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.

No School on Monday, February 18th, in observance of presidents' Day

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February 14th marked one year since the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD). The students at Vero Beach High School remembered not only the victims of the MSD tragedy, but victims of school violence across our country; Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Columbine, and Santa Fe High School, to name a few. Our school district remembers these victims, stands in solidarity and support for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and our other communities in education who have been impacted by violence.

Oslo Middle School's Kindness Challenge

We can feel the LOVE at Oslo Middle School (OMS). This week, OMS students participated in a "Kindness Challenge," where they were challenged by their teachers to be caught doing 17 random acts of kindness. Each act of kindness was to honor a victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy, one year ago. Each act of kindness was written down on the student's kindness log, and collected throughout the week. The art room has a kindness tree on display, complete with colorful and inspiring leaves made by students, and the teachers are being "heart attacked" with kind words, written by students, and posted on their doors.
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2017-2018 Executive Summary
Our 2017-2018 Executive Summary serves as a reader-friendly narrative of the goals that were met and the success that was celebrated throughout our first year of implementing the Strategic Plan. Enriched with photographs of our own students, teachers, staff members, and community partners, explicable info-graphics, and testimonials, provide a clear picture of how our district is climbing toward success, and making steady progress, each day. In the following years, we will continue to build on the successes of our first year of the Strategic Plan and will set out to accomplish even more of our goals.

February is Black History Month

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The State of Florida announced the 2019 theme of Black History Month as “Celebrating Public Service,” to recognize and pay tribute to African-American leaders who play prominent roles in public service throughout Florida.

SDIRC students will be given the opportunity to participate in academic and creative contests based on this year’s theme. Students in grades K-3 are invited to participate in an art contest, while students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest. Information will be coming home with your student from their school.

Throughout the month, we are celebrating by honoring different "Black History Heroes" on our SDIRC website and social media several times a week. In the gallery below, you will find some of the influential African-American leaders we have featured this past week, or you can click the button below and go directly to our Black History Month page on the SDIRC website.

Osceola Magnet School Named "Magnet school of excellence"

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We are proud to share that Osceola Magnet School has been named a 2019 “National Magnet School of Excellence” by Magnet Schools of America. Please click the button below to view the press release from Magnet Schools of America.

VBHS Girl's Weightlifting State Runners-Up

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Vero Beach High School Girl's Weightlifting are the FHSAA State Runners-up! It was an overall amazing day for the team, including two individual champions in their weight classes, Alyssa Depalo and Jayda Jenkins. Jayda Jenkins also set a new state record with a 190lb clean and jerk. Congratulations to all of these young women, and their coaches, Pete DeLuke, Brian Secrest, and Taylor Lane!

Our Code of Conduct Advisory Team Needs You!

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VPK Registration has begun!

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The PreK Department is pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Application process has begun! Families can begin applying to be a part of the VPK lottery beginning Monday, January 14th and ending Friday, April 12th, 2019, at the PreK Office between 9AM-12PM & 2PM-5PM. Families are strongly encouraged to call the office prior to coming to be sure there is staff available to assist them (directions and maps can be found on our page at

Families who may have questions about the lottery process can visit our VPK page on the District website ( (click on the "How to Apply" tab).

Applications will NOT be accepted without a child’s Certificate of Eligibility, which is processed and approved through the Early Learning Coalition. The Early Learning Coalition Family Portal link can be found here ( or on our “How to Apply” tab, as well.

Magnet School registration

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Acceptance and Non-Acceptance letters were mailed out today, 2/15. Families have until March 8th to enroll their student(s) once they are accepted to a Magnet School.

Magnet School applications are still being accepted, however, they will not be placed in the lottery.

Students who turned in applications by February 1st, and were not accepted through the lottery, will be placed on a wait list by their lottery number. Any applications submitted after Feb. 1st will be placed behind those not accepted in lottery, by date and time submitted.

For families submitting late applications:

Families may indicate only ONE choice of a magnet school. The three magnet schools in Indian River County are Osceola Magnet, with a math and science focus; Rosewood Magnet, with a Core-Knowledge curriculum; and Liberty Magnet, with an international studies focus. Families who apply for their student to attend a magnet school must agree to follow the requirements of the Magnet School Commitments. Applications can be picked up at the School District office at 6500 57th Street or any of the magnet schools.

Don't miss Kindergarten Round-up next weekend!

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Veteran of the Month: Jason M. Patzer

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Jason M. Patzer, served 4.5 years active duty with USMC as an E-4 Non-Commissioned Officer and was honorably discharged. He is one of the founding members of the Next Generation Veterans, Inc. Jason is the Wolf Den leader for Cub Scout Pack 530, organizer of a youth to veteran pen-pal program, and member and volunteer of the Vero Beach Veterans Social Club. Jason is currently the owner of a multi-inspection home company, “First and Goal Home Inspections,” that has been proudly serving IRC for over 5 years. Jason is married to Marcie Patzer, and has 2 sons, Nathan, who graduated from VBHS and is a Marine Corps “Poolie”, and Hunter who attends Citrus Elementary and is a student in the Autism Spectrum Program.

SDIRC Job Fair

WOW what a turn out!! The SDIRC job fair was a success! Over 80 people pre-registered for our job fair, and it showed. The room was swarming with teaching candidates who visited with each school and were interviewed on the spot! Several candidates signed letters of intent, and will be moving on in the hiring process. We can't wait to see the amazing new talent, who will be filling some of our classroom positions, this year and next!

February's Casual for a Cause

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Before the American Heart Association (AHA) existed, people with heart disease were thought to be doomed to complete bed rest — or destined to imminent death.

A handful of pioneering physicians and social workers believed it didn’t have to be that way. They conducted studies to learn more about heart disease, America’s No. 1 killer. Then, on June 10, 1924, they met in Chicago to form the American Heart Association — believing that scientific research could lead the way to better treatment, prevention and ultimately a cure. The early American Heart Association enlisted help from hundreds, then thousands, of physicians and scientists.

“We were living in a time of almost unbelievable ignorance about heart disease,” said Paul Dudley White, one of six cardiologists who founded the organization.

In 1948, the association reorganized, transforming from a professional scientific society to a nationwide voluntary health organization composed of science and lay volunteers and supported by professional staff.

Since then, the AHA has grown rapidly in size and influence — nationally and internationally — into an organization of more than 33 million volunteers and supporters dedicated to improving heart health and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

explore assistive technology on february 20th

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ese parent survey

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support education tags available now!

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It's official! The new design of the Support Education license plate is available now! You can purchase your tag at the main branch of the Tax Collector's Office.

Each time a tag is sold $20 goes toward the Education Foundation of Indian River County to fund classroom and school grants!

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.

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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:

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

Click below to see our District's Strategic Plan

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Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 1pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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