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.

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September 15th marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from 9/15-10/15. Please join us throughout the month on SDIRC social media, as we celebrate innovative Hispanic-American leaders. #HispanicHeritage
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september is attendance awareness month!

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#SDIRCschooleveryday

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SDIRC Attendance Initiatives go NAtional

An article submitted by Eric Seymour, SDIRC Attendance Officer, was published on the attendanceworks.org website in recognition of the positive actions taken by our school district to promote and encourage attendance. Visit www.attendanceworks.org for more information on Attendance Awareness month across the country, and to view our article.
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Getting perfect attendance is SWEET! 313 VBE students earned a special ice cream treat!!! Way to go tribe!

Congratulations, 8th grade Dolphins! 8th grade students at Gifford Middle School earned "Fun in the Sun" today for winning this week's attendance goals with a 94.93% Attendance Rate. Second place was 6th grade at 94.36% and 7th grade 94.12%

Way to go, SHARKS! Attacking the attendance stats!

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Dodgertown Elementary "Early Bird" Classroom Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Video

https://youtu.be/pPZJ8hO3fQE
The Economic Opportunites 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!

Treasure Coast Technical College Receives Industry Appreciation Award

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The School District of Indian River County is excited to announce that the Treasure Coast Technical College received an Industry Appreciation Award in the “Government Building Renovation” category at the 30th Annual Industry Appreciation Awards. Following a Proclamation designating September 17-21, 2018, as Industry Appreciation Week in Indian River County, The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the achievements of local companies at its Annual Industry Appreciation Awards luncheon on September 20, at the Indian River State College Richardson Center.

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Healthy Schools offers free school flu clinics to our school district

As a result of last year’s flu epidemic, we are excited to announce our partnership with Healthy Schools LLC, an in-school health services program. In an effort to keep our schools healthy and attendance high, Healthy Schools LLC will be providing OPTIONAL no-cost, in-school flu shots to our students and staff at each school location during the week of October 15th. You may have already received an email with a registration and consent form from Healthy Schools regarding your child receiving a flu shot at their school. Please feel free to fill out the online consent form, or, a hard copy of the consent form that your child’s school will be sending home in the near future. If you did not receive an emailed consent form, and would like to register your child online, visit www.indianriverflu.com for online registration and consent forms. After your child’s school sets a date for their flu clinic with Healthy Schools, you will be notified of the day that the flu clinic will be happening at your child’s school. If you choose for your child to not receive a flu shot at their school, simply disregard all consent forms. In partnership with Healthy Schools, we hope to give each of our students the opportunity to remain flu free.

Remembering Kamaree Lyons

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SRHS senior, Kamaree Lyons, passed away on September 15th. Kamaree was a member of both the football and basketball teams and was well-loved by his friends and teachers at SRHS, who refer to him as respectful, positive, and kind-hearted. Our heartfelt condolences are with his family and friends at this time.

School Spotlight: Sebastian River High School, Encore!

Sebastian River High School's premier singing group, Encore, directed by Mr. Larry J. Stanley, Sr., performed at Indian River Estates, Thursday, September 13, 2018. It was an honor to perform for the wonderful people in our community. Follow us on Instagram @singingsharks to see the great things that are happening with Encore and the Shark Choir!

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Classroom Spotlight: Ms. Cundiff's Kindergarten Class at Fellsmere Elementary School

Ms. Cundiff's Kindergarten class at Fellsmere Elementary School had a fun time exploring and learning about the 5 Senses! Check out all of these engaging, hands-on activities! Great work, kindergartners, and kuddos to your creative teacher!!

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

"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.

Support local schools, students, and teachers

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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.

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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.