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.

Remembering Logan Spencer

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It is with deep sadness that we said goodbye to one of our Sebastian River High School students, Logan Spencer #78, who was tragically taken from us last week. We send our heartfelt condolences to the the family, friends, and all those affected by Logan's death.

February 28th Was Digital LEarning Day in our district!

https://youtu.be/AMeNmsGXEfY

On Thursday, February 28th, teachers and students across Indian River County participated in Digital Learning Day, a nationwide celebration highlighting great teaching and demonstrating how technology can improve student outcomes. Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practices and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student achievement. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools. Digital Learning Day is not about just adding technology for the sake of using a computer, it’s about integrating technology into what you are already teaching. Our students were actively engaged in game-based learning activities, augmented reality, virtual reality, coding, robotics, and more. We even saw the seamless integration of technology into one of our music classrooms! The use of technology in teaching and learning is enhancing classroom instruction every day and providing a more engaging classroom experience here in Indian River County.

February 25th-March 1st is Student Services Week

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At the February 26th Board meeting, Sebastian River High School student, Datony Freeman, read a proclamation asking the Board to establish February 25th- March 1st, 2019, as Student Services Week in the School District of Indian River County. Highlighting the importance of this week provides an opportunity for school personnel to focus attention on the support services that are provided by school counselors, school nurses, school social workers, school psychologists, and career education staff. Student Services programs are an integral part of the total public education system. Along with individualized programs, the people who facilitate these programs are our student services professionals who work together to assist students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to master the academic standards and make well-reasoned and healthy lifelong decisions. An extensive and growing body of research demonstrates the value of providing supportive programs and services in order to increase student achievement. In turn, addressing the mental and physical health needs of students enhances school attendance, reduces behavior problems, and improves interpersonal skills. This enables students to learn and teachers to teach, and strengthens the bond between families and schools, thus maximizing student achievement.

Read Across America...Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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National Read Across America Day is an annual event that is part of Read Across America, an initiative on reading that was created by the National Education Association.

Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. However, because it falls on a weekend this year, we observed Read Across America Day, today. This day is a motivational and awareness day, calling all children and youth in every community across the United States to celebrate reading.

Dodgertown Elementary Celebrates "Read Across America" Day

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Mary Poppins at Vero Beach High School

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Over 80 Vero Beach High School (VBHS) students performed as actors, actresses, musicians, and crew members for the production of Mary Poppins the 15th through the 17th of February. Mary Poppins was played by VBHS student, Samantha Kmetz, and Bert was played by VBHS student Ricky Rivera. Mary Poppins, one of the most popular Disney movies of all times, is capturing hearts in a whole new way as a practically perfect musical! Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft.

Sebastian Elementary School Sea Turtles Perform at Board Meeting

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On February 26th, we welcomed the Sebastian Elementary School (SES) “Bucket Drummers” to our Board meeting. The Bucket Drummers consist of 5th grade students, and are under the direction of the SES music teacher, Kathryn Irwin. This is the first year that these students have been playing as a group, which started in September of 2018. To participate in this group, students must show interest, and maintain their membership by showing dedication, hard work, and being good citizens. Thank you for an exhilarating performance, Sea Turtles!

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.

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family literacy festival THIS weekend!

THIS weekend, Saturday March 2nd, is the Third Annual Moonshot Moment Family Literacy Festival! Join us at Dodgertown Elementary for live entertainment, pizza, fun activities, games, prizes, and a POETRY SLAM! Register at moonshotmoment.org for FREE tickets!
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Our Code of Student Conduct Advisory Team Needs You!

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step into kindergarten in our school district!

The School District of Indian River County invites your son or daughter to attend the STEP into Kindergarten: Summer Transition Enrichment Program. This FREE program promotes readiness for school success and a positive transition into kindergarten. Learn more at https://www.indianriverschools.org/departments/federal_programs/step_into_kindergarten
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Join us for our STEAM Fest

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VPK Registration Information

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The PreK Department is pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Application process has begun! Families can begin applying to be a part of the VPK lottery beginning Monday, January 14th and ending Friday, April 12th, 2019, at the PreK Office between 9AM-12PM & 2PM-5PM. Families are strongly encouraged to call the office prior to coming to be sure there is staff available to assist them (directions and maps can be found on our page at https://www.indianriverschools.org/map-directions).


VPK applications may also be turned in at Fellsmere Elementary School on March 4th, from 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. and Indian River Academy on March 6th, from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Families who may have questions about the lottery process can visit our VPK page on the District website (www.indianriverschools.org/vpk (click on the "How to Apply" tab).

Applications will NOT be accepted without a child’s Certificate of Eligibility, which is processed and approved through the Early Learning Coalition. The Early Learning Coalition Family Portal link can be found here ( https://familyservices.floridaearlylearning.com/) or on our “How to Apply” tab, as well.

Traditional Public School Choice Open Enrollment

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Open Enrollment


Elementary (Kindergarten) & Secondary (6th and 9th)

Open enrollment for Public School Choice will be from March 1 through April 15. A computer driven lottery will be conducted for all applicants received during the open enrollment dates. All applicants will receive a letter by April 30 informing them of their placement for the following fall semester. All accepted applicants will have 10 days to enroll at their accepted school. If applicants do not register by the 10th day, their spot will be given to the next applicant on the waiting list.


