The Connection

Connecting you to the School District of Indian River County

Welcome to the Connection!

Welcome to The Connection, our new weekly newsletter connecting you to important news, events, and activities happening in the School District of Indian River County. This newsletter will highlight events throughout all grade levels and include district news. We are looking forward to your input in The Connection and hope that you will submit important news and information to be considered for publishing. Please email socialmedia@indianriverschools.org to submit potential highlights.

February 25th-March 1st is Student Services Week

February 25th- March 1st, 2019, is established as Student Services Week in the School District of Indian River County. This provides an opportunity for school personnel to focus attention on the support services that are provided by school counselors, school nurses, school social workers, school psychologists, and career education staff. Student Services programs are an integral part of the total public education system. Student Services professionals work together to assist students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to master the academic standards and make well-reasoned and healthy lifelong decisions. It is important to recognize that academic performance is impacted by developmental factors (i.e., readiness and parental involvement) and school and community factors (i.e., safe school environment, learning environment, teachers, and staff). An extensive and growing body of research demonstrates the value of providing supportive programs and services in order to increase student achievement. In turn, addressing the mental and physical health needs of students enhances school attendance, reduces behavior problems, and improves interpersonal skills. This enables students to learn and teachers to teach, and strengthens the bond between families and schools, thus maximizing student achievement.
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This month, we are pleased to highlight one of our students, Datony Freeman, who has successfully transitioned across schools and completed course recovery requirements, to enroll at Sebastian River High School as a true freshman during the 18-19 school year. He has demonstrated autonomy and competence and is now in his second semester. His self-determination has led to the ability to maintain above average grades and secure a position on the Sharks football team. Recently, Datony has evolved to become a role model among his peers for restorative practices in attempts to repair a relationship that has been harmed in some way.

february is Career and Technical Education Month

In recognition of Career and Technical Education Month (CTE Month), we would like to highlight our Treasure Coast Technical College and the career programs that are offered to our community.
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February is Black History Month

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The State of Florida announced the 2019 theme of Black History Month as “Celebrating Public Service,” to recognize and pay tribute to African-American leaders who play prominent roles in public service throughout Florida.


SDIRC students will be given the opportunity to participate in academic and creative contests based on this year’s theme. Students in grades K-3 are invited to participate in an art contest, while students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest. Information will be coming home with your student from their school.


Throughout the month, we are celebrating by honoring different "Black History Heroes" on our SDIRC website and social media several times a week. In the gallery below, you will find some of the influential African-American leaders we have featured this past week, or you can click the button below and go directly to our Black History Month page on the SDIRC website.

Treasure Coast Elementary celebrates black history month

Treasure Coast Elementary (TCE) held a Black History Month event highlighting the theme of "Community Service" in celebration of Black History month, on Thursday February 21st. Members of our community from the Gifford Youth Achievement Center, Indian River Veteran’s Association, Indian River Sheriff’s Office, and a member of an Indian River County Pioneer Family, spoke to our K-5 students. Our guests shared their experiences of growing up, living, and working in Indian River County. Most of all, their messages to students focused around creating positive relationships, working hard in school, respecting each other, and becoming a contributing citizen in their community.

TCE had the honor and privilege to meet Freddie Woolfork, Angelia Perry, Curtis Holden, Sylvester McIntosh, Milo Thornton, and Joe Idlette, III. The event was a huge success!

community corner with our district teacher and employee of the year

This week on Community Corner, Public Information Officer, Cristen Maddux, sat down with our SDIRC Teacher of the Year, Dr. Nicole Mosblech, from VBHS, and Employee of the Year, Daisy Rios, from Fellsmere Elementary. Dr. Mosblech and Ms. Rios spoke a little about their personal lives, while sharing the journey they've been on in the Teacher and Employee of the year process with the district; From the day their schools nominated them, through the application packets, interviews, Prize Patrol, Stars of the Year Gala, and most currently, the competition for State titles. Check out Community Corner, below, and get to know our district's Teacher and Employee of the Year!
https://youtu.be/1mkYOEokgTk

Our Code of Student Conduct Advisory Team Needs You!

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Don't miss Kindergarten Round-up THIS weekend!

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VPK Registration has begun!

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The PreK Department is pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Application process has begun! Families can begin applying to be a part of the VPK lottery beginning Monday, January 14th and ending Friday, April 12th, 2019, at the PreK Office between 9AM-12PM & 2PM-5PM. Families are strongly encouraged to call the office prior to coming to be sure there is staff available to assist them (directions and maps can be found on our page at https://www.indianriverschools.org/map-directions).

Families who may have questions about the lottery process can visit our VPK page on the District website (www.indianriverschools.org/vpk (click on the "How to Apply" tab).

Applications will NOT be accepted without a child’s Certificate of Eligibility, which is processed and approved through the Early Learning Coalition. The Early Learning Coalition Family Portal link can be found here ( https://familyservices.floridaearlylearning.com/) or on our “How to Apply” tab, as well.

Magnet School registration

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Acceptance and Non-Acceptance letters were mailed out today, 2/15. Families have until March 8th to enroll their student(s) once they are accepted to a Magnet School.

