Kindergarten roundup schedule: Hernando County elementary schools will hold roundups so parents can register their children for kindergarten. Parents must bring their children's birth certificates (certified copies), parent identification, proof of residency (utility bill/lease/mortgage papers), updated immunization records and health physicals dated within a year of registration. Prospective kindergarteners must be 5 by Sept. 1.
• Brooksville Elementary, 4-6 p.m. April 29.
• Deltona Elementary, 9 a.m.-noon and 4-6 p.m. May 12.
• Eastside Elementary, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. April 28.
• Explorer K8, 5-6 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 5.
• J.D. Floyd K8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 5.
• Moton Elementary, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. April 29.
• Pine Grove Elementary, 6-8 p.m. April 23 and 9-11 a.m. April 24.
• Suncoast Elementary, 4:30-6 p.m. April 28-29.
• Spring Hill Elementary, 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. April 22.
• Westside Elementary, 9 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m. May 5.
Academy application process begins: U.S. Service Academies have begun the application process for the Class of 2014. Students must be nominated by an authorized person, such as a member of Congress. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite can nominate applicants who live in the 5th District. Complete information on the application process, as well as a copy of the application, can be found on Brown-Waite's Web site (brown-waite.house.gov/). The application deadline is Nov. 6.
Applicants must meet eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to a service academy. He or she must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday, must be a U.S. citizen and must be unmarried, not pregnant and have no legal dependents.
Students should contact Brown-Waite's Spring Hill office in the spring of their junior year in high school, and students must begin the application process with the academies themselves.
There are five service academies: The U.S. Air Force, Naval, Military, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard academies. Nominations are required for all but the Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.
Each eligible young person can apply to both U.S. senators from the applicant's state, his or her U.S. Representative and the vice president, if highly qualified. Other nomination categories are military-affiliated.
Pine Grove Elementary School: An "Accelerated Reader Goes to the RODEO" night is 6:30-8 p.m. April 29 in the media center.
• The Title I Committee meets at 8 a.m. May 1 in the media center.
Powell Middle School: The School Advisory Council meets at 6:15 p.m. April 16 in the school's media center, 4100 Barclay Ave. Call (352) 797-7095.
West Hernando Middle School: The School Advisory Council meets at 4:30 p.m. April 27 in the media center. At 5 p.m. there will be a gang workshop presented by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. Learn what is going on in your neighborhood. Students may not attend. Call Tula Kelleher at (352) 797-7035, ext. 256, to register.
Paulette Lash Ritchie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.