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.

Welcome Back to School on Monday, August 12th!

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SDIRC Back to School Safety Message

Back to School Safety Message
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bus route information

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Are you looking for your student's bus information? Click below, and enter your address, select your student's grade, and easily find your student's bus stop and route information. You can also call 978-8801 and select the prompt for "routing."

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New Teacher Orientation

About 60 teachers new to SDIRC eagerly gathered at Vero Beach Elementary on July 31 and August 1st, for New Teacher Orientation. Teachers were treated to breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day thanks to our generous sponsors - MidFlorida Credit Union, IRCEA, and VALIC. Teachers were gifted a basket full of school supplies and were given the chance to stock up on folders, glue, scissors, crayons, filler paper, and the like. Teachers participated in professional development around technology, including, Canvas, iReady, and Office 365, that is used in the classroom, as well as presentations from HR, Benefits, and Payroll. Day two of orientation focused around building relationships with students, establishing routines and procedures, and a new teacher panel where new teachers, from various backgrounds, answered questions from the new hires. This was one of their favorite activities of the two-day training. Teachers mentioned that at the end of the training, they felt invigorated, appreciated, and eager to start the school year with their students.

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Mr. Manny Scott, original Freedom Writer, inspires teachers in our district

On Tuesday, August 6th, SDIRC teachers gathered at the VBHS for a back to school inspirational message from Mr. Manny Scott, husband, father of 3, successful entrepreneur, Ph.D. student, and one of the nation's most sought after motivational speakers. His powerful and memorable message was a wonderful way to mentally and emotionally prepare for our new school year!
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back to school teacher classroom gallery

Take a look at the hard work that these teachers have already put into their classrooms! Several teachers already have been working for weeks to turn an empty space into MAGIC for their incoming students! We are looking forward to showcasing beautiful classroom pictures that are submitted by teachers until we welcome students back on August 12th!

Mrs. Segroves 2nd grade classroom at Citrus Elementary

Ms. Kolb's 4th grade classroom at Dodgertown Elementary

Mr. Kinkle's choir room at Sebastian River Middle School

Mrs. DeGraeve's 1st grade classroom at Dodgertown Elementary

Ms. Daniele's 2nd grade classroom at Fellsmere Elementary

Mrs. DiPardo's music classroom at Fellsmere Elementary

Mrs. Borchardt's Math Lab at Vero Beach Elementary

Mrs. Keeler's Resource Room at Citrus Elementary

Mrs. Patterson's 3rd grade classroom at Vero Beach Elementary

Mrs. Merritt's kindergarten classroom at Rosewood Magnet

Mrs. Lewis' kindergarten classroom at Rosewood Magnet

Osceola Magnet Teachers and Staff are "Set to Launch!"

The teachers and staff at Osceola Magnet School participated in a team building activity of the musical kind! Under the direction of music teacher, Ms. Janine Jones, their original song, "Set to Launch!" is truly a team effort, and shows off the amazing talent and creativity of their staff!

Safety for Everyone, Everywhere!

SDIRC Physical Plant Staff trained on lift equipment

When we say that safety is our district's number one priority, we mean safety for EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE! Take a look at our aerial lift training on the districts new 50’ Genie lift. The lift comes in VERY handy when our incredible team of physical plant staff are required to change roadway and parking lot lighting, trim trees, and clean gutters. A total of 21 Physical Plant staff members were trained on the new equipment by Patrick Knisel, a representative of RingPower, Inc. The staff members who appear in the attached photos are Pete Santillo, Tommy Bell, David Wright, and Barry Deem. Thank you to Chad Lane and Jim Borgman, who were instrumental in arranging the training class.
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Community Needs Assessment Survey

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Our district is hosting a Community Needs Assessment for the Indian River Community Foundation, who has joined with the United Way of Indian River County, the Florida Department of Health in Indian River County, and the Children’s Services Advisory Committee to produce a comprehensive community needs assessment for Indian River County. This participatory survey will be conducted through September 3, 2019, with findings reported to the community in the spring of 2020. Anyone 18 years and older that resides in Indian River, for any duration of the year, is welcome to participate in this survey. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and should only be completed once by each respondent.


Summer Food PRogram Comes to a Close

Thank you to our dedicated transportation professionals and staff at our summer food program school sites for making our summer food program possible!

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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.

register for the veterans council golf tournament by saturday, october 5th

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Veteran of the Month: Ben Humphries

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Ben served in the US Army as a Staff Sgt. from 1967-1971 and the US Army Reserve from 1973-1975. During his time in the army, Ben was stationed in Vietnam. Along with his military service, Ben has also served our community as the President of America Serving Veterans Foundation, President of Vero Recovery Inc., Past President of Vietnam Veterans of America Florida State Council, Past President VVA Chapter 1038 Vero Beach,

Director, Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation 2014-2015, Toys for Tots Coordinator in Indian River County (2011), Vietnam Veterans of America National Election Committee, Dogs for Life, Director (2012-2014), and as a Deacon at First Presbyterian Royal Palm (2012-2015). Thank you, Jim, for all that you have done for our country and our community!

Dads Take You Child to School Day...SAVE THE DATE!

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We are pleased to announce that Wednesday, September 25, 2019, will be the annual statewide observance of Dads Take Your Child to School Day. This initiative highlights the significant positive impact that fathers, father figures, and male role models have when taking an active role in a child’s education.

We encourage all of our schools to participate by planning a unique and meaningful event for fathers and students. Dads Take Your Child to School Day highlights father and male role model engagement and provides a platform for schools to inform fathers and male community members about resources available and ways to support children in our schools throughout the year.

We will post more information regarding individual school events/schedules as the date approaches!

Introducing our NEW SDIRC Mobile App!

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:

Download for Android at:

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The Florida Department of Education wants to hear from you! They have announced another opportunity to provide feedback on the standards. Floridians can still provide general feedback on the General Survey but now they can also provide feedback on each individual standard through the new Florida Review Portal. Click below for more information.

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.

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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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 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:

School information

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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Board Discussion Session

Tuesday, Aug. 13th, 12pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for the Board Discussion Session.

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 13th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, Aug. 27th, 1pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

Business Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 27th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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