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 Mobile Cafe Fleet is back on the road!

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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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A+ Art Program

https://youtu.be/mhFHT12eyCQ
The A+ Art Program is, through the assistance of various donors, a collaboration between the School District of Indian River County and the Vero Beach Museum of Art. It is an after school program that caters to students on the autism spectrum who may not otherwise have an opportunity to express themselves artistically. The main purpose is to provide cognitive and social advancement opportunities that will enhance students' abilities to be successful once they graduate high school.

SRHS Student receives congressional medal of merit

SRHS Student, Omar Sanchez, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Merit for Outstanding Youth Leadership, presented to him by Congressman Bill Posey.
The Medal of Merit is designed to recognize, honor, and acknowledge outstanding students in our community who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship and academic excellence throughout their high school careers.
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Omar with his family, Congressman Bill Posey, and SDIRC Board Chairman, Laura Zorc

step into kindergarten has begun!

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Monday was the first day of the STEP into Kindergarten program, which takes place 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. Welcome to our district, future Kindergartners!

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!

SRMS Madrigal Singers prepare for 2020 Spring Tour

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The SRMS Madrigals recently returned from their 2019 Spring Competition Tour, and they are already preparing for their Spring Madrigal Tour in 2020, which will include stops in Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, where they will make their Dollywood Debut on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The Choir hopes community business and resident support will help them reach their goals. Tour Sponsorship Information will be available in the coming weeks.

Click below to see their story in Sebastian Daily

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.

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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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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Board Discussion Session

Tuesday, June 11th, 12-3pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Board Discussion Session.

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, June 11th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

Budget Workshop

Tuesday, June 25th, 10am-12pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, June 25th, 1-4pm

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, June 25th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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