Principal's Page

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 as well as 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 daily literacy block 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, Fort by Cynthia DeFelice.

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. This connection can begin with our monthly School Improvement Council (SIC) and PTA meetings.

The continued theme for the 2017-18 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 in conjunction with the instructional technology coach and deliver instruction to accommodate diverse learning needs. In addition, teachers continue to learn and incorporate new ideas into existing lessons by participating in ongoing professional development and reviewing data.

Our students need and deserve opportunities to discover their unique talents and to develop those talents during their educational journey. For example, our Academic Challenge team won the state championship for the 2016-17 school year and the Robotics team won first place in core values at the Pee Dee Regional Competition.

A. R. Rucker Middle School continues to help improve our school as we all embrace "Being the Change"!


Anita M. Watts