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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 email@example.com to submit potential highlights.
Daisy Rios named State Finalist for School-Related Employee of the Year!
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.
Check out Citrus Elementary's 'Grad Walk' in TC Palm
Treasure Coast Elementary
Liberty Magnet School
Vero Beach Elementary
Pelican Island Elementary
Indian River Academy
May is Mental Health Month
Wabasso's Special Olympics Athletes in the News!
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.
Osceola MAgnet 2nd grade Student wins Applebee's Essay Contest!
Congratulations to Juliyana Harris and her class!
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!
Honoring our 2019 SDIRC Retirees
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
A new friend joins students at Citrus Elementary
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!
Join us on June 1st at VBHS for FREE, NEW BOOKS!
Casual for a Cause April Donation
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
May is ALS Awareness Month
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
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
Introducing our NEW SDIRC Mobile App!
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
ESE Parent Survey
STEP Into Kindergarten
fortifyFL security app
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!
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!
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
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School District of Indian River County's Strategic Plan
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