You can access your Report Card on Parent Portal when they are available

Remember to bring a personal water bottle to school!
photo of Martin Luther King Jr giving speech

School Holiday Monday, January 17
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

FCA logoAll Sports | Buck Smith FCA Breakfast 2022 will be Friday, February 25
7:15 to 9:15 am at the Northwest Florida State College Arena
All students must
register themselves using the QR code on this flier.
Anyone planning to attend
must register by Monday, January 24 -- don't miss it!
If you have any questions, please contact our sponsors, Mrs. Marello in room 909-A,
Mrs. Harvey in room 303 and Mrs. Moses in room 215
Yearbook is the biggest story of the year and you're in it. Buy your yearbook at this link
8th grade parents: It's time to order those 8th Grade Tribute Ads!
Follow the online instructions HERE

The deadline is January 28, 2022 • 1/8 page ad costs $50
Questions? Email Mrs. Marshall
Yearbook Purchase Price just $60

Visit Josten's Yearbook Sales

Be sure to purchase your yearbook early
to guarantee your memories.
lightbulb graphic Parent Letters for English Language Learners • EnglishEspañol
Your student will be taking the WIDA Access assessment for English Language Learners between January 24, and March 18, 2022. The WIDA Access for ELLs test measures your student's progress in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English language skills. When the Florida Dept. of Education releases scores, you will an Individual Student Report that provides information about how well your child is progressing in the English language.
yellow tennis ballSign-up sheet for RMS Tennis Tryouts will be posted
on the door outside the gymnasium from February 8 through February 11, 2022

Tryouts February 14 and 16 -- visit Tennis Page for details
Contact Coach
Melissa Koulisis at for information or questions.
sketch of softball player pitching RMS Softball Team Tryouts
Softball Open Practice for all players will be held Tuesday, February 8 to Thursday, February 10 starting at 2:40 pm and ending at 4:30 pm each day.
Tryouts for the RMS Softball Team start Monday, February 14.
See the Softball page for details.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Hastings.
OCSD parent survey graphicParents, please take a moment to complete the following survey about your child's school. We rely on your feedback to continuously improve our schools!
You may submit a survey for each child attending an Okaloosa County school by clicking on the link provided below.
The survey does not require a Student ID and is web-based.

English -
Spanish -
This survey will remain open through March 25, 2022.
Thank you for your continued partnership, which helps to make Okaloosa County Schools even better!
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 Jamie Perry at 833-4142 for more information. We look forward to seeing you on campus!
Raspberries drawing - First PlaceChasin' Chips drawing ob three basketball players - 2nd place
Congratulations to Ruckel Students Emma Boyett and Brodie Lancanilao for being selected as First Place (Raspberries) and Second Place (Chasin' Chips) 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!
circle of stick figuresMulticultural Club

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

Contact Mrs. Simpson for more information!

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee proudly announces the theme for the year 2022, "STAND ACT UNITE"
The Oratorical and Poster Contests hosted by the Sigma Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® will be held Saturday, January 8, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM virtually via Zoom. See full Contest Details HERE.
Thank you to to our Ruckel students and staff for their generous donations during the NJHS Canned Food Drive for Sharing and Caring. We collected 5,429 items, which was 5005 pounds of food.
five students standing behind food donations Congratulations to the following classes for their top donations:

1st - Mrs. Harvey 507 items
2nd - Mrs. Duty 478 items
3rd - Ms. Boles 338 items
Ruckel more than tripled the amount donated for last year and this was the largest donation ever received by Sharing and Caring!
National Flight Academy logoSpecial Opportunity!!
The George E. "Bud" Day Flight, Order of Daedalians, intends to sponsor up to five students for National Flight Academy "deployments" during Summer 2022. Sponsorships will be awarded to rising 7th or 8th grade students with an interest in the STEMM disciplines and specifically military aviation or a related career field.
The National Flight Academy in Pensacola offers an exciting and immersive learning, one-week "deployment" summer camp sessions conducted at NAS Pensacola. More information on the NFA is available HERE
Each deployment is a $1500 value, and includes room and board and the full training program. Selected applicants' fees will be paid in full by the Bud Day Flight.

