The Howard Soil Conservation District is accepting nominations for its "Conservation Teacher of the Year" awards program.
The competition is opened to full-time teachers working at the kindergarten through high school level who have developed an outstanding program of conservation education.
The winner will receive $1,000 in cash and an expense-paid trip to Reno, Nev., for the 1992 annual convention of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD).
The national second-place winner will receive a $500 cash award and the first-place regional winner in each of seven areas will receive $200.
The Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts at the state level will present a $300 award for the first-place winner in the elementary, middle and high school categories.
The national entry will be selected from the one of the winners at the state level.
USING NEWSPAPERS IN THE CLASSROOM
The Baltimore Sun Education Services Department is sponsoring a "No Textbook Day" workshop designed to provide teachers with innovative ways of using the newspaper with their students during Newspaper in Education Week, March 4 through 8.
Both workshops will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Baltimore Sun building at 501 N. Calvert St. in Baltimore.
Information: Lauren Vanhoy, Baltimore Sun Education Services Manager, 332-6230 or toll-free, 1-800-829-8000, Ext. 6230.
COUNTY IS OFFERING SPECIAL EDUCATION
The county Department of Education is providing ongoing educational programs for students who are identified as handicapped and are in need of special education services.
Students from birth through 20 years of age who reside in Howard and evidence a need for special education programming due to a cognitive, communication, physical or emotional handicap are eligible for a special education program.
A variety of service models at all educational levels is available to students who are in need of service.
In addition, non-public school placements are provided for students who are identified andfor whom an appropriate educational program is not available within the public school system.
Information: Child Find Program, County Diagnostic Center, 313-7046.
Referral of students ages six through20 should be made to the Child Find Contact Person, Office of Special Education: 313-6655.
WOMEN'S CLUB PLANS AN AWARD FOR SENIORS
Soroptimist International of Howard County, a service club for business and professional women, is looking for high school seniors of Howard County who wish to apply for the club's annual Youth Citizenship Award.
This award stresses service and citizenship in the home, community and school.
Application forms have been sent to all senior class counselors of Howard County high schools.
The local club award is $500 and the winning entry will be submitted to the South Atlantic Region for competition at the regional level.
Two regional awards of $1,250 will be presented in April.
Senior students may request an application from their counselor or send a self-addressed stamped business envelope to: Foundations Chairman, 516 Park Ave., Towson Md. 21204.
Applications must be completed and returned by today.
DEADLINE IS FEB. 15 FOR EDUCATOR AWARD
Nomination forms for Howard County's Excellence in Education awards, sponsored by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and Maryland National Bank, are available atthe Chamber of Commerce office, the public school's Information Office and Maryland National Bank county branches.
Completed forms will be accepted through Feb. 15 at the chamber offices at 5655 Sterret Place in downtown Columbia.
Outstanding professional and volunteereducators who serve in any teaching capacity, help to ensure excellence and teach in Howard County are eligible for nomination.
The awards will recognize efforts "beyond the call of duty" by educators and public safety personnel from the county.
The recipients will be honored at the chamber's Ninth Annual Community Awards Night at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Turf Valley Hotel and Country Club.
STUDENT EXCHANGE WITH SPAIN PLANNED
The Columbia Association is accepting applications for its first home-stay student exchange in the summer from students who wish to visit its newsister city of Tres Cantos, just outside of Madrid, Spain.
Twenty-five students will visit Tres Cantos and play host to Spanish students who will pay a return visit to Columbia at the end of July.
Students must be sophomores or juniors and have had at least two years of Spanish study by June to be eligible.
Applications are availablefrom your high schol Spanish teacher, the village offices and by calling 381-0020.
SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE SNOW PLAN POLICY
The county public school system has announced that all school and community programs/activities will be canceled if a snow emergency plan for Howard is in effect at 7 a.m. either Saturday, Sunday or on days schools are scheduled to be closed for instruction.
Should a snow emergency plan go into effect after 7 a.m., programs/activities in progress may be completed.
All those scheduled later will be canceled.
Announcements about inclement weather cancellations will also be made on the following radio stations: WBAL, WCBM, WLIF, WLMD, WMAL and WTOP.
HCC TO OFFER TASTE OF LATIN AMERICA
Howard Community College's springsemester will feature "The Culture of Latin America," a one-credit course focusing on geography, indigenous populations, religion, economics, arts and family life. Information: 992-4856.