!

Ram profile logoRuckel Middle School Academic Team
Do you know lots of random facts?
Do you know a lot on a single topic like History, Music or Sports?
Academic Team might be the place for you!
6th, 7th and 8th Graders interested in joining Academic Team,
please see Mrs. Johnson in Portable 4.

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The Ruckel PTO needs you to participate!

We need volunteers for several positions -- get involved!

PTO Membership Form HERE

Success Center, an after school program designed to help students with homework,
will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the Media Center.

Paperwork is available in the Guidance Office and must be turned in prior to attending. Students will need
to have their own transportation. Bus transportation is not available at this time.
Chess Club clip art with piece and board Join the Ruckel Chess Club!

Meetings are held on Monday afternoons
in the Media Center • 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Beginners welcome!

See Mrs. Kempton for more details.
school bus clipartThe OCSD Transportation Office is still limiting any bus changes for students wanted to ride home on different buses or with friends.
They are approving on a case-by-case basis only. For example, a parent requested their student ride home last week on bus 07-5, but the Transportation Office said the bus on that route is completely occupied, and did not approve the request.
Parents may call the Transportation Office directly at 850-833-4161 for approval. Please have Transportation contact Ms. Davies in the Ruckel Front Office if the change is allowed.
front of schoolbus sketch Get real time updates about your student's bus!
Sign up for Bus Bulletin and receive notifications about unexpected delays or schedule changes. You will need to know your student's bus number to complete your registration.
Bus Bulletin information Flyer Bus Schedule
The OCSD Transportation Office is still limiting any bus changes for students wanted to ride home on different buses or with friends. They are approving on a case-by-case basis only. For example, a parent requested their student ride home last week on bus 07-5, but the Transportation Office said the bus on that route is completely occupied, and did not approve the request. Parents may call the Transportation Office directly at 850-833-4161 for approval. Please have Transportation contact Ms. Davies in the Ruckel Front Office if the change is allowed.
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
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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!

All medications must have a Dispersion of Medication form filled out and on file in the Nurse's Clinic. Please remember that prescriptions must be current and all drugs must be brought to the clinic by the parent. See Details on the Nurse's Page
Classroom Interruption Policy
Please become familiar with our Tardy Policy and our Checkout Policy.
Has your student been absent? Read our Attendance Policy here.
Cell phone clipartMobile Device/Cell Phone Policy at Ruckel Middle School
Any student possessing a wireless communication device while on school property or in attendance 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

of the school day. They follow the same rules as all electronic devices!!
See your grades online with parent portalElectronic Report Cards on the OCSD Parent Portal.
All report cards can be viewed and/or printed using 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!
All RMS students will receive a green card stating their One Okaloosa ID user names and passwords for signing on to their ClassLink for school resources. Learn more HERE
Congratulations to our Ruckel Athletic Teams!
Ruckel Boys Tennis Team • 2022 County Champions
Ruckel Girls Tennis Team • 2022 County Champions
Ruckel Volleyball Team • 2021 County Champions
Ruckel Boys Cross Country Team • 2021 County Champions
Ruckel Girls Cross Country Team • 2021 County Runners Up!
Ruckel Boys Tennis Team • 2021 County Champions!
Ruckel Boys and Girls Weightlifting Teams • 2021 Beauty and the Beast Champions!
Ruckel Rockettes Dance Team earned 1st Place in Hip-hop and 2nd Place in Jazz at the
UDA National Dance Team Competition this April in Orlando, Florida!

Ruckel Cheerleaders won 2nd place at Nationals in two categories!
Ruckel Lady Rams • 2021 Softball County Champions!
Ruckel Rams Baseball Team • 2021 County shared Champions!
Ruckel Boys and Girls Swim Teams • Undefeated 2021 County Champions!
Ruckel Girls Soccer Team • 2020-2021 County Champions!
Ruckel Boys Basketball Team • 2021 Okaloosa District Runners Up!!
Ruckel Football Team • Undefeated 2020 County Champions
germs graphic DON'T come to school feeling ill! SEE DETAILS HERE
Parents and Guardians, keep your student AT HOME if they have
ANY of the following symptoms:

• Fever greater than 99.9°F • 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!
stop the spread logoPrevent Respiratory Illness
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.
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

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
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!
Title IX -- Students in Transition Newsletter
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Ruckel supports Military Kids!

April was the Month of the Military Child!
Find out more HERE

Military Life Counselor 850-417-4261
The Child and Youth Behavioral Military Family Life Counselor (CYB-MFLC) provides counseling services to military-connected students at Ruckel MS who have a parent that is in the Armed Forces who is Active Duty Military, Reserve or Guard.

Harvest Hands logoBackpack Food Program for Kids:
Free weekend food for your child is available! Harvest Hands is teaming up with Ruckel to offer a supply of nutritious meals and snacks for children over the weekends. The food bags are ready for pickup by the students on Fridays.
If you believe your child could benefit from this program, please contact your child's school counselor, Laura Long (student last names A-K) or Jamie Perry (student last names L-Z). Contact the guidance office at 850-833-4142, ext. 3. Thank you!
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

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
Mrs. Tabor in room 704 for more information.

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 Monday 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 meeting occasionally in line with Covid restrictions. Listen to morning announcements and check the Ruckel website for updates. Contact Mrs. Marello for more information.

Academic Team Interested 6th Grade students volunteer with your science teacher for Junior Varsity
and see Mrs. Johnson in Portable 4 for Varsity (7th & 8th grade) and JV (6th grade).

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

Multicultural Club Contact Mrs. Simpson for more information about this inclusive club in many social and service activities.

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. Watch for details about an Interest Meeting at the beginning of the year. See Mrs. Cook.

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

RMS app logoIs 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!
See RMS App flyer HERE
Check out our school app for Ruckel's latest news and events.
If you have any questions concerning the school app,
contact Janet Simpson at 833-4142
Florida Inclusion Network logoSee Ruckel Middle School's
Best Practices for Inclusive Education report HERE
Learn more about Inclusion resources HERE
"canteloupe chunks" 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

appleWe need families to complete the application for Free/Reduced Lunch if they wish to receive that benefit during the school year.
An online application is available HERE, or parents can request a paper copy from their school. Thank you!!

Catholic Charities Food Assistance Programs St. Mary Outreach Flyer HERE

Having trouble with affordable Housing? Check the latest Title IX Newsletter HERE
Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance for low-income households now available -- see details HERE
Okaloosa County Student Training Program (STP) Policy -- details 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 2020 - 2021 School Performance Plan!
The SAC council is comprised of parents, teachers and community members and serves as an advisory board to the school administration.
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!

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 themselves. 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.
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.
Brochure on preventing bullying
"pointing hand" Remember, 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.
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Reproductive Health and Disease Education
for Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers

OCSD Website

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.
See our Ram Expections!
Parent Resource Forms
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!
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 June 30, 2022