2021 Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday FAQs
Stuff the Bus helps local students get the tools they need for the upcoming school year! Last year, United Way Emerald Coast was able to distribute supplies to over 14 schools which impacted over 7,000 students. Without our community's generosity, students would lack the supplies they need to be successful during the school year.
COLLECTION DATE Saturday, July 31
See Flyer HERE
ORIENTATION (Readiness Day) for ALL students coming to Ruckel
Thursday, August 5, in the Ruckel Gym
8:00 to 9:00 am Students last name A to G ONLY
9:30 to 10:30 am Students last name H to O ONLY
11:00 am to 12:00 pm Students last name P to Z ONLY
See complete Orientation/Readiness Day details HERE
2021 Supply List HERE • Principal's Letter & Back to School Info HERE
Mrs. Kayla Nutt
Learn more about Mrs. Nutt HERE
|Nurse's Corner • Nurse 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!
|The Nurse will be in the Clinic all day on Orientation Day, August 5, for parents to drop off student medications. Please remember that prescriptions must be current.
Over-the-counter medications should be unopened, not expired and must be age appropriate. All medications must have a Dispersion of Medication form filled out and on file in the Nurse's Clinic. If you have any questions, call the clinic at 833-4142, option 5, leave a message and the Nurse will return your call.
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
STUDENTS -- REMEMBER TO PLACE YOUR AIR PODS IN YOUR LOCKER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL DAY. THEY FOLLOW THE SAME RULES AS ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES!
• 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.
Apply to be on the 2021-2022 RamPages Yearbook Staff!
Do you want to help make memories, learn about the process and have fun creating a lasting tribute to your peers?
Fill out the application HERE
Ruckel Volleyball Camp
Tuesday, July 27 to Thursday, July 29
See details HERE
Tryouts Friday, July 30
We are planning on the trip taking place November 2021. We will fly out on November 10 after our Veteran Appreciation Assembly at RMS. The actual dates for travel are November 11 to 15. The trip is open to all 8th graders and 9th graders who would have been eligible for the 2020 trip that was canceled and any parent who'd like to join us. We are limiting the trip to 55 seats and one tour bus. If there is enough interest to open a second bus, we will. See links below for a flyer about the trip, the basic itinerary, and registration. I was asked about doing some fund raising and I am open to that if it is something most are interested in. Please register your student as soon as possible to assure their seat on a trip of a lifetime. Thank you, Deb Eller DC Trip Flyer HERE | Registration Link HERE
Click HERE for Middle School Bridge Resources
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Sign up to receive Ruckel email newsletters here!
2021 Supply List HERE
SEE FLYER HERE
Okaloosa County Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program during the months of June and July.
Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during the summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All children 18 years old and younger, if open site, are eligible for meals at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
Despite 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 • Flyer HERE
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
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 www.okaloosaschools.com. Parent Portal Tips HERE
If you need assistance, please contact our school. Thank you!
Mr. Anderson's STEM class launching
the trebuchets they built in class.
See them in action at the
OCSD CTE Facebook page!
Congratulations to Ruckel 6th grader Abby Gunter, who is our
2020-2021 Cox Hero Recipient.
Cox Communications honors students through the Cox Heroes program.
These students lead meaningful, productive lives, while working very hard to overcome personal adversities.
dependability, reliability, honesty, motivation, positivity, optimism, respect, perseverance
Congratulations to Ruckel's Core Value Winners for the Fourth Nine Weeks!
• • •
View the 2020-2021 Ruckel Middle School Awards Ceremony HERE
Ruckel teachers make donation to representatives of Children in Crisis collected through the Multicultural Club Change for Children Fundraiser this spring.
