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 to submit potential highlights.

No School Monday, September 3, 2018

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september is attendance awareness month!

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Attendance Awareness Proclamation

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September is Attendance Awareness month! To recognize the importance of attendance awareness, Alicia and Anthoney Stewart, students at SGMS, read a Proclamation at our Board meeting on Tuesday evening. Alicia and Anthoney have five years of PERFECT attendance! Congratulations to these two students, and thank you for being a part of a special initiative.

NEW VIDEO: Dodgertown Elementary School Tunnel of Hope
On Monday morning, Dodgertown Elementary School students were welcomed to school by a Tunnel of Hope. Members of the school district and the community came out to support the students at Dodgertown Elementary; encouraging them to not only have a wonderful week, but an amazing new school year!

dads take your child to school day

It's right around the corner..."Dads Take Your Child to School Day" is on September 26, 2018! Dads and other male role models are encouraged to take their children to school. SDIRC campuses will be welcoming you with special morning activities.
Dads Take Your Child to School Day 2018

September Casual for a Cause 9/14/18

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Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County

​The Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County (The Center), established in 1989, is focused on two initiatives – substance-abuse prevention and substance-abuse recovery. These two initiatives are the basis for the programs we offer. The Center is also the fiscal agent for, and lead agency of, the Substance Abuse-Free Indian River Coalition (SAFIR). Our LifeSkills® Training program has expanded to now include an after-school program for at-risk kids, at the SAC office and at the four middle schools.

The LifeSkills® Training program has been selected as an exemplary, research-based prevention program by: American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Drug Strategies, Inc., National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the White House Office of Drug Policy. It is an all year, three-year program for grades 6-8.

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A Letter from our LifeSkills Health Facilitator

Dear Parents and Students,

Proudly, I am the LifeSkills Health Facilitator for Sebastian River Middle School. I am pleased to offer you this introduction letter to our program. Botvin’s Lifeskills Training Program (LST) is a highly effective, evidence-based, substance abuse and violence prevention program taught to all three grade levels of middle school students in Indian River County. The LST program is taught to all three grade levels of middle school students in Indian River County; and the program is taught for a minimum of 16 weeks in grade six, 12 weeks in grade seven, and 5 weeks in grade eight.

The program is provided by the Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County through community dollars, state grants, and the support of the school district. The Center provides this training to the schools free of charge. We are committed to providing your children the skills necessary to be healthy and successful.

Following are the lessons taught:

· Self-Image and Self Improvement

· Making Decisions

· Smoking: Myths and Realities

· Smoking and Biofeedback

· Alcohol: Myths and Realities

· Marijuana: Myths and Realities

· Advertising

· Violence and the Media

· Coping with Anxiety

· Coping with Anger

· Communication Skills

· Social Skills

· Assertiveness

· Resolving Conflicts

These lessons offer a wonderful way for parents to ask their student what they learned in LifeSkills and to start a conversation about these very important topics.

Thank you so much,

Darleen Medeiros

SDIRC Hosts School District’s First ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid Training’

SDIRC Hosts School District’s First ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid Training’ for Parents and Community Members

Similar to ‘First Aid’ and CPR, ‘Mental Health First Aid’ teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises

WHO: Available to 30 parents and community members supporting the SDIRC; Limited seats available; Must register by contacting or visiting the YMHFA website at

WHAT: First-ever parent and community member training on mental health first aid in the School District of Indian River County

WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8:30am – 5:30pm

WHERE: Storm Grove Middle School

WHY: Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are shockingly common in the United States. In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year. The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals throughout the nation, including the School District of Indian River County, to provide Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare their communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit

VBHS Hosts Blood Drive

Check out that line of buses! On Friday, August 31st, VBHS hosted their first blood drive of the school year. Student volunteers waited outside of each bus while their classmates lined up in the gym ready to give back by donating their blood to those in need. Students received pizza, t-shirts, and gift cards for their efforts!
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School Spotlight: Vero Beach Elementary "Breakfast with the BEST!"

Photo contest deadline extended until september 7th

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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:

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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United Way Day of Caring

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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

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Special Meeting for Adoption of Final Budget Amendments, and Public Hearing on Adoption of 2018-2019 Budget and Millage Rate

Thursday, Sep. 6th, 5pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us 5:01p.m. in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. TEC.

Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, Sep. 11th, 1pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 11th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. TEC for our SDIRC Business Meeting.