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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At our October 8th Business Meeting, Substance Abuse Free Indian River (SAFIR) and the Substance Awareness Council (SAC) shared information with the audience regarding substance abuse prevention and awareness for students, parents, and community members, highlighting the e-cigarette epidemic. After an enlightening presentation, Josue Gutierrez, senior at VBHS and President of SAFIR Youth Coalition, read a proclamation declaring October 2019 as Substance Abuse Awareness Month in the School District of Indian River County. The proclamation was passed unanimously. Following the presentation, SDIRC Board Chairman, Laura Zorc, presented a resolution targeting e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) products and following a unanmous vote by the Board, we became the first school district in Florida to pass a resolution of this type.

SDIRC e-Cigarette Resolution in the news

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Josue Gutierrez, with members of the SDIRC Board, SAFIR, and SAC

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

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Glendale Elementary School

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Storm Grove Middle School

Treasure Coast Elementary School

Vero Beach Elementary School

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September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month

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Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Influential Hispanic Americans

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Dads Take Your Child to School Day was a success!

Dads Take your Child To School Day 2019
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We are so proud of our dads and male role models for their participation in Dads Take Your Child to School Day ont Wednesday, September 25. Our schools welcomed HUNDREDS of dads and male role models to special breakfasts and activities throughout the morning, highlighting the significant positive impact that fathers, father figures, and male role models have when taking an active role in a child’s education. 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.

Dodgertown Elementary Student wins SNAG Gold Tournament!

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Jahnisce Parks, celebrating her victory!

On Saturday, October 12th, the LPGA/USGA and The Indian River Golf Foundation held a girls "Golf Skills Challenge Extravaganza," at Meadowood Golf Club. Jahnisce Parks, 4th grade student at Dodgertown Elementary, participated in the SNAG golf challenge and won 1st PLACE for her total point accumulation in the challenge! In addition to golf challenges, the event also included pumpkin decorating, golf ball decorating, snacks, and prizes. Jahnisce is part of the Dodgertown SNAG golf team, and this was a great debut for her in the game of golf. Congratulations, Jahnisce!

Join our 2020-2021 Instructional calendar committee!

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hurricane dorian makeup days

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Out of the three days that were missed due to Hurricane Dorian, the Governor waived one day, and, as pre-determined "emergency days" on our SDIRC instructional calendar, the Board voted to use November 25th and November 26th as Hurricane Dorian make-up days.
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united way day of caring

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Dodgertown Elementary

Gifford Middle School

Beachland Elementary School

Citrus Bowl Family Snack Kits

Liberty Magnet School

Storm Grove Middle School

Citrus Elementary School

Pelican Island Elementary

Vero Beach Elementary

Sebastian River Middle School

Treasure Coast Elementary

Congrats to our VBHS National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

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Congratulations, to VBHS’s National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, Anika Heuberger, Jade Butler, Ryan Baudo, pictured with VBHS Principal, Shawn O’Keefe. These students were the only three students in Indian River County to qualify!

Madelene McCain recognized for outstanding performance on National Merit Scholarship qualifying test

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Principal O’Keefe presented Madelene McCain with a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program. Madelene was recognized for outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Congratulations, Madeline!

Sarah Simmons receives Award of Excellence and state Recognition

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Principal O’Keefe presented Sarah Simmons with an Award of Excellence after Sarah was recognized by the Congress of Future Medical Leaders; she represented the State of Florida at their annual Congress held in Boston. Congratulations, Sarah!

Oslo Middle School Jazzcats Perform at Board meeting

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Thank you to the Oslo Middle School Jazzcats for performing at our Business meeting on 10/8 under the direction of Ms. Michelle HAstings. These talented 7th and 8th grade musicians performed "Bad Romance," and "Blues by Five."

Third Graders at Dodgertown Elementary celebrate success!

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❤️💙⚾️❤️💙 Congratulations to the 3rd grade students at Dodgertown Elementary who were proficient on their ELA unit assessment! They celebrated with a Rootbeer Float Party! ❤️💙⚾️❤️

a day in the life of the indian river lagoon

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Last Thursday, several of our students, elementary through high school, participated in the second annual, "A Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon." Students, environmental experts, and teachers simultaneously collected scientific data at various sites along the 156 mile stretch of the lagoon. Students participated in different hands on learning experiences and data collection, including, water sampling, saning, measuring wind speed, benthos studies, and more. A special thank you to SEA a Difference Environmental Services, and the Education Foundation of Indian River County for making this program possible for our students.
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County Commission recognizes October as Manufacturing Month and recognizes TCTC

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Christi Shields, Principal of Treasure Coast Technical College, and Kristine Burr, Career and Technical Education Specialist, attended the County Commission meeting on Tuesday, October 1st, where a proclamation was read and approved recognizing October as Manufacturing Month. Mrs. Shields and Ms. Burr were invited to be in attendance after hosting and helping to launch the Manufacturing Boot Camp in May.

Manufacturing Boot Camp took place for a week in May, exposing recent high school graduates to careers in Manufacturing. Participants toured two manufacturers a day, learned soft skills through Florida Ready to Work, and participated in a speed interviewing round at the end of the week with various manufacturing companies.

Veteran of the Month: Dillon Roberts

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Dillon is a longtime resident of Vero Beach, and comes from a long-line of service members in his family. . He and his wife, Sara Beth, have two sons, and their passion is being outdoors and fishing. Dillon enlisted in the Army following 9/11, and went to basic training at Fort Benning, GA after finishing his MBA. He attended Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, where he graduated with distinction. Dillon was commissioned as an Armor Officer in November 2003, and attended training in Fort Know, KY. As the platoon leader of 2nd Platoon, Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, they trained for a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He was given the opportunity to attend the US Army’s Ranger School, which he completed in November 2005, graduating with honors, and went on to earn his parachutist badge in November 2006. Still assigned to the same platoon, Dillon was honored to lead them into combat in support of operations in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan in 2006/07, and most importantly of all, return all his troopers home safely. Dillon separated from the Army in 2007 and used the Post-9-/11 GI Bill to attend the University of Florida for law school and where he also obtained my masters of laws in taxation. Dillon works at Gould Cooksey Fennell in their estate planning and tax group and just this year earned his board certification in tax, one of three attorneys in the state of Florida to do so.

TCTC 'Tour or Treat'

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SDIRC Student Assignment office has relocated!

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SDIRC Back to School Safety Message

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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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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.
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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

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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Impasse Hearing

Monday, Oct. 14th, 5-9pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us at 5:01 p.m. in the Joe. N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for the Impasse Hearing.

Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 1-4pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us at 1:00 p.m. in the Joe. N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for the Superintendent's Workshop.

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us at 6:00 p.m. in the Joe. N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our SDIRC Business Meeting.

Instructional Calendar Committee Info Session

Wednesday, Oct. 30th, 5-6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our first meeting to assemble the 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar Committee. We need YOU to be a part of the process to develop the 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar. Now is the opportunity for your voice and opinion to be heard!

October is Substance Abuse Awareness Month