Gulf Coast Academy: The school is offering students a collection of Extended School Day enrichment activities during the school year. The offerings include instruction in photography, modern language, board games, art and guitar. Intensive reading and intensive math are also available, as well as homework help and teacher clinics.
Voting in schools: The Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Office will offer an online voting tool for school elections this year called Double Click Democracy. The online voting system allows students to participate in a voting experience by using a Web-based voting system. The use of customized ballots for school elections will realistically reflect the election process for students 16 years or older and prepare them to register to vote and be ready for their first elections when they turn 18. Elections office representatives will also be available to visit classrooms to discuss the importance of voting.
Hernando High: The school's open house will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the performing arts center. The program will begin with a brief overview and continue with parents/guardians following their children's school day in an abbreviated form. The computer lab will be available for parents/guardians to complete the online 2013-14 free and reduced-price lunch application. For information, call Angela Miller Royal at (352) 797-7015, ext. 403.
• The school's band will have a fundraiser pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Sept. 21 at Lizzie T's Coffee House, 7635 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville. The donation is $5 and includes pancakes, sausage and coffee or juice. There will be a carwash available at the same time. Donations will be accepted for the carwash.
• The School Advisory Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the school's main office. For information, call Marianne Bennett at (352) 797-7015, ext. 406.
West Hernando Middle: The Title I annual meeting and Back to School Night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26. Parents will follow their children's schedules and meet their teachers. They will receive information about Title I. For information, call Tula Kelleher, Title I parent educator, at (352) 797-7035, ext. 256.
Explorer K-8: A Title I Committee meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the media center. Drafts of the parent involvement plan will be presented, and a date will be set for the annual Title I meeting. The Parent-Teacher-Student Association will meet at 5 p.m., and the School Advisory Council will meet at 6 p.m.
Oct. 11: Schools closed for students. Teacher work day.
Oct. 17: End of first grading period.
Oct. 18: Schools closed for students. Teacher work day.
Nov. 11: Veterans Day — schools closed.
Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving break — schools closed.
Dec. 18-20: Semester exams — early release.