Thanks for the support, Rams!
to these Ruckel Chorus students
who were selected for the
2021 Florida All State Choir
Shaun Malonzo, Carly Riffle, Paige Randolph, Noelle Yen, Ella Ladd, Sophia Cafarelli and Ethan Milonas
(not pictured - Emilia Pedone)
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 Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams • Undefeated 2020 County Champions
Ruckel Volleyball Team • Undefeated 2020 County Champions
His work will represent Okaloosa County and hang in the Florida State Capitol rotunda in Tallahassee.
Congratulations to the Ruckel Chorus Students who have been selected as members of Florida's 2021 All State Chorus!Sophia 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!
and to Ruckel's 2020-2021 Educational Support Person of the Year, Mr. Wright!
Based on our scores, our team was invited to compete
in the NAC Virtual National Middle School Division!
Congratulations to team members Jacob Milz, Zachary Ott, Selicia Nunez,
and Camille Golden (homeschooler). Ruckel Middle School has a long tradition
of Knowledge Master success -- it's great to continue the tradition!
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!
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.
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
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. SEE FLYER HERE
221 Hospital Drive NE, Fort Walton Beach • 810 E. James Lee Blvd, Crestview
Visit HealthyOkaloosa.com for more information
What Your Child Needs For 2020–2021 School Entry/Attendance
Florida State Dept. of Health Immunization Flyer HERE
Parents who check a student out of class or sign in on campus
MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE as their identification.
Please complete all end-of-day student check-outs by 2:00 pm.
Contact the Front Office at 833-4142 if you have questions
Please update your contact list in the Front Office if any changes have occurred!
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.
Click HERE for the Bus Bulletin information flyer
The 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.
Student Drop-off Procedure Now in Effect
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.
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.
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.
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.
Community resources are available
for parents and students.
Click here for more details.
Email your counselors for assistance
Families with last names A-K Here • L-Z Here
Visit the Ruckel Guidance Resource Page for more useful information!
Title IX -- Students in Transition Newsletter
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
IN ACCORDANCE WITH FLORIDA LAW, PARENTS SHOULD NOT RELY ON THE SCHOOL TO PROVIDE ANY ADDITIONAL SUPERVISION
if YOU have content to share, please email photos or information to RuckelPics@cox.net!
Messages sent to this email will only respond to RMS website issues.
Please email school administration with other questions. Thank you!
Register for Remind, a free message service, and stay in touch!
Contact Tanya Warden for more info. PTO Membership Form HERE
to sign up for updates from RMS PTO!
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 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 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. See Mrs. Cook.
Yearbook Staff meets after school twice a week. Mrs. Marshall is the sponsor.
Thanks for participating this year.
Contact Gina Piccorossi for more information
Regular meetings are held on Thursdays
and will run from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
Contact Mrs. Simpson for more information!
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
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: www.SchoolInfoApp.com. 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.
Best Practices for Inclusive Education report HERE
Learn more about Inclusion resources HERE
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!
Ruckel's One-Stop Shop for Supplies & Spirit Gear!
is available here.
The SAC council is comprised of parents, teachers and community members and serves as an advisory board to the school administration.
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.
areas of the county. If you are interested, please call!
North office • 689-7301 South office 833-3555 • Central office 833-4161
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
Below are some links on which your students can practice…
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing -- Lots of lessons & games to practice
www.powertyping.com -- Select "Qwerty" for correct lessons • www.typingweb.com
Practice FSA can be found at www.fsassessments.org
2020-2021 Statewide Assessment Schedule
-- that's four core classes per year (Math, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts).
Contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions.
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 www.flsexoffender.net. 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.
Click the Ram for info!
• State of Florida - School Entry Health Exam Form available here
• OKALOOSA COUNTY VOLUNTEER AFFADAVIT FORM IS NOW ONLINE!!
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
OKALOOSA COUNTY UPDATED SPORTS FORMS 2021-2022 - NEW!! Updated June 2021!
Download the appropriate Okaloosa County Sports Forms HERE!
All current Okaloosa School Documents and Policies may be found HERE in both English and Spanish.
PUBLIC NOTICE: 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.