Community Learning Network 7

Spotlight on Mathematics, Literacy & Special Education

Valentine's Day Statistics!

  • About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
  • Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn't write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
  • More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.
  • 73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
  • 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
  • Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day in the U.S.
  • Over 50 percent of all Valentine's Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday.
  • 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine's Day.
  • Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines day gifts.
  • 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine's Day each year.

Valentine's Day Math Resources for YOU!

Brain Teaser

It wouldn't be Valentine's Day without some chocolate. Can you find out how much your name is worth?

Math Assessment Updates

1st & 2nd Grade Interim 2

  • Grade 1 Interim Assessment 2 test code is 55541
  • Grade 2 Interim Assessment 2 test code is 55544
  • Even though the deadline has passed, please be sure all your data has been uploaded

SY 2015-2016 Math Pacing Snapshot

All Unit & Topic assessments should be administered on the last date in each Unit or Topic window.

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IT’S NOT TOO LATE!!!---Lit AU Course for Special Educators

Due to the change of start date and issues with PGS, we will be offering a make-up for Session 1, as long as participants begin attending Session 2.

AU Session 2-WEST: February 11, 2016 (Thursday)

Location: 150-Mary Ann Winterling (220 N. Bentalou St, 21213)

Room: Media Center

Time: 3:00 - 6:00pm

AU SESSION 2-EAST: February 16, 2016 (Tuesday)

Location: 245-Leith Walk Elem/Middle (1235 Sherwood Ave, 21239)

Room: Media Center

Time: 3:00 - 6:00pm

Please contact M. Muthui (SEL) with any questions.

CLN#7 Monthly SPED PLC – Do the Math Training

Special Educators who have never attended “Do the Math” intervention training will have an opportunity to learn about the different components of the program in addition to strategies for effective implementation.

Date: February 10, 2016 (rescheduled)

Location: Robert W. Coleman Elem. (#142), 2400 Windsor Ave, 21216

Time: (3:00pm - 4:30pm)

Walk-in Welcome!!!

Peer Classroom Visits for Elementary & Middle School Self-Contained Teachers

These classroom visits are scheduled for February. Resource dates are coming soon. Please contact M. Muthui if interested in joining a scheduled peer visit.

IEP Chair Monthly Training

When: February 17, 2016

Where: PDC (2500 E Northern Pakrway, 21214

Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm


  1. ESY decisions must be made by 3/1.
  2. ALL amendments require approval from Education Specialist-please email L. Huffman when you need to make an amendment and wait for a response as to approval/next steps.
  3. PARCC - Reminder for students with Verbatim Reading - there needs to be an Appendix-D uploaded in MDOIEP for students with this accommodation - please pay special attention to those students in third grade.

Gettin' Digi With It - Engaging through technology!

QR Codes

Increase technology in classroom by incorporating QR Codes on assignments. Copy/paste an URL code for a particular website (intervention, pdf, etc.), download its corresponding QR code and paste it onto another website or document. Students can then access this information by using the QR reader app on smart phones, IPads and computers with cameras.

MSDE Professional Development Opportunities

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English Language Arts Presents: Technology Tuesdays!

Join the Maryland English/Language Arts team Tuesday afternoons, to explore how Technology and ELA can be used together in the classroom with students.

To Register - click here!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns!