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 contact Public Information Officer, Cristen McMillan, at to submit potential highlights.

District News

SDIRC Business Partners Honored at CBRA Luncheon

Dr Rendell, Kevin Rollin, Michelle Napier, Deborah Blair, and Pam Stewart

Dr. Rendell, Kevin Rollin, Michelle Napier (Napier & Rollin), Deborah Blair (Community Credit Union), and Pam Stewart

The 2018 Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards (CBRA), presented by Wells Fargo, were held on June 13, 2018, at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel in Tampa, Florida. SDIRC business partners, Community Credit Union, and Napier & Rollin, Attorneys at Law, were nominated to be honored at the luncheon for their dedication and service to our school district. Click below for press release.

FLDOE Releases school and district grades

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"Indian River County, a B-rated district, posted seven A-rated schools, up from five in 2016-17. The district earned 655 points, a 32-point improvement from last year and the 27th spot statewide." -TC Palm

21st century camps are a summer of fun!

Florida's 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is a key component of the "No Child Left Behind Act" and is an opportunity for students and their families to continue to learn new skills and discover new abilities after the school day has ended, as well as throughout the summer at Pelican Island Elementary. The summer program at Pelican Island Elementary is a seven week program that also includes weekly field trips and community guest presentations.

The focus of this program is to provide expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children attending Title 1 or Title 1 eligible schools. The 21st CCLC grant is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Humane Society of Vero Beach Presentation

21st Century Camp at Pelican Island Elementary received a special visit from the Humane Society of Vero Beach. The Humane Society brought a special friend, Gabriel the Golden Retriever, with them to help teach students about animal safety. The students learned important lessons like how to approach and handle a dog to ensure a safe and fun interaction!

Sebastian Police Department Presentations

The mission of the C.O.P.E. Unit is to be the catalyst in forming partnerships that bind the community and the Sebastian Police Department together with common cause. The C.O.P.E. Unit provided 21st Century with three presentations: car show and tell, crime scene unit, and partnership building opportunities.

Vero Beach Elementary Moonshot academy Beach Clean up

Over 40 Moonshot Academy students and their families took to the shore today to clean up South Beach as a culminating activity for their summer research and learning. What an incredible way to spread their love into the community. Thank you, Little Indians!
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New Principals Approved at June Business Meeting

Congratulations to Dariyall Brown, new Principal at Sebastian River High School (SRHS), and Todd Racine, new Principal at Sebastian River Middle School (SRMS). Both Dariyall and Todd were recognized and approved at the Business Meeting on June 26, 2018 in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center.

Todd Racine, stated, "I am extremely thrilled and honored to return to SRMS where I have previously served as a teacher and principal. Sebastian River Middle has a rich tradition of outstanding teachers, talented students, and strong family and community involvement. I look forward to collaborating with staff, students, parents, and community members to strengthen our delivery of instruction model that encompasses all stakeholders and ultimately leads to success for all students at SRMS."

Dariyall Brown, said, "I am extremely excited and humbled to be the next principal at SRHS. As a team, we will guide SRHS to be one of the best schools in the state of Florida. I am beyond confident in our ability to meet the challenge toward greatness."

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Dariyall Brown (center), new Principal at Sebastian River High School

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Todd Racine, new Principal at Sebastian River Middle School

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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

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SDIRC Job Fair

Wednesday, July 11th, 10am-1pm

6500 57th Street, Vero Beach, FL

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National Summer Learning Day

Thursday, July 12th, 5:30pm

The Learning Alliance will be hosting activities beginning at 5:30pm at the following locations:

  • Sebastian Boys and Girls Club: Moonshot Family Pajama Pizza Party
  • Fellsmere Elementary: Moonshot Family Pajama Pizza Party
  • The Heritage Center Moonshot Family Pajama Pizza Party

Arts and crafts will be tied to social emotional learning, with a focus on “feelings.”

INSIDE OUT - Movie begins at 6:30 pm

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