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.

Special Casual for a Cause Added for Hurricane Michael Victims Thursday 10/25

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This Thursday, October 25, we are adding a special Casual for a Cause Day to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Michael. Several of our north Florida school districts were devastated by the impact of Hurricane Michael. In an effort to help, we are not only adding this special causal for a cause day. This weekend, the School District of Indian River County is sending all 3 of our mobile cafes to north Florida to be used for food disbursement to hurricane victims, and $10,000 of Scholastic books to children who are in hurricane shelters, or dealing with the aftermath of recovery. We would like to thank the United Way for donating $5,000 toward this effort, and with the help of our special Casual for a Cause day, we hope to meet our fundraising goal of the remaining $5,000. Together, as a community, we can show our north Florida family that they are not alone as they recover and rebuild from Hurricane Michael.

SDIRC SENDS MOBILE CAFES AND SCHOLASTIC BOOKS TO HURRICANE VICTIMS

The buses are loaded! The SDIRC is sending our mobile cafes to north Florida to be used for food disbursement to hurricane victims, and $10,000 of Scholastic books to children who are in hurricane shelters, or dealing with the aftermath of recovery. Thank you to United Way for donating $5,000 toward the purchase of the Scholastic books! The buses leave tomorrow morning!
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Clint Pulver visits VBHS for "C2G" Commit to Graduate Pep Rally!

Global motivational speaker, Clint Pulver, visited our students at VBHS for their Commit to Graduate pep rally. Clint has appeared on "America's Got Talent," and performed with stars like Carrie Underwood. He has also appreared in Motion Pictures with actors like Jack Black and Jon Heder from Napoleon Dynamite. We were lucky enough to welcome him to our district, so he could inspire our students with positivity and motivation to be the best that they can be. Clint shared the message, "Greatness is within the soul!" And our 9th and 10th grade students signed their graduation commitment letters.
https://youtu.be/YxStz6G1Iik

F.A.C.E.S. at Sebastian River Middle School and Oslo Middle School

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We held our Family and Community Engagement Sessions at Sebastian River Middle School on 10/16, and Oslo Middle School on 10/18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The school district presented information and answered questions about safety and security, progress monitoring, and culture and climate during 3 sessions. Our community partners were there to provide details about their organizations. The Sebastian River Middle School Madrigals and Oslo Middle School orchestra entertained the audience with beautiful performances, while our Food and Nutrition department served drinks and snacks. Thank you to everyone who attended these sessions, and we are looking forward to another one in the Spring!

Student Spotlight: Kelsie Seeley, Citrus Elementary School

Wow! Kelsie is the first bronze medalist for Citrus Elementary School in the Sunshine State Reader Competition! She has completed five books, already!! Congratulations, Kelsie!
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School Spotlight: Storm Grove Middle School Celebrates Kindness Day

All kids deserve to learn in a safe, supportive, and caring environment. The Kindness Challenge provides a powerful tool that actively engages students, teachers, administrators, families, and communities in creating a culture of compassion, acceptance, unity, and respect.

Students at SGMS engaged in various classroom activities to promote kindness and respect. During lunches, Guidance Counselor’s provided students with the opportunity to thank someone for being kind. Students wrote letters of appreciation to faculty, peers, and family members. The SGMS students participated in a special recess in honor of their classmate, Brenton Fannin, who is currently fighting bone cancer. The recess brought in $3,585 to support Brenton and his fight against cancer. SGMS is very proud of the way students responded to the Kindness Challenge!

https://youtu.be/dU4LnjOm5oA

Classroom Spotlight: Ms. Slade's S.T.E.A.M. Classroom

Fourth graders at Glendale Elementary School's Center for Innovation, led by Ms. Slade, are rocking it! During this week's S.T.E.A.M. activity, they first investigated how sound is made, then they used different materials to design and build speakers, and today they will be testing their design.

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.

October's Casual for a Cause

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Support local schools, students, and teachers

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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

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School District of Indian River County's Strategic Plan

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Superintendent's Workshop

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 1pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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

SDIRC Business Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 6pm

6500 57th Street

Vero Beach, FL

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