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.

The United Way Day of Caring

On September 8th, the SDIRC participated in The United Way Day of Caring. A kick-off breakfast was held at First Presbyterian Church where some of our students entertained the crowd. Pep band members from VBHS played energetic music while the cheerleaders performed cheers that they customized especially for the event. After the breakfast, our secondary school students remained at First Presbyterian to assemble nearly 1000 homeless care kits to be distributed to those in need. Administrators, teachers, students, staff, and families from our elementary schools dispersed to their campuses and other community projects. Some of the projects involved building new “Little Libraries” around Vero Beach, campus beautification and clean ups, and many more. Thank you, to everyone in the SDIRC who participated by volunteering their time and efforts on the 2018 United Way Day of Caring.

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september is attendance awareness month!

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#SDIRCschooleveryday

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Student Spotlight: Hunter Dyal

Hunter Dyal, Junior at VBHS, read the American Founders’ Month proclamation at the Board Meeting on September 11th. Hunter was nominated by his U.S. American History Honors teacher, Mr. Bowes, for being a respectful, hard-working student with a passion for American History.

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School Spotlight: Oslo Middle School

Oslo Middle School band students were the first school performance of the new school year at our Board Meeting on September 11th. Their brass group played Fantasy on A Children’s Song and Folk Song Variation.

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TEacher Spotlight: Jennifer Debenedet wins Chico's school supply drawing for Dodgertown Elementary!

Ms. Jennifer DeBenedet, 2nd grade teacher at DTE, entered Dodgertown Elementary School in the Vero Beach Chico's Outlet School Supply drawing. The Chico's Outlet, in partnership with Staples, participated in collecting school supplies for our students to give to a winning school entered by one of the school's teachers. On Wednesday, Nicole Coombs, store manager at Chico's, and Rick Edwards, store manager at Staples, surprised Ms. DeBenedet during her planning time with a plethora of supplies for Dodgertown Elementary. Congratulations, Ms. DeBenedet, and THANK YOU to the Chico's Outlet for your thoughtfulness and generosity to our school district and its students and teachers!
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VEteran of the Month: Barney Giordan

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Barney Giordan was honored at our September 11 Business meeting as our "Veteran of the Month." Thank you for your service, and dedication to our country!


  • Korean War Veteran (US Army)
  • National Guard for 32 years
  • Member of the Sebastian VFW Post 10210
  • Member of the American Legion Post 185
  • Creator and Founder of the Veterans in the Classroom Program

Dodgertown Elementary "Early Bird" Classroom Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Economic Opportunies Council of Indian River County, Inc. and The Indian River County School District held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of the "Early Bird" Early Childhood Education Classroom located at Dodgertown Elementary School in Gifford, FL. Thank you, to The Community Action Partnership, Indian River Impact 100, The John's Island Community Service League, and the John's Island Foundation for your collaboration in making this project become a reality for our students!

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publix school supply donations

Thank you, to Publix for another year's delivery of school supplies! You're generosity is greatly appreciated in the SDIRC! Another thank you to the Education Foundation for working with our schools to ensure that many "thanks" are sent out to our Publix partners from our students. Last, but certainly not least, thank you, to our warehouse employees for unloading and organizing the supplies for distribution to our district!
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"Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety"

Please join us for this special event brought to you by The Rotary Club of Vero Beach and the Sunrise Rotary on September 22, at the Emerson Center, featuring a documentary film, "Angst, Raising Awareness Around Anxiety," followed by an informative panel discussion.
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dads take your child to school day

It's right around the corner..."Dads Take Your Child to School Day" is on September 26, 2018! Dads and other male role models are encouraged to take their children to school. SDIRC campuses will be welcoming you with special morning activities. Here are some of the activities that our schools have reported so far. If your school is not on the list yet, please give them a call and ask for more information.
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Rosewood Magnet: Please join your child from 7:45-8:30 a.m. for breakfast and a family pledge building activity in our courtyard. Adult Breakfast $2.00, Student breakfast $1.25


Liberty Magnet: Liberty will be wearing purple shirts on Dads Day to show our support for Military Father Figures. Dads and students will have pictures taken together, breakfast, if they choose- PTA offers a "grab and go" for those that can't stay and the cafeteria is open for those that want to purchase breakfast-, and then walk their child(ren) to class and stay for the announcements.


