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 to submit potential highlights.


Last weekend, the SDIRC sent our mobile cafes to north Florida to be used for food disbursement to hurricane victims, and $10,000 of Scholastic books to children who are in hurricane shelters, or dealing with the aftermath of recovery. Thank you to United Way and the Sunrise Rotary Club of Vero Beach for making donations toward the purchase of the Scholastic books! Check out our story by WPTV below!

WPTV Buses and Books to the Panhandle story

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SDIRC Celebrates our "Schools of Excellence!"

In order to qualify for initial designation as a School of Excellence, schools had to receive a grade of A or B in each of the most recent three school years (2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18) and had to rank at the 80th percentile or higher for their school type for at least two of the last three years. Qualifying schools shall retain the designation for up to three years.

Schools that received an initial School of Excellence designation based on 2016-17 school grades maintained that designation, if the school earned a 2017-18 school grade of A or B.

Congratulations to the Administrators, Teachers, Students, and Staff at the following schools!

Rosewood Magnet School

Osceola Magnet School

Liberty Magnet School

North County Charter School

Indian River Charter High School

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Seven Schools Awarded Grants by the Education Foundation of Indian River County

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The Education Foundation of Indian River County is pleased to announce that 7 grants, totaling $33,774.77 have been selected for funding.

School District of Indian River County school principals and teachers were encouraged to submit a “Letter of Idea” outlining what you would like to accomplish. Proposals focused on one of the following 4 areas with a focus on increasing student achievement: School Cultural Climate (social and emotional supports), Secondary Science (8th and 9th Biology), Math (K – 12th), and Reading (K-12th).

The following schools will receive grant funding:

· Osceola Magnet – “Improving Math Achievement” - $3,490.00

· Rosewood Magnet – “STREAMing through Coding with Robotics Clubs” - $4,799.00

· Glendale Elementary – “We are 21st Century Learners!” - $6,985.77

· Vero Beach Elementary – “Vertical Aeroponic Kinder “GARDENERS” - $5,650.00

· Citrus Elementary – “Enhanced Learning for K!” - $2,500

· Sebastian River High School – “Integrating Robotics into Physics” - $7,350.00

· Pelican Island – “Planting the Seeds of Knowledge” - $3,000.00

The SDIrc dedicates "Centennial Trees" at several of our schools

This week we continued to participate in our city's Centennial celebrations by dedicating trees at different schools in our school district. Members of the Centennial Committee, and the Tree and Beautification Commission are joining us at each school, along with members of the community, students, teachers, and staff members.

National School Lunch Week Video

Read for the record

On October 25th, we celebrated Read for the Record®! Read for the Record brings together millions of people each year in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes across the US. This annual campaign was launched over a decade ago to highlight the importance of building early literacy and language skills for EVERY child, so that all children have the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. Join us below for Moonshot Storytime with Chef Knut Meg, and experience the book that our students were reading in their classrooms!

Osceola Magnet Read for the Record

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Rosewood Magnet Read for the Record

National School Bus Safety Week

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2018 National School Bus Safety Week is October 22-26, 2018, and the theme is "My Driver - My Safety Hero!" The theme of National School Bus Safety Week is derived from the Poster Contest the year before. The 2017 winning poster, depicted above, was drawn by Aumkar Patel, a 5th Grader at Henry County Schools in McDonough, GA.

Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week.

Student Spotlight: all SDIRC Students who made gains on their florida state assessments

At the October 23rd School Board meeting, we recognized elementary, middle, and high school students who made significant gains on their Florida State Assessments. Congratulations, to all of these students!
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School Spotlight: Dodgertown Elementary's Reading and Math Fluency Bee

The Media Center was buzzing for the first annual 3rd Grade Reading and Math Fluency Bee! Congratulations, to Mrs. Grapsy’s class who won the first-place trophy for recognizing the most sight words and to Mrs. Ruby’s class for recognizing the most multiplication math facts! Huge shout out to all of our students for excellent sportsmanship and to our Cultural Arts Team for organizing and supporting our school wide initiatives!

School Spotlight: Beachland Elementary School's Board meeting performance

Beachland Elementary School’s “Shark Singers” entertained the audience at our October 23rd School Board meeting. Under the direction of Mr. Elvin Hanna, the group performed "Patriotic Medley” and "I Am But a Small Voice."
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Classroom Spotlight: Mr. Goff's Class

As part of their unit on the judicial branch, these senior government students in Mr. Groff's class traveled to the Indian River County Courthouse and were able to sit in on Judge Wild's courtroom for the day. While there, they were able to see defendants' first appearances via live stream video from the jail to the courtroom, witnessed a series of sentences being handed down, and sat in on a non jury trial.

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Veteran of the Month: Telly Antona

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Telly has two sons in the school system, Christian, senior at VBHS, and Caiden, 7th grade student at Oslo Middle School. Telly is a founding member and Executive Officer for the Next Generation Veterans (a young veterans organization in IRC). She started and ran a PTSD support group for Iraq/Afghanistan veterans. She is the co-host of the “Veterans Helping Veterans” radio show. She also is an active volunteer with Vietnam Veterans of Indian River County serving as a VA Benefit advocate and counselor. If you have been to our recent Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies, Telly sings the National Anthem accompanied by the VBHS Band. Telly represents our young veteran community exceptionally well, as both an active volunteer and leader.

sdirc instructional calendar survey

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We want your input on our instructional calendar for the 2019-2020 school year! Please visit www.indianriverschools org, view the draft calendars, and take the survey.

Join us for the Mathematics textbook extravaganza!

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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 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.

October's Casual for a Cause

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Support local schools, students, and teachers

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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:

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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Mathematics Textbook Extravaganza

Monday, Oct. 29th, 4-7pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center to preview materials and speak with companies about their products.

Organization Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 5pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. TEC where the new Board members will be sworn in, and the new Chairman and Vice Chairman will be selected.

Leasing Corporation Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 5:30pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. TEC for the Leasing Corporation Meeting.

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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