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.

Have a safe and fun summer break! Students return on August 12, 2019!

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SDIRC Summer Food Program

Mobile Cafe Route

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South County Route

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Central County Route

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North County Route

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Summer Food Program School Sites and Meal Schedule

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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.

vaccine information for incoming 7th grade students

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tuttle law recognized at the commissioner's business recognition awards

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Each year, our District is given the opportunity to select a local business partner to be recognized at the Commissioner's Business Recognition Awards (CBRA). The award recognizes businesses for their extraordinary contributions to public education in Florida. Mr. Tuttle is a local attorney in Vero Beach, Florida. In the early 90’s, Mr. Tuttle worked in a law firm in Brevard County, and heard of the need for programs and contests specifically for students with disabilities. After running the holiday card contest for 6 years in Brevard County, he moved to Indian River County in 2002, opened his own firm, and carried on the contest, officially naming it the “Tuttle Holiday Card Contest.” For the past 17 years, during the holiday season, hundreds of students have submitted their drawings to the “Tuttle Holiday Card Contest.” Each student pours their heart and talents into their artwork in hopes that it would be used to create a holiday card that Mr. Tuttle’s Law Firm will send to all of their clients and various community organizations. Each year, when a student is chosen, they are presented with their framed holiday card artwork, a $25 gift card to the Vero Beach Book Center, and the pride in knowing that their artwork is featured on this very important holiday card that is received by over 2,500 individuals and organizations across the state of Florida. Not only does Mr. Tuttle recognize the winner of the contest, the second and third place winners, and the top four teachers with highest classroom participation in the contest with gift cards, EVERY student who enters the contest is recognized with a gift card to the Book Center. In 2018, the “Tuttle Holiday Card Contest” had 102 entrants, and the winner was an extra special surprise. For the first time, due to the creative expression and collaboration on the artwork, the “Tuttle Holiday Card Contest” winner was an entire Pre-K class from Vero Beach Elementary School. Generously, Mr. Tuttle awarded every student in the class with a gift card to the bookstore, and presented their teacher, Ms. Mulchay-Ladyzhinsky, with her own gift card, and their framed artwork to be displayed in their classroom. Mr. Tuttle frames a second copy of the artwork for the walls of his law office, which are now covered in almost two decades of student success. We recognized Ms. Mulchay-Ladyzhinsky’s classroom at a Board meeting this year, while also recognizing Mr. Tuttle for his years of dedication and artistic inspiration to our students.

step into kindergarten

https://youtu.be/WKhOrljxGyw

STEP into Kindergarten is in action at Osceola and Liberty Magnet schools. STEP into Kindergarten promotes readiness for school success and a positive transition into Kindergarten.

Throughout the six-week summer transition enrichment program, students will make new friends, and become familiar with kindergarten skills, routines, and expectations. STEP into Kindergarten allows students to develop relationships with other children and teachers - many of whom they will meet again in August at their home school.

Children in STEP into Kindergarten are engaging in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities. For example, our teachers are using Classic Fairy Tales with hands-on STEAM and literacy activities that children love! As children read the stories, animate the puppets, answer questions and complete each STEAM challenge, they build critical language and literacy skills, boost creative expression, master early engineering concepts and much more! These STEAM activities are integrating multiple subject areas—including literacy, creative expression (art, music, and dramatic play) and social-emotional development.

The STEP into Kindergarten program prepares both students and families for Kindergarten success in our school district. Thank you, to the Education Foundation and all community partners for making the STEP into Kindergarten program possible, and welcome to our district, future Kindergartners!

SRHS JROTC Cadets participate in Sailing Academy, Leadership Academy, and State programs

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SRHS Navy JROTC Cadets spent last week at Eckerd College attending the Navy JROTC Area Seven Sail Academy. The Sail Academy is designed as a small boat sail training program focused on teaching seamanship and small boat sailing/racing. Each cadet was on the water for two sailing sessions each day. Though the focus is on sailing, the curriculum also offers opportunities for leadership and personal fitness development. Four SRHS Cadets attended; Sierra Santiso, Elias Bowler, Nicole Rathburn, and Conner Landis.

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SRHS also had two Cadets graduate from Leadership Academy; Mia Martinelli and Owen Hucek. Leadership Academy is designed to help teach and motivate them for potential leadership positions at their individual Units. Leadership Academy is physically, emotionally and mentally demanding, but a very rewarding experience. The main objective of Leadership Academy is to return a highly motivated cadet who will provide leadership for the unit for the next school year–someone who can come in and supervise, organize and train other unit members.

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In addition to those accomplishments, SRHS recently had two Cadets finish Girls State; Sierra Santiso and Megan Barry, and two boys finish Boys State, Adam Roth and Hunter Morrison. These programs are run by the American Legion in Tallahassee, FL, and are among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for United States high school students.

The motus tower at VBHS highlighted in Hometown News



Thanks to a partnership between our school district and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an antenna was mounted to the top of Vero Beach High School last week that will help bird watchers around the world track migratory bird movements through Indian River County as part of a wildlife tracking system called “Motus.”

Motus is essentially a coordinated system of automated receiver stations used to track migratory animals, primarily birds and bats, through terrestrial and coastal environments. These migratory animals have been affixed with digitally-encoded radio transmitters, usually attached by a Teflon ribbon harness, which broadcast signals several times each minute. The signals are detected by the automated receiver stations that are scanning for signals 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. When the tracking data collected from multiple receiver stations are combined and analyzed, the results enable researchers to study the movements of migratory animals over large distances.

Click Below for the article in Hometown News

Summer School Gallery

Citrus Elementary's Moonshot Academy

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Vero Beach Elementary's Moonshot Academy

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Veteran of the Month: Nicole Haagenson

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Nicole Haagenson is an Air Force and Florida Air National Guard Veteran who served from 2001 to 2009. She is currently the Director of IT Enterprise Project Managment for Orchid Insurance, a small business headquartered in Vero Beach. Nicole has lived in Vero Beach since 2009 with her fiance Cari Haagenson, an Indian River County Firefighter, and their 5 children. Her oldest two, Kelsey and Alyssa, have finished their first year in college at the University of Alabama and Santa Fe college in Gainesville, respectively. Her younger children Rylee, Kaidin, and Piper attend Imagine of South Vero and will be going into 8th, 6th, and 2nd grades.

Nicole has a Bachelor's degree from the University of North Florida in Computer and Information Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Nicole has been an active member of the Veteran community, leading an effort to clean and repair Veteran grave sites in Indian River County. She is also on the Board and the Secretary for the Next Generation Veterans of Indian River County. These are Veterans who have served during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She is active in raising fund for the "Words from War" monument that will be built near Veterans Memorial Island in Vero Beach, which is a tribute to those that have served after August 4, 1990.

SAVE the date for the 4th annual RT Star's Back to School Party

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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!

Summer VPK Enrollment

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Introducing our NEW SDIRC Mobile App!

https://youtu.be/H8XmaytaMFg

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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sdirc/id1451344822?mt=8


Download for Android at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.relianceco.cma.SDIRC

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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 www.getfortifyfl.com. 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.

support education with a fresh, new look!

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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 www.LicenseToLearnFL.com 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: 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

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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Special Business Meeting

Tuesday, July 2nd, 10-11am

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, July 23rd, 1pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, July 23rd, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

Budget Public Hearing

Tuesday, July 30th, 5-5:30pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Budget Public Hearing at 5:01 p.m.