Osceola Magnet: Activities will include: 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Donuts with Dad. Donuts and coffee will be available for Dads and students. Donations towards the cost will be accepted. 8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Classroom Visit, 9:30 – 10:00 am Coffee in the café with our Principal, Mr. Simpson.


Sebastian River Middle School: Donuts With Dads from 7:30-8:00 in the café.


Vero Beach High School: VBHS and FLC campuses will be serving a FREE breakfast for Dads and male role models and their student(s) before school 6:45- 7:15 a.m.


Vero Beach Elementary School: Doughnuts with Dudes 8-8:45 a.m. in the Media Center. There will be a literacy focus featuring guest speaker and author, Keith Lawrence Roman, here to talk to parents about the importance of literacy and reading to children.


Sebastian Elementary School: Join us from 8:00 am -9:00 am in the Sea Turtle Cafe

for doughnuts and coffee with a special performance by our Sea Turtle Cheerleaders!


Indian River Academy: Donuts for Dads in the café from 7:45-8:45 a.m.


Citrus Elementary: Dads and male role models are encouraged to share a special message for our “Bring Your Loved One to Breakfast” on Dads Take Your Child to School Day. A template for your message has been sent home with your student. Please fill out your message and return to your child’s homeroom teacher. Look for the message when you come for Dads Day during your FREE breakfast from 8:00-8:40 a.m.


Oslo Middle School: Dad’s breakfast in cafeteria at 8:00am followed by a "Kindness for our Dads" presentation at 8:30 from our students.


Gifford Middle School: Breakfast and photos with Dads and male role models in the Media Center at 7:30 a.m.


Storm Grove Middle School: Dad's breakfast before school 7:15-7:45 a.m. in the Media Center.


Glendale Elementary School: FREE breakfast in the café from 8:00-9:00 a.m.


Treasure Coast Elementary: "Donuts for Dads" - doors open at 8:15. Dads and male role models have a FREE special breakfast with kids and a fun photo booth. Everyone is encouraged to walk their student(s) to class.


Fellsmere Elementary: At 7:30 a.m., families are encouraged to meet at the old location of FES- 22 South Orange Street, Fellsmere 32948, and walk to the current location. Breakfast will be offered in the cafe to adults for $2 and free for students, followed by modeled reading strategies for parents to use at home, as they read with their children.

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September Casual for a Cause

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Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County

​The Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County (The Center), established in 1989, is focused on two initiatives – substance-abuse prevention and substance-abuse recovery. These two initiatives are the basis for the programs we offer. The Center is also the fiscal agent for, and lead agency of, the Substance Abuse-Free Indian River Coalition (SAFIR). Our LifeSkills® Training program has expanded to now include an after-school program for at-risk kids, at the SAC office and at the four middle schools.


The LifeSkills® Training program has been selected as an exemplary, research-based prevention program by: American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Drug Strategies, Inc., National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the White House Office of Drug Policy. It is an all year, three-year program for grades 6-8.

This weekend!

SDIRC Hosts School District’s First ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid Training’

SDIRC Hosts School District’s First ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid Training’ for Parents and Community Members

Similar to ‘First Aid’ and CPR, ‘Mental Health First Aid’ teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises

WHO: Available to 30 parents and community members supporting the SDIRC; Limited seats available; Must register by contacting christina.jacobs@indianriverschools.org or visiting the YMHFA website at https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/find-a-course/.

WHAT: First-ever parent and community member training on mental health first aid in the School District of Indian River County

WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8:30am – 5:30pm

WHERE: Storm Grove Middle School

WHY: Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are shockingly common in the United States. In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year. The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals throughout the nation, including the School District of Indian River County, to provide Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare their communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

Mental Health Information & Networking Fair


Join us at our First Mental Health Informational & Networking Fair. Monday, September 17, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 pm in the TEC. The SDIRC community partners/organizations, and Mental Health Staff will be on site available to provide information on coordinated services offered in our schools and to answer mental health related questions.

This weekend! Support the VBHS Band Trip to London!

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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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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

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Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, Sep. 25th, 1pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 25th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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