Discuss school funding over lunch: Join the Kiwanis Club of Tampa and the League of Women Voters for a lunch with MaryEllen Elia, superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools and Paul Dosal, vice-provost for student success at the University of South Florida, as they discuss "The Politics of Education Funding: How It Impacts Hillsborough County Students," from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Tampa Club, 101 E Kennedy Blvd., 42nd floor. $15, registration required by noon Tuesday. The Tampa Club will validate parking in the Bank of America garage. Call (813) 380-3311.
Nominate youths for award: The County Commission is accepting nominations for Youth Excellence and Achievement Awards (YEA! Awards). Middle school and high school students can be nominated in categories of leadership, success despite difficult odds and volunteer community service. The deadline is Friday. Nominations can be submitted online at tinyurl.com/6v55rgq, by mail to the Hillsborough County Communications Department, 601 E Kennedy Blvd., First Floor, Tampa, FL 33602, or by fax to (813) 276-8695.
Who should get We Deliver award? Nominations are now being accepted through March 30 for the sixth annual We Deliver award, which is given to a school employee who has exceeded their job duties and expectations.
Anyone who knows a teacher, secretary, clerk, custodian, principal, aide, bus driver, maintenance worker, lunchroom worker or other staff member who fits the description is encouraged to submit a nomination.
A committee of staffers, students, parents and community members will review the nominations and recommend a finalists list to the superintendent.
School Board members, district and education foundation staff and the superintendent will surprise the winner at his or her work site on May 25.
If the winner works at a school, their colleagues and students will get to watch the winner receive a $10,000 check and tokens of appreciation.
The nomination form can be accessed at www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/wedeliver. Paper nominations can be faxed to (813)272-4510 or mailed to Office of Communications, Raymond O. Shelton School Administrative Center, 901 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602.
It's beginning to look a lot like kindergarten: Public schools will hold a Kindergarten Round Up for the 2012-13 school year Monday through Feb. 24.
Families interested in enrolling children in their assigned school should attend the event scheduled for that school.
Kindergarten Round Up helps parents learn about the school and become acquainted with the campus, and offers prospective students a firsthand look at kindergarten life. Parents are encouraged to bring documentation of the child's birth, health and home address in order to register for kindergarten. Parents unable to attend are encouraged to enroll children by the end of June. Parents who would like to research their kindergarten options may visit various Round Ups and apply for school choice or a magnet school.
The choice application period for elementary schools closes Feb. 29. Download applications at choice.mysdhc.org.
For a list of Kindergarten Round Ups and accepted documentation for enrollment, parents should visit the district website at www.sdhc.k12.fl.us and see the Kindergarten Round Up section.