Application for Sponsorship HERE Visit Scholarship Page 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.
Save the Date on your brand new 2022 calendars!
6th Annual Niceville Father Daughter Dance • Saturday, February 12 • 7:00 to 9:00 pm
a non-denominational event held at Holy Name of Jesus Life Center
Father Daughter Dance Flyer • Contact Mitch McClaren at
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.
Ruckel Cheerleaders gathered in gym iwth principal

Ruckel Ram Cheerleaders have spirit!!
They are pictured here in the Ruckel Gym
with Principal Whiddon followingt the first pep rally
of the year! Go Rams!

Congratulations to the Ruckel Boys Cross Country Team • 2021 District Champions!!
Congratulations to the Ruckel Girls Cross Country Team • 2021 County Runners Up!

See photos on the Cross Country Page
Congratulations to the Ruckel Volleyball Team • 2021 District Champions!!
See photo on the Volleyball Page
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. Nunez in room 704.
We will practice on Wednesdays in room 704 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
Click here to see some Ruckel Good News!
Congratulations to these students on their Florida Statewide Assessment achievement.
They received a PERFECT score on one of their tested subjects last school year!
Way to go, Rams!

Carlos Colon • Andrew Converse • Morgan Cooke • Syney Deweese • Jeffrey Edenfield • Kendall Feal
Alejandro Gonzalez • Devery Harris • Patrick Logue • Dylan Medley • Evelyn Mcelvaine • Jackson Olson Angelique Rowe • William Scroggs • Colin Smith • Hannah Vasquez • Jocelyn Wheeler • Natalie White
Alison Whitson • Carter Whitson • Isabelle Wiacek • Sebastian Woodham
Photos on the Good News Page
COVID-19 Information and Policies
OCSD COVID-19 Update - Dated Oct. 8

If your child is symptomatic or running a fever, please keep them HOME
until they are symptom free.
This will keep cut down on the amount of contact tracing
and keep more students in the classroom.
red rosebud
Congratulations to Mrs. Deb Eller, Ruckel's Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Mrs. O'Neil, Ruckel's Educational Support
Person of the Year!
collection of art materials as clip artArt Club Meetings
Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in Room 905
If you are interested in joining, contact Ms. Piccorossi to get a permission form to join.
Everyone is welcome!

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!!
Odyssey of the Mind logo
Odyssey of the Mind
provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students.

Contact Mrs. Cook for more details.

The PTO is looking for VOLUNTEERS to help us get started!
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Ruckel's One-Stop Shop for Supplies & Spirit Gear!

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

PTO News logo
The Ruckel PTO needs you to participate!

We need volunteers for several positions -- get involved!

PTO Membership Form HERE

9-11 display of items in glass cases
To recognize 9/11, Ruckel staff member Josh Mayville displays 9/11 commemorative pieces, on loan from the Niceville Fire Department,
at the Ruckel football game.

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

See Mrs. Kempton for more details.
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.
About school meals: The USDA has announced that ALL students will be able to have a free breakfast and lunch at their school during the 2021 - 2022 school year!

Dress Code Alert for Students: See Ruckel Dress Code HERE
KidGuard Student Accident Insurance - see flyer HERE
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!
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.
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!

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.

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. At this point, we are allowed to have both on campus. 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.

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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 HERE
Call the Guidance Office at 833-4142 for more information.
7th & 8th Grade Students Parent Letter
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!
"mailbox graphic"Would you like Ruckel Middle School news delivered straight to your Inbox?
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 Cross Country Team • 2021 County Champions
Ruckel Girls Cross Country Team • 2021 County Runners Up!
Ruckel Boys Tennis Team is the 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
Ruckel Volleyball 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
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.

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
"Ram World logo"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

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!
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.

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. 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 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. There will be an IInterest Meeting on Tuesday, September 21 at 6:00 pm in room 705.
You may also join us by Zoom at the link on the
flyer HERE See Mrs. Cook.

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

Is your club missing? Email your information to!

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

appleDespite this period of free breakfast and lunch offerings, we need families to continue to complete the application for Free/Reduced Lunch to ensure federal funding for needed programs in the future.
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.
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.
Brochure on preventing bullying
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
"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 January 13, 2022