Magnet School applications are still being accepted; however, they will not be placed in the lottery.

Students who turned in applications by February 1st, and were not accepted through the lottery, will be placed on a wait list by their lottery number. Any applications submitted after Feb. 1st will be placed behind those not accepted in lottery, by date and time submitted.


For families submitting late applications:

Families may indicate only ONE choice of a magnet school. The three magnet schools in Indian River County are Osceola Magnet, with a math and science focus; Rosewood Magnet, with a Core-Knowledge curriculum; and Liberty Magnet, with an international studies focus. Families who apply for their student to attend a magnet school must agree to follow the requirements of the Magnet School Commitments. Applications can be picked up at the School District office at 6500 57th Street or any of the magnet schools.

Veteran of the Month: Jason M. Patzer

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Jason M. Patzer, served 4.5 years active duty with USMC as an E-4 Non-Commissioned Officer and was honorably discharged. He is one of the founding members of the Next Generation Veterans, Inc. Jason is the Wolf Den leader for Cub Scout Pack 530, organizer of a youth to veteran pen-pal program, and member and volunteer of the Vero Beach Veterans Social Club. Jason is currently the owner of a multi-inspection home company, “First and Goal Home Inspections,” that has been proudly serving IRC for over 5 years. Jason is married to Marcie Patzer, and has 2 sons, Nathan, who graduated from VBHS and is a Marine Corps “Poolie,” and Hunter who attends Citrus Elementary and is a student in the Autism Spectrum Program.

February's Casual for a Cause

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Before the American Heart Association (AHA) existed, people with heart disease were thought to be doomed to complete bed rest — or destined to imminent death.

A handful of pioneering physicians and social workers believed it didn’t have to be that way. They conducted studies to learn more about heart disease, America’s No. 1 killer. Then, on June 10, 1924, they met in Chicago to form the American Heart Association — believing that scientific research could lead the way to better treatment, prevention and ultimately a cure. The early American Heart Association enlisted help from hundreds, then thousands, of physicians and scientists.

“We were living in a time of almost unbelievable ignorance about heart disease,” said Paul Dudley White, one of six cardiologists who founded the organization.

In 1948, the association reorganized, transforming from a professional scientific society to a nationwide voluntary health organization composed of science and lay volunteers and supported by professional staff.

Since then, the AHA has grown rapidly in size and influence — nationally and internationally — into an organization of more than 33 million volunteers and supporters dedicated to improving heart health and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

family literacy festival next weekend!

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Next weekend, Saturday March 2nd, is the Third Annual Moonshot Moment Family Literacy Festival! Join us at Dodgertown Elementary for live entertainment, pizza, fun activities, games, prizes, and a POETRY SLAM! Register at moonshotmoment.org for FREE tickets!

ESE Parent Survey

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support education tags available now!

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It's official! The new design of the Support Education license plate is available now! You can purchase your tag at the main branch of the Tax Collector's Office.

Each time a tag is sold $20 goes toward the Education Foundation of Indian River County to fund classroom and school grants!

fortifyFL security app

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We are pleased to announce that the FortifyFL app is LIVE. Now, any student, educator, parent, or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or www.getfortifyfl.com. The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear. We hope that you will become familiar with this tool and help us spread the word about it with our students and their families. Please note that the official app’s logo will look exactly as it does in the graphic above.

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The Reading Scholarship, administered by Step Up For Students, was created to help public school students in third through fifth grade who scored a 1 or 2 on their English Language Arts FSA. The program offers parents access to education savings accounts, worth $500 each, to pay for tuition and fees related to part-time tutoring, summer and after-school literacy programs, instructional materials, and curriculum related to reading or literacy.
The scholarships are worth $500 each and can be used for reimbursement for the following:
*Tuition and fees for part-time tutoring provided by a person who holds a valid Florida educator’s certificate, a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the subject, an adjunct teaching certificate, or has demonstrated mastery of the subject area knowledge.
*Fees for summer education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
*Fees for after-school education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
*Instructional materials and curriculum related to reading or literacy.
Click to apply: https://www.stepupforstudents.org/for-parents/reading-scholarship/how-the-scholarship-works/

IRCSO Tips Hotline and School Tips Email

Thank you to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office and all local law enforcement agencies for your partnership with the SDIRC, and your dedication to keeping our students, teachers, and staff members safe.
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School information

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Virtual Backpack

In an effort to save resources and time required by school staff to sort and handle flyers, approved flyers will be posted on this page. Posting of flyers does not imply endorsement or recommendation by the School District of Indian River County.

School District of Indian River County's Strategic Plan

Click below to see our District's Strategic Plan

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Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 1pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Please join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for the Superintendent's Workshop.

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Please join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for the Business Meeting.

Positive Climate and Discipline Advisory Team (PCDAT) Meeting

Thursday, March 7th, 5-7pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us for the PCDAT meeting in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. TEC at the District Office, as we discuss updates and revisions to the 2019-2020 Code of Student Conduct, which includes the dress code.