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.

Daisy Rios named State Finalist for School-Related Employee of the Year!

https://youtu.be/a4CGxy-dB4o

One week after being notified by the Florida Department of Education that our district had a State Finalist for Teacher of the Year, we were informed that we also had a State Finalist for the 2019 School-Related Employee of the Year! The School District of Indian River County (SDIRC) is excited to announce that Mrs. Daisy Rios, Secretary at Fellsmere Elementary School, has been selected out of 71 district-level candidates throughout Florida, as one of the top five State Finalists for the 2019 School-Related Employee of the Year. This morning, District staff, students, teachers, and administration at Fellsmere Elementary School surprised Mrs. Rios on the hardcourt with cheers and excitement from hundreds of excited supporters.
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Graduation will be live-streamed on the SDIRC YouTube channel. On the day of each graduation, navigate to the SDIRC YouTube page, and the live-stream will appear on the main page once we go live; approximately 20 minutes before graduation begins.

Grad Walks

This past week, graduating seniors visited their elementary schools. This was such an exciting time for these graduates as they reflected on their past, and an inspiring time for our elementary school students who aspire to one day walk in their shoes!

Check out Citrus Elementary's 'Grad Walk' in TC Palm

Fellsmere Elementary

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Treasure Coast Elementary

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Liberty Magnet School

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Beachland Elementary

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Vero Beach Elementary

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Sebastian Elementary

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Pelican Island Elementary

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Rosewood Magnet

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Glendale Elementary

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Dodgertown Elementary

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Indian River Academy

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May is Mental Health Month

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May was designated as Mental Health Month to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. At our Board meeting on May 14th, Dr. Sharon Packard, Mental Health Coordinator for our District, spoke about the importance of mental health awareness, and recognized our mental health partners in the community who are making a difference in the lives of our students. Anna Birnholz, student at VBHS, read our Mental Health Month proclamation, and shared her personal story and efforts being taken at our schools to focus on mental health.
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Wabasso's Special Olympics Athletes in the News!

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Click Below to see their story on WPTV...

SRHS Dance Inclusion Show

The Sebastian River High School ESE Inclusion Dance Program consists of special needs students working with their regular education peers. The class meets daily during 6th period to learn the choreography for the routines. These routines are then rehearsed to prepare for the end of semester productions. The show on May 10th was a crowd-pleaser, as usual! Congratulations to all of the students and teachers involved in the Dance Inclusion Show, and the hard work and dedication that they put into the program each year.

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Osceola MAgnet 2nd grade Student wins Applebee's Essay Contest!

Congratulations to Juliyana Harris and her class!

Ms. Osowski's 2nd graders at Osceola Magnet entered individual essays using the writing topic, "Why does your teacher deserve to be Applebee's teacher of the year?" into the Applebee's "Above & Beeyond" essay contest, and one of her students, Juliyana Harris, won! The entire class was treated to an end of the year party and behind-the-scenes restaurant tour, at Applebee's in Vero Beach. Congratulations, to Juliyana and the entire class!
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Student Mentors Make a difference at beachland elementary!

Under the direction of Carrie Adams, VBHS Language Arts teacher, and Jennifer Gabbard, Beachland Elementary Reading Coach, thirteen Beachland first graders had the opportunity to practice their reading this year with a VBHS student. The student mentors started coming at the end of September, every Tuesday afternoon for thirty minutes. These dedicated high school mentors helped the first graders with their overall reading skills; practicing their high-frequency words, oral reading, and reading comprehension. The first graders and their mentors celebrated in April, during their last session, with games, cupcakes, and goodie bags. Thank you, to these students for serving as positive role-models!

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Honoring our 2019 SDIRC Retirees

On Wednesday, May 15th, we honored our 2019 SDIRC retirees at a reception at the District office. Each retiree was given a pen engraved with their name, and had the opportunity to share their memories and plans for retirement. We wish everyone all the best for a relaxing and enjoyable retirement! Thank you, for your years of service and dedication to our students and the entire district.
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In recognition of Autism Awareness month, our Casual for a Cause organization for the month of April was Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.


In the Month of May, our teachers, students, and staff members raised $3,256.90 for

Autism Speaks.

A new friend joins students at Citrus Elementary

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Mrs. Henderson is an ASD teacher at Citrus Elementary who has a new pup that will be serving the students at Citrus. January is a "facility dog" who knows over 40 commands and is specially trained to provide support to students to help them succeed academically and improve communication and social skills. Mrs. Henderson applied to Canine Companions for Independence over two years ago in order to receive a facility dog. January was raised by a volunteer for the first two years of her life where she learned basic commands. When January turned two, she received 6-9 months of formal training, and when she was ready to be adopted into her permanent home, Mrs. Henderson spent two weeks at “team training” bonding and learning all of the things that January can do. The students at Citrus Elementary are already "buzzing" with excitement over their new friend. Welcome to the hive, January!

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Join us on June 1st at VBHS for FREE, NEW BOOKS!

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Casual for a Cause April Donation

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"Autism Speaks"

In recognition of Autism Awareness month, our Casual for a Cause organization for the month of April was Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. In the Month of May, the teachers, students, and staff members raised $3,256.90 for Autism Speaks.

May's Casual for a Cause

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May is ALS Awareness Month

The ALS Association is an American nonprofit organization that raises money for research and patient services, promotes awareness about and advocates in state and federal government on issues related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

What is ALS?



ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

Veteran of the Month: Rev. Dave Newhart

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Reverand Dave Newhart currently serves as Chaplain on the Board of Directors for the Veterans Council of Indian River County (VCIRC). He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and grew up in a military family. His father retired after 20 years in the Air Force and was awarded the Distinguished 'Flying Cross' while flying missions in Viet Nam, his sister served 7 years in the Navy, and his son served in the Army.

After graduating from high school and attending one year at the University of New Mexico, he joined the Air Force in January 1975. Father Dave served during the Cold War Era with assignments at Eglin AFB Florida with the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AFB, Germany, with the 52nd Tactical Fighter Wing, and with the 59th Aircraft Generation Squadron at Luke AFB, Arizona. His specialty was working on F-4 D, E’s and F-15’s.

Following his time in the military, he attended Arizona State University and received a BS in Ag-Industry with an emphasis in Food Service. Upon graduation, and two years of post-graduate studies, he worked 18 years in the food industry as Quality Manager for a food distribution company until 2002, when he entered the seminary.

As an Episcopal priest he served in Boerne, Texas, and is currently serving at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, in Sebastian.

Fr. Dave has served as Chaplain for the past three years on the Veterans Council, and his passion is meeting the needs that help and serve all our veterans who actively served their country. He promotes veteran activities in his community and reaches out to others to make them aware the of special needs of our veterans. He is a member of American Legion 189 and American Legion 189 Riders.

2019 Summer VPK Enrollment Information

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Introducing our NEW SDIRC Mobile App!

https://youtu.be/H8XmaytaMFg

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.

ESE Parent Survey

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STEP Into Kindergarten

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The School District of Indian River County invites your son or daughter to attend the STEP into Kindergarten: Summer Transition Enrichment Program. This FREE program promotes readiness for school success and a positive transition into kindergarten. Learn more at https://www.indianriverschools.org/departments/federal_programs/step_into_kindergarten

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 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.

support education with a fresh, new look!

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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/

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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Budget Workshop

Tuesday, May 28th, 10am

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Please join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Budget Workshop.

Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, May 28th, 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, May 28th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

Pending Litigation Closed Session

Tuesday, May 28th, 4:30pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

This meeting will be a closed session for Board members only.