Purple Star Campus

Military Families

Welcome to Ruckel Middle School. We are committed to providing critical transitional support for military-connected students as they relocate to our school due to a parent's change in duty station. Our focus is to eliminate barriers to the academic success of military-connected students. We are here to assist and support the military family lifestyle in such areas as school transitions, frequent moves, deployment, and education inconsistencies that exist from state to state, along with many others.

Military Point of Contact - Shannon Leblanc

JS2S-M Student Leadership Program

Military Dependents Helping Transition New Military Dependents

Our Student 2 Student (JS2S-M) Ambassadors program is a student-led leadership program with the mission to take care of new students. The S2S Ambassadors welcome our incoming students, show them their new campus, and introduce them to their new community. S2S Ambassadors provide fun ways for new students to get to know other students, build new peer groups, and engage in leadership opportunities. The S2S program brings military and civilian students together to create a positive environment, support academic excellence, and ease stressful transitions. The ambassadors can also answer questions about extracurricular activities, clubs, and coursework. 

Professional Development

Ruckel Middle School staff receive professional development concerning how to identify and respond to the needs of military students and their families.

Military Student Open Enrollment

Ruckel Middle School reserves at least 5% of controlled open enrollment seats, as defined in Section 1002.31, F.S., for military students.

Upcoming Military School Events

We honor and celebrate our military families throughout the year in many ways:

  • September - Constitution Week

  • November - Veteran's Day

  • April - Month of the Military Child

    • Purple Up Day

  • Recognition of All Branches Daily


OCSD Resources for Military Families

The OkaloosaSchools.com website has a detailed list of Military Family Resources and Educational Opportunities to best assist your family. It contains a PCS document, services, programs, educational resources, and so much more to aid in the success of your educational goals.

OCSD Military Families Tool-Kit

Ruckel MS Named a Purple Star School

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