Principal's Message

Welcome to Aaron Riley Rucker Middle School!

With much excitement, we continue with great things happening at our school. To help enrich the lives of students and provide varied educational opportunities, the school supports different initiatives. Some ongoing initiatives is 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, we will continue our thirty minute literacy block daily to focus on “What Good Readers Do.” Another component to support literacy will be school-wide reads and writes throughout the year. To kick-off the year, students will dive into a study of the book, The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz.

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.

Our theme for the 2018-19 school year is "Whatever It Takes." 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 ESOL teacher to deliver instruction designed 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 Division II State Championship for the 16-17 school year and the Robotics team won first place in core values at the Pee Dee Regional Competition. Drama Club and Chess Club have also been incorporated.

A. R. Rucker Middle School is providing those opportunities as we celebrate another year of "Whatever It Takes" for student success!

Anita M. Watts

Principal