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Positive turnout at Kenney Middle School’s open house

Hannibal Central School District’s Dennis M. Kenney Middle School open house Thursday proved to be a success, as students, parents and teachers gathered to discuss the coming year.

Eighth-graders (from left) Jade Holmes, Kaitlyn Ryder and Hannah Kuc welcome parents Thursday during an open house at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School in the Hannibal Central School District.
Eighth-graders (from left) Jade Holmes, Kaitlyn Ryder and Hannah Kuc welcome parents Thursday during an open house at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School in the Hannibal Central School District.

With approximately 450 students enrolled at DMK, the event was well attended, something Principal Dee Froio noted as being “incredibly important.”

Froio said any time a parent can come into the school and see what their children are learning, and the environment in which their children learns, it ensures that a partnership can be formed between parents and teachers to allow for student success.

“The more that we can do that, the better off our students are going to be,” Froio said.

Overall, Froio said she was pleased with the turnout for the event. Post cards and a school messenger alert were sent to parents to remind them of the open house.

“I really think that communication paid off, because if you look around at the individual teachers or look at some of the group presentations going on, we have a really good turnout at all of our grade levels, which is wonderful,” Froio said.

“Sometimes you see a lot of turnout of at the fifth and sixth grade level, but we also have a great turnout at the seventh and eighth grade levels. So I’m very pleased,” she added.

The open house also provided Hannibal Home and School, a parent-teacher organization, the chance to share its goals of promoting student success in an effort to recruit additional members.

Jessica Wakefield, president of the organization, said Hannibal Home and School is important in the fact that they raise money for student activities such as field trips, guest speakers and opportunities for new experiences. Wakefield said the open house was the perfect opportunity for the organization to display its goals.