The Connection

Connecting you to the School District of Indian River County

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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 McMillan, at to submit potential highlights.

District News

Summer Mobile Cafés Are On the Road!

On May 29th, the School District of Indian River County (SDIRC) Mobile Cafés were back on the road serving children 18 years and younger with nutritionally balanced lunches at no charge. In the summer of 2015, as a school district, we realized that not all of the children in the community could get to the designated school locations for their free summer meals and, as a solution, the School District of Indian River County converted a school bus into a “mobile café.” After a very successful first summer, it was clear that more buses like these were needed in our community to cover a wider area of Indian River County, and to make sure that all children who needed a meal would have one. To make this a reality, an anonymous donor sponsored a second mobile café and the school district’s Food and Nutrition Department paid for a third mobile café, expanding the fleet to the three mobile cafés in service today. Mobile Cafés stop at various locations, and children can visit the bus for a lunch to eat inside the bus on the colorful benches, or dine under the shaded awning. Buses currently serve north county from Gifford, Sebastian, and Fellsmere feeding more than 500 children per day, and south county feeding approximately 250 children per day.

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TechVentures Technology Camp

SDIRC is excited to offer TechVentures, a free student technology camp, for the first time this summer to help students in grades 5-8 improve their digital literacy skills. TechVentures is designed to enhance a student’s ability to utilize software applications available to them in school. This hands-on, interactive technology camp will equip students with some of the digital literacy skills necessary to succeed. Some of the courses being offered include robotics, coding, digital design, and media production.

STEP into kindergarten teachers participate in conscious discipline training

The STEP into Kindergarten summer program began on May 31st with teachers and teacher assistants participating in Conscious Discipline training. They received an array of behavior management strategies and classroom structures that turn everyday situations into learning opportunities. The STEP into Kindergarten program focuses on developing a School Family that increases connections between adults and children, ensuring optimal development for all.

Dedication of Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center

On May 30th we celebrated Mr. Joe N. Idlette, Jr. at the dedication of the newly named Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center. Several members of the community, friends, and families joined to recognize Mr. Idlette and his many years of service and accomplishments in the School District of Indian River County. Joe N. Idlette, Jr. became the 1st African-American to be elected to the Indian River County School Board on November 19, 1974. He served for 20 years, 3 terms as board chair and 3 as vice-chair. Mr. Idlette also held the position of President for the Florida School Board Association for a single term, and served as a State delegate for the National School Board on three separate occasions. Mr. Idlette's most significant contribution to Indian River County was leading the way for equal education for all students by filing a lawsuit to end segregated schools in 1964. He was successful in his legal pursuit and schools were required to integrate in 1968.
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project help

Project H.E.L.P (Hospital Exemplary Learning Program) students, Michael Scali Environmental Services Intern; Anthony Scali, Hospitality Intern; D.K. Richardson, Facilities Intern; and Dakota Bennett, DMS Supply Chain Intern, spoke to us about their individual responsibilities within their departments and the growth and challenges they have experienced as a student participating in Project H.E.L.P. Thank you to these young professionals for allowing us to visit their workplace and and speak to them about their success.

Project H.E.L.P. is a transition program partnership between Indian River Medical Center and the School District of Indian River County teaching students important job skills as they transition from high school to the workforce.

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