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 contact Public Information Officer, Cristen Maddux, at to submit potential highlights.

District News

sdirc teacher of the year participates in 2019 florida teacher of the year roundtable

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SDIRC District Teacher of the Year, Tess Borengasser

Our District Teacher of the Year, Tess Borengasser, from Glendale Elementary School, is participating in the 2019 Florida Teacher of the Year Roundtable in Orlando, FL. She is joined by teachers from all over the state of Florida, as well as First Lady Ann Scott and Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. The 2019 Teacher of the Year will be announced at the awards gala tonight. To watch the gala live, please visit:

Live recording will begin at 7:00 p.m.

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Florida Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart

Updated dress code information

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Information regarding the update to the Student Dress Code for Sebastian River Middle School, Sebastian River High School and Vero Beach High School

The Student Code of Conduct Committee consisting of students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members met several times throughout last school year. These meetings were publicized and were open to the public.

The Committee recommended changes to the Code of Conduct, which included updates to the dress code. The Board approved these updates at a June Board meeting. The updates to the dress code effect ONLY Sebastian River Middle School, Sebastian River High School, and Vero Beach High School. All other schools will continue to follow the dress code that has been established at their schools.
There are two significant changes to the dress code for Sebastian River Middle School, Sebastian River High School, and Vero Beach High School. First, clothing and accessories will contain no words or graphics, however, shirts may contain print and a logo no larger than 2”x 2”. Secondly, apparel will contain no sheer, net, mesh, or sleepwear items. No leggings, jeggings, or pajamas are allowed.
We understand the desire for individuality among our students. We believe that with the updates to the dress code, students will still be able to express themselves appropriately and enjoy the clothing they wear, while respecting themselves and others.
Please see the Student Dress Code for the School District of Indian River County below.

National Summer Learning Day

July 12 was National Summer Learning Day, and extended day summer camp students at Vero Beach Elementary and Sebastian Elementary School received a visit from the Moonshot Rocket Bus!! Volunteers from the Learning Alliance acted out "The Tiny Seed" story, while students at inside stations worked with Play-Doh, sculpting faces to represent their emotions, movement to music, making shakers displaying different emotions on both sides, spoken-word poetry from Dorrian Bridges, and a National Read Aloud of "Trombone Shorty." This year the focus was connecting literacy and social-emotional learning through the theme from the movie "Inside Out."

SPARK Digital LEarning Academy

The School District of Indian River County, in partnership with the Education Foundation, hosted the Digital Summer Academy at the Freshman Learning Center from July 10th to July 12th. Over the course of three days, teachers were introduced to tools and strategies needed to promote student engagement and create a dynamic digital learning environment. Teachers received training on Canvas, Office 365, SMART, digital classroom basics , and customized technology integration training from Greg Kulowiec of Ed Tech Teacher. We are so excited to expand 21st Century learning and innovation skills in the classrooms of Indian River County.

Treasure Coast Sotheby's Summertime School Supply Contest Winners

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Treasure Coast Sotheby’s International Realty hosted a “Summertime School Supply Giveaway” for Indian River County teachers. The nominations are in, and the contest is closed! Congratulations to Kim Ryan Weese, teacher at Treasure Coast Elementary, and Donna Quinto Wentz, teacher at Pelican Island Elementary, who received the most nominations, and won a $250 gift card to Staples. Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway, and to Treasure Coast Sotheby's for your generosity and recognition of our teachers!

sdirc job fair follow up

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We are looking forward to seeing some new faces in the SDIRC! Fifty applicants attended the first School District of Indian River County Job Fair on July 11. Positions were available for Substitute Teachers and Teacher Assistants. Out of the 50 applicants, 43 are being considered for substitute teaching positions, and the remaining seven applicants are looking for other opportunities within our District. Stay tuned for SDIRC Job Fairs featuring positions in our Transportation department and Instructional positions.

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Virtual Backpack

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SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, July 24th, 6pm

6500 57th Street, Vero Beach, FL, 32957

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