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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Recap of VBHS Homecoming Week!

IRCSO SRO "Git Up" Challenge!

School Resource Officer - Git Up Challenge

Cheers, dances, music, and games...celebrating their unity and support for one another! GO VERO!

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VBHS teachers and staff participate in Homecoming "Spirit Week" themed dress-up days!

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SRHS on CBS12 "Friday Night Lights"

Blue Bell Ice Cream Celebration in honor of Dr. Nicole Mosblech, TEacher of the Year State Finalist

Blue Bell Teacher of the Year Ice Cream Celebration

Thank you for your service!

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At our Board meeting on Tuesday, September 10th, we recognized our SDIRC employees and law enforcement officers who served in our Hurricane Shelters, and other areas, during Hurricane Dorian evacuations. This picture only reflects a fraction of the people who served! Thank you to our administrators who served in shelters, food service, transportation, and custodial professionals, nurses and health aides, law enforcement officers, physical plant employees, and other directors and assistant superintendents who worked from satellite locations and the Emergency Services Department. We are so grateful for your dedication and the sacrifices that you made to keep our community and school district safe before, during, and after the storm.

SRMS Makes a Special Connection with the Bahamas

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Mitzi DiRocco and the principal of the school SRMS adopted in the Bahamas

Thank you to Sebastian River Middle School for organizing a supply drive for Bahamas relief, and to our community for donating so many useful supplies. One of their teachers, Mitzi DiRocco, and her friends traveled by boat to Grand Cay, an area they were familiar with, to put all of the collected supplies into the right hands. While working at a hurricane shelter, Mr. Racine, principal at SRMS, made a connection with a family, who had relatives who were living in devastation, in the Bahamas. Through this connection, SRMS also "adopted" a school there to help them restore and rebuild. SRMS will continue to accept donations for the Bahamas as long as they are needed. Thank you to our community members who have donated supplies to the Bahamas through SRMS, and other community organizations!

The SDIRC Raised $13,867.56 for Bahamas Relief!

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On Friday, September 6th, the first day teachers and students returned to school following Hurricane Dorian, our District participated in a special "Casual for a Cause" to support relief efforts for the Bahamas. All proceeds were donated to Operation Helping Hands. One hundred percent of funds raised through Operation Helping Hands will go directly to help the people affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and other affected areas.

Operation Helping Hands is a partnership between United Way of Miami-Dade, the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald, and JCS Helpline Services that was created in 1998 in the aftermath of devastating hurricanes Mitch and Georges, to provide the people of South Florida a way to extend a helping hand to their neighbors in need. Since then, it has been reactivated numerous times in response to disasters and other emergency situations.

International Dot Day September 15th-ish

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This week, some of our schools celebrated "International Dot Day," a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, that began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book, The Dot, on September 15, 2009.

Julie Carroll, media specialist at Rosewood Elementary, incorporated literacy, art, and technology to teach students about perseverance, courage, and creativity. #SDIRCMakeYourMark @SDIRCCI @quivervision

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

Dads Take Your Child to School Day, Wednesday, May 25th!

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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.

Schedule of Events for "Dads Take Your Child to Schools Day"

If your student's school is not on the schedule below, please contact your school's main office for more information regarding special activities for "Dads Take Your Child to School Day!"


Citrus Elementary School: "Dudes and Dudettes" Breakfast from 8:00 - 8:35 a.m. in the cafeteria.


Glendale Elementary: "Donuts with our Dads" in the café, starting at 8:00 a.m.


Indian River Academy: "Donuts for Dad" from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.


Pelican Island Elementary: Breakfast with F.U.D.G.E. (Fathers, Uncles, Dudes, Grandfathers, Extra Someone Specials) bring their child to school and attend a chocolate-themed breakfast from 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room.


Storm Grove Middle School: Breakfast will be served from 7:00 - 7:45 a.m. for students, dads, and male role models, in the cafeteria.


Treasure Coast Elementary: "Donuts with Dads," starting with photo booth in the front office beginning at 8:15, followed by donuts with dads in your student's classroom. If you are attending with more than one student, we ask the older sibling(s) to join the younger. Teachers have a fun activity planned with dads and male role models in the classrooms!


Vero Beach Elementary: "Donuts with Dudes" from 8:15 - 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria


Vero Beach High School: Breakfast will be served at VBHS for Dads, male role models, and their VBHS Student(s) in the ½ Hour Inn at the main campus, and in the media center at the FLC from 6:45 -7:30 a.m.

Pound Fitness at Fellsmere Elementary School

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This past Wednesday, Joy Nottage, from the Sebastian Gym, came to Fellsmere Elementary to teach "Pound Fitness". The entire school got active and had fun using a steady beat! We are so fortunate for people like Joy to come out to FES and share their passion! Our students are worth it and they were amazing!

Fellsmere Elementary Art Collage

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Fellsmere Elementary Art Teacher, Sandy Bachmann, completed her beginning of year “Entire School Collaboration" mural from Popsicle sticks. Every student, teacher, admin, and staff member decorated a Popsicle stick. Way to go FES Mustangs!

NAtional Voter Registration Day is September 24th!

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September 24th is National Voter Registration Day, and the Indian River County Elections Office will have representatives in our high schools during student lunch times to register new voters! Students can pre-register to vote at 16, and they will need either their drivers license, or the last 4 digits of their social security number to register. Please call the Indian River County Elections office if you have any questions. 772-226-3440.

SDIRC Back to School Safety Message

Back to School Safety Message

fortifyfl suspicious activity reporting 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.

IRCSO School tips hotline and email

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Veteran of the Month: Robert Gonzalez

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Robert was born in Vero Beach, Florida in 1984, and graduated from Vero Beach High School Class of 2002. He did not waste any time, and a month later joined the United States Army and served 3 combat tours in Iraq as an Artillery Cannon Cocker and conducted logistics convoy patrols while in theatre. Some of the medals awarded to Robert were the Iraqi Campaign medal with 5 stars, Global war on terrorism expeditionary medal, Presidential Unit Citation award, Expert Rifle badge, and Combat Action badge. Upon retiring from the US Army on valentine’s day of 2013, Robert attended college and received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. He landed a position as the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist in September of 2015, and case managed on average of about 30 Veterans with the intent of helping them become gainfully employed. The position opened as Veteran Service Officer and Robert applied and was chosen as the new Veteran Service Officer for Indian River County in 2017. His dream came true as this was a goal he set to achieve upon retiring from the military. Robert’s mission is helping veterans with overcoming obstacles and health complications with resources available within the community. If there is anything a veteran needs, Robert will be there for them. One team, One fight! Huah!!

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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.

register for the veterans council golf tournament by saturday, october 5th

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Introducing our NEW SDIRC Mobile App!

https://youtu.be/H8XmaytaMFg
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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.

support education with a fresh, new look!

Click below to order your Support Education license plate!

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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/

School information

Virtual Backpack

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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, Sep. 24th, 1-4pm

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, Sep. 24th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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