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.

SDIRC and NAACP Sign Joint Plan

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The School Board of Indian River County, Florida and the Indian River County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Indian River NAACP) will work collaboratively and cooperatively towards their shared goal of achieving a fully-integrated school system.

In order to attain this goal, the School Board will create an Equity Committee that reports directly to the School Board and shall be responsible for monitoring and documenting compliance with the [August 2018] Desegregation Order and for making recommendations to the Board.

Based on its record of compliance with prior orders and the data and information exchanged, the School District of Indian River County has already achieved unitary status in the area of facilities, non-instructional staff, and administrative staff, and the purpose of the Equity Committee is to maintain a high level of accountability to the School Board and citizenry in ensuring compliance with the remaining requirements of the [August 2018] Order and facilitating the achievement of full unitary status.

While the parties agree that the School District is entitled to a declaration of partial unitary status already in the area of facilities, non-instructional staff, and administrative staff, other areas remain to achieve full unitary status. Therefore, the Equity Committee will monitor the School District’s progress in these remaining areas for a period of three school years, which time period will begin at the Equity Committee’s first meeting. If, at the end of the three years, the School District has complied with the remaining requirements of this agreement, the parties agree that the School District will be entitled to a declaration of unitary status in all areas.

Kim Bearden visits the sdirc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2uUjnnKbPc&feature=youtu.be
This week we welcomed Kim Bearden to the SDIRC! Kim is the co-founder, executive director, and language arts teacher at the highly-acclaimed Ron Clark Academy, an innovative middle school and educator training facility in Atlanta. Over the past nine years, over 36,000 educators from around the world have visited Kim's classroom at the Academy and have attended her workshops to learn better ways to engage students, promote academic rigor, and create a climate and culture that promotes success. We were so fortunate to have Kim address our teachers live and in person!

Dodgertown Elementary School Tunnel of Hope

On Monday morning, Dodgertown Elementary School students were welcomed to school by a Tunnel of Hope. Members of the school district and the community came out to support the students at Dodgertown Elementary; encouraging them to not only have a wonderful week, but an amazing new school year!

Classroom Spotlight: Ms. Thomas, Osceola Magnet

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Ms. Thomas' first graders at Osceola Magnet School completed a "let your light shine" activity. The class brainstormed ways they could let their light shine in class and around campus. After coming up with ideas, they drew or wrote about it on their cup and "lit" them up!

Treasure Coast Sotheby's Photo Contest

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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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United Way Day of Caring

The United Way Day of Caring is quickly approaching! Don't forget to register to volunteer or submit a project! See the flyer below for more details.
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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, Aug. 28th, 1pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 28th, 6pm

6500 57th Street, Vero Beach, FL., 32967

Join us for our Business Meeting in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center.