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.

dads take your child to school day

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"Dads Take Your Child to School Day" took place on September 26, 2018, and was a success! Hundreds of Dads and other male role models brought their students to school and were welcomed with breakfast, presentations , and special activities. Check out our special video and gallery below, dedicated to all of the Dads and male role models that support our students in the SDIRC!
https://youtu.be/5QA49GZgaQ4
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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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Attendance Awareness Students Recognized at SDIRC Business Meeting

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Thank you to these students who are shining examples of excellent attendance and accountability. These students participated in an attendance awareness video when they were 5th graders at Dodgertown Elementary, and again in a follow up video as 10th graders at Vero and Sebastian River High School. Pictured with SDIRC Board Members and Superintendent Rendell are: Caleb Arcentales, Cornell Wilson, and Harmoni Kimbrough. Not able to attend were Joselhyne Gonzalez and Jeanette Lopez.

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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.

Student Spotlight: Derek Davey, Oslo Middle School

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Oslo Middle School 8th grade student, Derek Davey, read a Proclamation at our 9/25 Business Meeting for Disability History and Awareness weeks to be recognized by the SDIRC the first two weeks in October. Job well done, Derek!

School Spotlight: Osceola Magnet School Explorer Ensemble

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Thank you to the Osceola Magnet Explorer Ensemble under the direction of Ms. Janine Jones. These 4th and 5th grade musicians entertained the crowd with “Celebration” and “Osceola” at our Board meeting on Tuesday 9/25.

Classroom Spotlight: Ms. Bachmann's Art Class at Fellsmere Elementary School

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Fellsmere Elementary celebrated its first International Peace Day on September 21st. Kindergarten and 1st grade students created Peace Posters, and grades 2, 3 and 4 made Pinwheels for Peace. The pinwheels were “planted” outside the front of the building. The idea is that the students write their wishes and hopes for peace in the world, community, homes and schools on one side of the pinwheel and draw pictures on the other. When the pinwheels are planted outside, the wind catches the wishes and spreads them throughout the world. A pinwheel is a childhood symbol – it reminds us of a time when things were simple, joyful, peaceful.

Students Receive Perfect Score on statewide standardized assessments

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These elementary and high school students were celebrated at our Board meeting on Tuesday 9/25 for achieving perfect scores on one or more of their statewide standardized assessments. We are looking forward to celebrating our middle school students who received perfect scores, and our students who made significant gains at our October Business meetings!

Vero BEach Elks Lodge #1774 donates dictionaries to SDIRC 3rd graders

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The Elks school dictionary tour is in progress! This week, the Elks and their mascot, Elroy the Elk, visited Citrus, Beachland, and Glendale Elementary Schools, giving each 3rd grade student a dictionary. These special dictionaries include an encyclopedia, multiplication tables, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, U.S. Presidents, the planets, sign language, Braille, and so much more! Thank you so much to the Vero Beach Elks for your partnership and support of our SDIRC students, teachers, and staff!

Jen Welter, First Female NFL Coach and SRHS ALUM Visits the sharks

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Jen Welter, an alumni of Sebastian River High School, will be at the Shark's game tonight 9/28 to crown the homecoming king and queen. Jennifer Welter is an American football player and coach who coached inside linebackers for the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals during their training camp and the 2015 preseason. The signing with the Arizona Cardinals made her the first female coach in the NFL.

United Way Casual for a Cause check presentation

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Our August Casual for a Cause organization was The United Way. The SDIRC was able to present The United Way with a check for $5,017 from their fundraising efforts for Casual for a Cause. The United Way pointed out that this was approximately $1,000 more than last year! Way to go, SDIRC students, teachers, and staff members, and thank you to The United Way for everything you do for our community!

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.

Support local schools, students, and teachers

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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

Click below to see our District's Strategic Plan

Follow Us!

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National Custodial Worker Recognition Day

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 8am

This is an online event.

Join us as we celebrate all of our hard working custodial staff members.

SDIRC Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 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, Oct. 9th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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