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.

Governor DeSantis and Commissioner Corcoran visit VBHS for special announcement

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On Thursday afternoon, VBHS hosted a press conference for Governor DeSantis and Commissioner Corcoran. An announcement was made about a new plan for teacher bonuses using a model based on school grades and improvement. Student government representatives, JROTC cadets, District staff, Board members, and teachers were selected to attend the conference, along with various community members, and media. Our VBHS culinary arts students provided a delicious spread of food for all to enjoy. Thank you, to our Governor, for choosing to visit our District to make this important announcement, and to our VBHS administration and staff, who worked quickly to make the press conference a success!

Fake Threats Result in Real Consequences

Fake Threats Result In Real Consequences

Unfortunately, throughout the country, students making “fake” or “unfounded” threats against schools or individuals within schools is increasing. Using social media, text messages, making comments in public, and even comments made among friends, that are threatening in nature, can be a single poor decision that will impact the rest of a young person’s life. The purpose of this video was to include faces that all of our students were familiar with and get the message across that fake threats result in real consequences. Age, gender, race, and whether or not a threat was a joke does not matter. Teachers, administrators, coaches, peers, and our community are vigilantly listening. The safety of our students and staff members is our number one priority, and we are blessed to have the support of our local law enforcement agencies, and our SROs who are on every campus every day keeping our students and staff members safe. We are asking our district families to partner with us at home and talk to your students about the seriousness of making a fake threat, the importance of reporting threatening comments they may hear or see on social media, and how to use social media responsibly.

SDIRC Salute to Veterans

Veteran's Day 2019

Although, school was not in session on Veterans Day this year, our District made it a priority to set aside time to honor and thank our veterans, teach our students about the significance and ceremonies of the day, and remind them of the sacrifices that were made on their behalf. From the School District of Indian River County to all of our veterans, to our heroes, THANK YOU for your service and dedication to our country.

Florida School Crossing Guard of the Year

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Do you know a crossing guard who exemplifies professionalism and responsibility for the safety of our children? Click the link below to nominate them for the Florida School Crossing Guard of the Year.

To acknowledge superior accomplishments by local School Crossing Guards the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) annually recognizes a Florida School Crossing Guard(s) of the Year. The first Friday in February has been traditionally celebrated as School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. On this special day, selected Crossing Guard(s) are recognized.

The nomination window closes on December 31, at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

The Florida School Crossing Guard nomination form can be found below:

https://fdotxwp02.dot.state.fl.us/crossingguard/goty.aspx

A flashback of our Character and Literacy Parades around the District on October 31st!

Citrus Elementary

Dodgertown Elementary

Sebastian Elementary

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Glendale Elementary

Gifford Middle

Treasure Coast Elementary

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Osceola Magnet

National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week 2019

National School Lunch Week was held from October 14-18. National School Lunch Week continues to recognize the benefits of the National School Lunch Program and the hard-working food service staff that make school lunch happen each and every day.

a day in the life of the indian river lagoon

A Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon
Several of our students, elementary through high school, participated in the second annual, "A Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon." Students, environmental experts, and teachers simultaneously collected scientific data at various sites along the 156 mile stretch of the lagoon. Students participated in different hands on learning experiences and data collection, including, water sampling, saning, measuring wind speed, benthos studies, and more. A special thank you to SEA a Difference Environmental Services, and the Education Foundation of Indian River County for making this program possible for our students.

VBHS Football holds NEW State Record of 61 consecutive regular-season wins

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VBHS #Roadto61
On October 25th, our VBHS Fighting Indians Football Team defeated Fort Pierce Central @ Fort Pierce Central, and they now hold the NEW State record of 61 consecutive regular- season wins. The Fighting Indians finished their regular season with 62 consecutive wins and are now in the playoffs. The streak will continue on next season! Let's go, VERO!
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hurricane dorian makeup days

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Out of the three days that were missed due to Hurricane Dorian, the Governor waived one day, and, as pre-determined "emergency days" on our SDIRC instructional calendar, the Board voted to use November 25th and November 26th as Hurricane Dorian make-up days.
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VBHS Ambassador Chorus

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Thank you to VBHS Chorus Director, Mr. Peter Bosgraaf, and the Ambassador Choir for performing "American Hymn," at our Board meeting on Tuesday evening. The Ambassador Choir is an auditioned group of 10-12th grade students.

PRISM 2019

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PRISM 2019 tickets are now on on sale at srhsband.com! Tickets will also be on sale at the SRHS Main Office on Monday’s 1:00-3:00 p.m. and Wednesday’s and Friday’s from 9:00-11:30 a.m.!

SDIRC Back to School Safety Message

Back to School Safety Message

fortifyfl suspicious activity reporting 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.

IRCSO School tips hotline and email

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School Accountability Report

Click the link below for our 2017-2018 School Accountability Report presenting how school budget dollars were utilized for the benefit of the students in the School District of Indian River County during the 2017-2018 school year. The purpose of this report is to inform parents and other citizens how much money was available for each school from state and local sources, lottery dollars, federal dollars, and private donations, and how the funds were spent in nine key areas.

Introducing our NEW SDIRC Mobile App!

https://youtu.be/H8XmaytaMFg
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Introducing our new SDIRC mobile app, designed to enable parents, staff, students, and the community to stay informed and up-to-date on important issues, information, and activities underway within our school district. The free app, which proudly displays the SDIRC logo, provides the most used resources from our website directly on your mobile device; including, lunch menus, maps, event calendars, social media updates, school contact information, and notifications from the school(s) of your choice!


Download for Apple iOS at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sdirc/id1451344822?mt=8


Download for Android at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.relianceco.cma.SDIRC

support education with a fresh, new look!

Click below to order your Support Education license plate!

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The Support Education specialty tag has a fresh new look! For the first time in 25 years, the tag has undergone a total makeover.

Since its introduction in 1994, more than $13 million has been raised through the collaborative efforts of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) and local education foundation members across the state.

While the look has changed, one thing remains the same – when Florida residents purchase or renew their Support Education specialty tag, $20 goes directly back to support education programs in the county where the tag was purchased or renewed. Funds support programs like classroom innovation, education enrichment programs, supporting and recognizing teachers, extra help and mentoring for at-risk students, school supplies, and school scholarships.

Visit www.LicenseToLearnFL.com to learn more, purchase, or trade in your current Support Education tag today!

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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/

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November Veteran of the Month: Rodney McGriff

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Rodney joined the Navy in 1986. The Navy gave me the opportunity to learn valuable skills and various trades. During his time in the Navy, he had the chance to sail around the world 3 times- with over 1 year and 6 months of sea time. Most of his time at sea was spent on Aircraft Carriers such as the USS America, USS Nimitz and the USS Kennedy as a PR/AME (Aircrew Survival Equipmentmen (PR) are responsible for keeping parachutes, life rafts, personal flight gear, and other aviation survival gear in proper working condition, working on aircraft oxygen systems. The Aviation Structural Mechanic - Safety Equipment (AME), maintains and repairs utility systems throughout the aircraft. They work on systems such as air conditioning, heating, pressurization and oxygen, plus multiple safety devices.) **It’s safe to say I feel pretty confident about him working at the physical plant.**Mr. McGriff has had the opportunity to visit several countries during his time of service, such as Spain, Turkey, Egypt, France, Italy, Singapore, Israel, Germany, and Africa. Rodney said that the most valuable lesson he learned while serving was, “To Adapt and Overcome any Situation” to which he lives by daily. He said he is truly grateful for my service to our country and would do it all over again.