Welcome to Aaron Riley Rucker Middle School!
With much excitement, we continue with great things happening at our school. To help enrich the lives and provide varied educational opportunities, the school supports different initiatives. Some ongoing initiatives are the one-to-one program where each student has access to Chromebooks and our Making Middle Grades Work Program that helps our students prepare for high school courses and career and college readiness after high school.
An important statewide focus is literacy, Read to Succeed. To support and extend literacy across the curriculum at A. R. Rucker, there will be a thirty minute literacy block daily to focus on “What Good Readers Do.” Another component to support literacy will be school-wide reads throughout the year. To kick-off the year, students will delve into a study of the book, Pay It Forward, by Catherine Ryan Hyde.
Positive trends in achievement for our students give us confidence and serve as a motivating factor in our commitment to continuous improvement. Our goal is to connect school, home, and community.
The theme for the 2016-17 school year is "Being the Change." This theme ensures that our administrators, teachers, faculty and staff are helping support A. R. Rucker's mission to “prepare students to become productive, global citizens and life-long learners by providing a quality education.” If you visited our classes daily, you would see that our teachers concentrate on learning activities designed to address multiple learning styles and integrate technology through the use of Google Apps for Education. The teachers plan activities and instruction to address varied developmental and achievement levels. Teachers continue to grow and incorporate new ideas and processes into existing procedures from ongoing professional development and use of data.
Our students need and deserve opportunities to discover their unique talents and to develop those talents into successful and effective careers. A. R. Rucker Middle School is providing those opportunities as we celebrate "Being the Change"!
Anita M. Watts