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Pinellas schools tap experts for Great American Teach-In

Schools bring in experts for Teach-In

Top culinary chefs, School Board members, magicians, athletes and a variety of animals, from parrots to pythons, are among those scheduled to take part Wednesday in Progress Energy's Great American Teach-In.

Here's a sampling of scheduled participants this year:

Carwise Middle, Palm Harbor: Rep. Peter Nehr will discuss how a bill becomes a law.

Countryside High, Clearwater: Matt Lloyd from the "Bubba the Love Sponge" Morning Show; Deborah Clark, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections; Jim Greiner, magician; Perry Van DerBeck, Tampa Bay Rowdies Professional Soccer Team.

Largo Middle: Sheldon Blake, Busch Gardens magician.

Lealman Intermediate, St. Petersburg: Mangrove Golf will set up a driving range for students to hit golf balls; an ice carver will demonstrate his skills.

Mount Vernon Elementary, St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg City Council chairman Jeff Danner.

New Heights Elementary, St. Petersburg: Bay News 9 meteorologist Brian McClure, Sen. Charlie Justice.

Paul B. Stephens School, Clearwater: Captain Tut's Pirate Parrots from the Suncoast Parrot Sanctuary.

Pinellas Park Middle: Bucs Receiver Michael Clayton and the Dairy Council will rally with 800 students to eat healthy and stay active.

Ridgecrest Elementary, Largo: Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, rescuing and saving injured birds.

Seminole High: Lawyer Ira Berman will discuss "street law."

Seventy-Fourth St. Elementary, St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg Assistant Police Chief Luke Williams.

Shore Acres Elementary, St. Petersburg: Cake decorating, St. Petersburg Sgt. Edward Borrelli.

Sutherland Elementary, Palm Harbor: African drummers, archaeologist and Pinellas School Board member Robin Wikle. The Tarpon Springs Aquarium will bring a 14-foot python and an alligator.

Tarpon Springs High: Chefs from the Culinary Institute of America will visit, speak and do cooking demonstrations.

Student reservation system is now online

Parents who want to fill out an application for magnet, fundamental and career academy programs for the 2010-2011 school year will have to do it online this year, according to district officials.

The online application process using the Student Reservation System is replacing the phone application system used in previous years. Parents will need a user ID and password to log into the system. District officials are urging those who don't have them to get them before the application period kicks off Jan. 9.

"There is an important step that we are encouraging parents to do now — get a User ID and password," said Andrea Zahn, director of communications. "They need the ID and password to go online to apply in January."

Parents who need a user ID or password can go to any school with a photo identification and request one. Families that already have a user ID and password don't need to request another one. The application period runs until Jan. 29. Visit

In addition, there will be an information fair at Northeast High School in St. Petersburg on Jan. 9. Each magnet, fundamental and career academy program also will host a "discovery night" between Jan. 6 and Jan. 28. A list of discovery nights can be found at

Source: Pinellas County School District

Pinellas schools tap experts for Great American Teach-In 11/14/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 13, 2009 5:07pm]
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