Elementary (1st – 5th) & Secondary (7th - 8th) (10th – 12th)

Applications can be submitted at any time though out the year and will be placed on the waiting list by the date the application was received. Student Assignment will monitor openings at the schools every first Wednesday of the month. If there are opening, we will call the next student on the waiting list for the seat.

All Public School of Choice placements are accepted in accordance with program capacity, class size and racial balance. Preferential treatment is considered for the following:

  • Dependent children of active duty military personnel whose move resulted from military orders.
  • Children who have been relocated due to a foster care placement in a different school zone.
  • Children who move due to a court-ordered change in custody due to separation or divorce, or serious illness or death of a custodial parent.
  • Students residing in Indian River County school district.

All applications that are received after the open enrollment date will be placed on the waiting list by the date that the application has been received.

**All students who are accepted through public school choice may remain at the school chosen by the parent until the student completes the highest grade level at the school.**


Application Procedures


In-County parents have the option of requesting that their child(ren) attend a school outside their zoned school by completing the Public School Choice Application.

Out-of-County parents have the option of requesting that their child(ren) attend a school in Indian River County. Preference for Public School Choice is given for in-county residents, active military, foster care students and to students that have a court ordered change of address, before offering seats to out-of-county residents (Florida Statute 1002.31).


For more information, visit: https://www.indianriverschools.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=2649383


Interscholastic & Intrascholastic Extracurricular Activities

Students who wish to play a sport at a school that is not their zoned school will need to complete the Public School Choice Application with the Student Assignment Office.

All Public School of Choice placements are accepted in accordance with program capacity, class size and racial balance.

A student may not participate in a sport if the student participated in that same sport at another school during that school year, unless the student meets one of the following:

  • Dependent children of active duty military personnel whose move resulted from military orders.
  • Children who have been relocated due to a foster care placement in a different school zone.
  • Children who move due to a court-ordered change in custody due to separation or divorce, or serious illness or death of a custodial parent.
  • Students residing in Indian River County School District.

Magnet School registration

Acceptance and Non-Acceptance letters were mailed out on 2/15. Families have until March 8th to enroll their student(s) once they are accepted to a Magnet School.

Magnet School applications are still being accepted; however, they will not be placed in the lottery.

Students who turned in applications by February 1st, and were not accepted through the lottery, will be placed on a wait list by their lottery number. Any applications submitted after Feb. 1st, will be placed behind those not accepted in lottery, by date and time submitted.


For families submitting late applications:

Families may indicate only ONE choice of a magnet school. The three magnet schools in Indian River County are Osceola Magnet, with a math and science focus; Rosewood Magnet, with a Core-Knowledge curriculum; and Liberty Magnet, with an international studies focus. Families who apply for their student to attend a magnet school must agree to follow the requirements of the Magnet School Commitments. Applications can be picked up at the School District office at 6500 57th Street or any of the magnet schools.

Veteran of the Month: Jason M. Patzer

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Jason M. Patzer, served 4.5 years active duty with USMC as an E-4 Non-Commissioned Officer and was honorably discharged. He is one of the founding members of the Next Generation Veterans, Inc. Jason is the Wolf Den leader for Cub Scout Pack 530, organizer of a youth to veteran pen-pal program, and member and volunteer of the Vero Beach Veterans Social Club. Jason is currently the owner of a multi-inspection home company, “First and Goal Home Inspections,” that has been proudly serving IRC for over 5 years. Jason is married to Marcie Patzer, and has 2 sons, Nathan, who graduated from VBHS and is a Marine Corps “Poolie,” and Hunter who attends Citrus Elementary and is a student in the Autism Spectrum Program.

March's Casual for a Cause

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March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We believe that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. We are changing that.

For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now we’re building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background or demographics. We support moms throughout their pregnancy, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan. We advocate for policies that prioritize their health. We support radical improvements to the care they receive. And we pioneer research to find solutions to the biggest health threats to moms and babies.

What began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's personal struggle with polio led to the creation of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, better known as March of Dimes. We pioneered the vaccine research leading to the eradication of polio in the U.S., and then we shifted focus to address some of the biggest health threats to moms and babies with innovations like folic acid, newborn screening and surfactant therapy.

Today, we educate medical professionals and the public about best practices; we support lifesaving research; we provided comfort and support to families in NICUs; and we advocate for those who need us most, moms and babies. We are stronger and more committed than ever to guiding moms through every stage of the pregnancy journey. We are fighting for the smallest among us and advocating for their health each and every day. And we do so with the tools, technology, and knowledge needed to build a brighter future for us all. For more information visit https://www.marchofdimes.org/

ESE Parent Survey

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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

Follow Us!

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Positive Climate and Discipline Advisory Team (PCDAT) Meeting

Thursday, March 7th, 5-7pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us for the PCDAT meeting in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. TEC at the District Office, as we discuss updates and revisions to the 2019-2020 Code of Student Conduct, which includes the dress code.

Board Discussion Session

Tuesday, March 12th, 12-4pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Please join us in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for our Board discussion session.

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, March 12th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, March 26th, 1-4pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, March 26th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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