In brief

Juniors Taking Advantage of CAHS ACT Workshop

FLINT TWP.— Approximately 82 juniors at Carman-Ainsworth High School are participating in the 2nd annual ACT Prep workshop offered to prepare students for the State-mandated ACT in early March. These students will have the opportunity to take a retired ACT assessment twice prior to taking the real ACT. The workshop is designed for students to learn test-taking strategies along with improving specific content knowledge. The curriculum being used is designed by Cambridge Educational and is tailored to the needs of each student. All of these juniors took an ACT pre-test on Dec. 3, and received their results with an itemized analysis the following week. The analysis allows students to identify their strengths and weaknesses in each content area and helps their teachers plan appropriate lessons.

Does it help? Judging by last year’s results, yes it does, according to Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff. He reported at a recent board meeting that 47 percent of students who participated in last year’s program improved their ACT scores by two points or more and 29 percent of students improved by three or more points.

“The fact that they improved when it counted on the real ACT is not something to sneeze at,” Tunnicliff said.

For about half the students who took the workshop last year, the training was free. They paid a $75 fee up front to attend about 30 training sessions but got their money back if they attended 90 percent of the classes and did 90 percent of the work.

Similar classes offered by private companies can costs $300-500, Tunnicliff said. This is yet another example of how public school are helping students, he said.— R.S.

Dress sale to support Class of 2014

SWARTZ CREEK — The Special Occasion Dress Sale 2013, sponsored by the Class of 2014, will be held Jan. 12, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

This is a consignment sale for gently used “Special Occasion” dresses.

The cost to sell is $5 per dress and various prices are set by the sellers. The sale will take place in the Swartz Creek High School Media Center

Dresses must be dropped off by Jan. 11, in the High School Media Center from 3-7 p.m. All dresses are expected to be clean and in good condition.

Complete registration form. Details: Call 810-591- 4380, 810-869-0075 or 810-635-9193. — G.G.

The Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

DAVISON — The Catholic Community of St. John and Blessed Sacrament will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord at all weekend Masses beginning Jan. 5.

At St. John the Evangelist Parish, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, Mass will be at 4:30 p.m and at Blessed Sacrament, 6340 Roberta St., Burton, Mass will be at 6 p.m.

On Jan. 6, at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, Mass will be at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and 5p.m. At Blessed Sacrament, 6340 Roberta St., Burton Mass will be at 9 a.m. The annual blessing of the chalk will take place during these Masses in which each family takes a piece of chalk home and blesses the entryways of their homes.— G.G.

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