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.

April is Autism Awareness Month

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April's Casual for a Cause

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Our Mission

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

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hunter patzer lights up the board room BLUE for autism awareness

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April is Autism Awareness month, and as a District, we are using this month as an opportunity to recognize the contributions of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders; shining a light on the importance of understanding and responding to those with autism, and encouraging all of our students to participate in activities and discussions to aid in the understanding of their peers, and others with Autism. At our April 9th Business Meeting, following a proclamation asking the Board to designate April 2019 as Autism Awareness month, Hunter Patzer, student at Citrus Elementary School, and his family, lit up our Board Room BLUE in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

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Join our district as we #CELEBRATEDIFFERENCES for Autism Awareness Month

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Mrs. McKenna's class at Wabasso School works with staff from Home Depot for on an awesome hands-on learning experience with real tools. The students also practice following step-by-step directions to design and construct different items. #CELEBRATEDIFFERENCES
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Join us for the 3rd Annual Citrus Elementary Autism Awareness Walkathon

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2019 superintendent's art gallery

Art Gallery "Best in Show" and "Superintendent's Choice" Awards

Congrats to our "Best in Show" and "Superintendent's Choice" winners from the Superintendent's Art Gallery, last night! Best in Show, Primary: Emily Brown, Osceola Magnet; Best in Show, Secondary: Briony Weragoda, Sebastian River Middle School; Superintendent's Choice: Levi Albini, Dodgertown Elementary.

April is School Library Month

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students read proclamation for school library month

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School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. At our Board meeting on April 9th, Nancy Wishart, media specialist at Citrus Elementary, Chloe Offutt and Madison Stanton, 8th grade students from Oslo Middle School, and Ethan Christensen, 5th grade student at Citrus Elementary read a proclamation asking the Board to recognize April 2019 as School Library Month in our district.

VBHS Student wins amazon future engineer scholarship

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Congratulations to VBHS student Sean Duffy Zatz, who was selected as a winner of the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship. One-hundred high school seniors from 32 states across the country will receive the first-ever Amazon Future Engineer scholarship of $10,000 per year over four years to study computer science at a college of their choice. The scholarship winners will also receive a guaranteed paid internship offer at Amazon after their freshman year of college to gain work experience. Recipients were chosen for their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, work experience, future goals, and diversity.

Frankens Energy Group Recognizes Dodgertown Elementary Students in a special way

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For the second year, Alain Castro from Frankens Energy, awarded "9" Dodgertown Elementary students (and teachers!) tickets to the Jackie Robinson game on Monday, April 15th. These students were chosen for demonstrating Jackie's 9 Principles- citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence, and teamwork. Dodgertown Elementary students, teachers, and staff members will be gathering on the field to throw out the FIRST pitch of the game! Thank you, to the entire Frankens Energy group, for your continued support, and for allowing our students to participate in this special event!

All County Music Festival

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Congratulations, to our talented students and teachers who performed in the All County Music Festival on April 11th, at Gifford Middle School. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this event incredible!

SGMS Jazz Band "Wows" Crowd at Board MEeting

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Thank you to the Storm Grove Middle School Jazz Band, who performed at our April 9th Board meeting, under the direction of Mr. Sean Srigley. The SGMS Jazz Band performed "It's Only a Paper Moon," and "Boom Boom." All of these students were part of the 8th grade Symphonic Band who recently received Straight Superior Ratings at the District Music Performance Assessment (MPA). The SGMS Symphonic Band was one of only four bands out of 33 bands who received Straight Superior ratings at the MPA's.

Veteran of the Month: Bruce Cady

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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. Their three Children benefited from the excellent education they received in Indian River. 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 veterans 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 servicing our country.


All proceeds go directly toward the SRHS Automotive Program.

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VBHS Military and Law Enforcement Baseball Game

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"A Plastic Ocean" Screening at VBHS

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The documentary, A Plastic Ocean, was released recently to raise awareness about the issue of single-use plastics and the environmental impacts of plastic pollution around the world. This is particularly important here, as recently published data revealed that microplastics (minute pieces of plastic) levels in shellfish from the Indian River Lagoon were higher than any other shellfish sampled around the world. Living along the coast, we have a responsibility to prevent plastics from entering the aquatic ecosystems. So the VBHS Green Team & a local non-profit, SEA a Difference Environmental Services, are co-sponsoring this event to raise awareness in the local community about the impacts of plastic pollution. The students have been collecting plastic debris from beach cleanups all year long, and are transforming them into artworks to demonstrate the connection between plastic pollution and aquatic organisms. The screening is on April 19th at the VBHS Performing Arts Center and is free and open to the public; doors open at 6 pm.

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:

Download for Android at:

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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.

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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.

Please take our parent survey!

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We want to hear from our parents! Each year the School District surveys our parents and uses the data to make improvements in our schools. The Parent Survey for this year opened on March 25th. Parents may complete the survey online or fill out a paper copy at your child’s school. To complete the online survey, log into the Focus Parent Portal and click the link to the Parent Survey. You will not be required to log into the survey as the feedback is collected anonymously. If you do not have a Focus parent account, please contact your child’s school for assistance.

Your feedback is very important to us and we appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey.

ESE Parent Survey

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STEP Into Kindergarten

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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

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 applications 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 throughout 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 openings, 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:

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

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.

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 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 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:

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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Special District School Board Business Meeting

Tuesday, April 16th, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

Join us in the Joe. N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center for the Special District School Board Business Meeting.

Budget Workshop

Tuesday, April 23rd, 10am

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, April 23rd, 12-4pm

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, April 23rd, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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


This month we will proudly highlight and #CELEBRATEdifferences of the students in Indian River County. We are happy to also recognize our community partners who take the time to support, engage, and impact our students' lives in an incredible way! Thank you to the members of Epic Missions, who come to The Wabasso School to facilitate arts and crafts projects, sports events and activities, and Zumba classes, every month!