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.

Have a safe and fun summer break! Students return on August 12, 2019!

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SDIRC Summer Food Program

https://youtu.be/MHmKTYMV6vE

Mobile Cafe Route

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South County Route

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Central County Route

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North County Route

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Summer Food Program School Sites and Meal Schedule

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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.

SDIRC Celebrates FSA and EOC Test Scores, School Grades, and District Grade

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Congratulations to our students, teachers, staff members, families, and community partners who have worked so hard, and to everyone who has dedicated their efforts to supporting our students! Our FSA and EOC scores are out, along with our school and district grades. Although our work is never finished, we are celebrating our students' gains!

vaccine information for incoming 7th grade students

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Lion's club freedom festival parade

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We had a 🚀 Blast at the Sebastian Lion's Club 4th of July Freedom Festival Parade. Board members and families enjoyed the Main Street journey with the amazing Learning Alliance Moonshot visionaries in celebration of Independence Day. The theme was "Avoid the Summer Slide... Read 1 Thing or 2, 3, 4, or 5 with Dr. Seuss."

SDIRC Physical Plant Employee Goes Above and Beyond

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We love to recognize our "behind the scenes" employees and their dedication to our District, and Tam Wilson is an excellent example! Tam Wilson, our Pesticide Applicator, resolved a potential safety hazard after-hours on Wednesday. Liberty Magnet's principal, Ms. Harris noticed that a tree had fallen in the roadway at the corner of 81st and 66th Ave; this is off of District property on the County easement. The call came in after all Physical Plant staff had left for the day, and County Road and Bridge offices were closed. Tam happened to be driving by and noticed the hazard, so he pulled to the side of the road and removed the tree off of the road with his tractor.
This is a great example of the dedicated staff we have in Physical Plant, many of who often go above and beyond to serve our community. Great work, Tam!

Indian River Mall School Supply Drive and Street Market

Please join us in partnership with the Indian River Mall as they collect supplies for the students of Indian River County. All supplies that are donated will be sorted by the Salvation Army and distributed to students and schools based on their need. Thank you for your help and consideration as we strive to equip all students for success in the 2019-2020 school year.
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You can also visit the Indian River Mall's Street Market to support local vendors and see a few of our schools! Rosewood, Beachland, Treasure Coast, Pelican Island, and Dodgertown Elementary, Treasure Coast Technical College, and our Student Services/Pre-K, Curriculum and Instruction, and IT Departments will be in attendance to share information and answer questions.
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Administration Building participates in active shooter training

The SDIRC J.A. Thompson Administration Building employees are participating in active shooter training today which includes an introduction to our new Rave app, which will be implemented on our campuses for teacher and employee use, and allow them to respond faster and communicate more effectively during emergencies. In partnership with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, our District office employees receive the same type of training as our teachers and staff members in our schools, in order to safely, sensitively, and efficiently run drills when our students are present.
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step into kindergarten

https://youtu.be/WKhOrljxGyw

STEP into Kindergarten is in action at Osceola and Liberty Magnet schools. STEP into Kindergarten promotes readiness for school success and a positive transition into Kindergarten.

Throughout the six-week summer transition enrichment program, students will make new friends, and become familiar with kindergarten skills, routines, and expectations. STEP into Kindergarten allows students to develop relationships with other children and teachers - many of whom they will meet again in August at their home school.

Children in STEP into Kindergarten are engaging in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities. For example, our teachers are using Classic Fairy Tales with hands-on STEAM and literacy activities that children love! As children read the stories, animate the puppets, answer questions and complete each STEAM challenge, they build critical language and literacy skills, boost creative expression, master early engineering concepts and much more! These STEAM activities are integrating multiple subject areas—including literacy, creative expression (art, music, and dramatic play) and social-emotional development.

The STEP into Kindergarten program prepares both students and families for Kindergarten success in our school district. Thank you, to the Education Foundation and all community partners for making the STEP into Kindergarten program possible, and welcome to our district, future Kindergartners!

Veteran of the Month: Nicole Haagenson

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Nicole Haagenson is an Air Force and Florida Air National Guard Veteran who served from 2001 to 2009. She is currently the Director of IT Enterprise Project Managment for Orchid Insurance, a small business headquartered in Vero Beach. Nicole has lived in Vero Beach since 2009 with her fiance Cari Haagenson, an Indian River County Firefighter, and their 5 children. Her oldest two, Kelsey and Alyssa, have finished their first year in college at the University of Alabama and Santa Fe college in Gainesville, respectively. Her younger children Rylee, Kaidin, and Piper attend Imagine of South Vero and will be going into 8th, 6th, and 2nd grades.

Nicole has a Bachelor's degree from the University of North Florida in Computer and Information Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Nicole has been an active member of the Veteran community, leading an effort to clean and repair Veteran grave sites in Indian River County. She is also on the Board and the Secretary for the Next Generation Veterans of Indian River County. These are Veterans who have served during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She is active in raising fund for the "Words from War" monument that will be built near Veterans Memorial Island in Vero Beach, which is a tribute to those that have served after August 4, 1990.

SAVE the date for the 4th annual RT Star's Back to School Party

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Dads Take You Child to School Day...SAVE THE DATE!

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We are pleased to announce that Wednesday, September 25, 2019, will be the annual statewide observance of Dads Take Your Child to School Day. This initiative highlights the significant positive impact that fathers, father figures, and male role models have when taking an active role in a child’s education.

We encourage all of our schools to participate by planning a unique and meaningful event for fathers and students. 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.

We will post more information regarding individual school events/schedules as the date approaches!

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.

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

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, July 23rd, 9am

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for the Budget Workshop.

Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, July 23rd, 12pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Superintendent's Workshop.

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, July 23rd, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

Budget Public Hearing

Tuesday, July 30th, 5-5:30pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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