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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 email@example.com to submit potential highlights.
Dr. Nikki Mosblech named State Teacher of the Year Finalist!
May 5-11th is Teacher Appreciation Week
How Will You #ThankATeacher?
Storm Grove Middle School
SGMS teachers received a new team shirt, and they are showing everyone that they are "Storm Grove, ALL IN!"
Treasure Coast Elementary
TCE teachers played "Lets Make a Deal" to win prizes for themselves and their classrooms.
Treasure Coast Technical College
TCTC teachers celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week with a dessert bar!
Storm Grove Middle School
Treasure Coast Elementary
Our Transportation Professionals were "treated" this week as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.
Dr. Rendell's Teacher Appreciation Week "Gratitude Tour"
SDIRC Designates May 6-10 as "Teacher Appreciation Week."
Ryan, his wife, Lila, Board members, and Dr. Rendell
Mr. Ryan Sandgren, teacher at Citrus Elementary School, read our "Teacher Appreciation Week" proclamation at our April 23rd Board meeting, asking the Board to recognize May 6th-10th as Teacher Appreciation Week. Teacher Appreciation Week is a week-long celebration in recognition of teachers and the contributions they make to education and society. It is held in the first full week in May of every year and provides an opportunity for students, their parents, and school principals to show their appreciation for the hard work teachers do and the long hours many of them put in. As the summer approaches, please remember that this doesn’t necessarily mean that teachers are taking a vacation. Keep in mind that summer is really a time that many teachers teach summer school, attend professional development trainings, complete courses for special endorsements, and set up their classrooms to create an atmosphere that would meet the decorating standards of Disney World. A teacher’s work is never finished.
VBE Young Athletes Program
The VBE Pre-K participated in the Young Athletes program! The Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing. It offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.
SRHS Dance Inclusion Show
SRMS Madrigal Singers Tour South Florida: Tour Journal
Journal 1: Madrigals on the Road!
Journal 2: University of Miami
SRMS Madrigals participated in a college student for a day experience; completing a tour and choir master class at the University of Miami.
Madrigals participate in a college level vocal clinic
Madrigals tour the University of Miami campus.
Madrigals take a lunch break on the University of Miami campus.
Journal 3: Coconut Grove
SRMS Madrigals visit the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami after their College Experience Day!
Journal 4: Music In the Parks Festival hosted by Busch Gardens
Last Saturday, SRMS Madrigals participated in a Music In the Parks Festival hosted by Busch Gardens. Over a dozen choirs, bands and orchestras from across the South participated in this competition. For the 4th straight year, SRMS Madrigals received a Superior Rating, 1st place in the middle school choir category, and 1st place in choir overall!
VBHS Certified Nursing Assistant Pinning Ceremony
On May 8, 2019, the VBHS Nursing program pinned 50 new CNAs at their annual pinning ceremony. These students have completed 3 years in the nursing program and passed the certified nursing assistant state exam. Congratulations to all of the new CNAs!!
During the VBHS Nursing program CNA pinning ceremony, five students received a scholarship in memory of Matthew Schommer, presented by Jeff Gover. The scholarship is to help students continue their career path in the nursing field. Congratulations to our nursing students!
Matthew Schommer Scholarship Recepients
Graduation will be live-streamed on the SDIRC YouTube channel. On the day of each graduation, navigate to the SDIRC YouTube page, and the live-stream will appear on the main page once we go live; approximately 20 minutes before graduation begins.
May's Casual for a Cause
May is ALS Awareness Month
What is ALS?
ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
Veteran of the Month: Bruce Cady
Bruce Cady served in the United States Marine Corps from 1992 to 2001, leaving as a Captain.
Bruce and his wife, Leah, have lived in Vero Beach nearly two decades. Bruce and Leah have three children who attended school in Indian River County. Harrison, 25, graduated from University of Florida and is now on active duty in the U.S. Navy. Erin, 22, will graduate from University of Central Florida next year, with a degree in elementary education. Spencer, 19, is finishing his AA at IRSC and will transfer to UF in the fall to study microbiology.
Bruce has been an active member of the veteran community in our county for many years. He is a founding member of the Next Generation Veterans organization, and is leading the effort to create an Iraq & Afghanistan War Memorial at Riverside Park. Bruce and his fellow Next Generation Veterans led the effort to put blue tarps on over 38 roofs in the aftermath of Hurricane IRMA.
He and two Next Generation Veterans have organized and maintain a weekly physical conditioning program to help young people in IRC who do not meet the minimal fitness requirements to join our armed forces. So far, they have helped 12 young men and women meet their goal of serving our country.
Introducing our NEW SDIRC Mobile App!
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
Code of Conduct Public Meeting May 14th
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
At the District School Board business meeting held April 9, 2019, the District School Board voted to hold a public hearing to consider revisions as follows:
Policy: 5500 Student Conduct: Code of Student Conduct, Student/Parent Handbook
Purpose: Revisions comply with changes in State and Federal Legislative action during the 2018 Legislative Session, as well as current practice, and are in compliance with School Board Policy 5500 and under Chapter 120 F.S.
Action Initiated by: District School Board
Action Approved by: Mark J. Rendell, Superintendent of Schools
Estimated Economic Impact: None
Implemented: 1006.07, 1006.13 F.S., Chapter 120 F.S.
The public hearing will be held during the District School Board business meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the J.A. Thompson Administrative Center, 6500 57th St., Vero Beach, Florida, in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center. The last date for filing a written objection is April 30, 2019. A copy of the proposed changes is available for review in the office of the School Board Members and in the document container below.
ESE Parent Survey
STEP Into Kindergarten
fortifyFL security app
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!
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!
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/
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School District of Indian River County's Strategic Plan
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