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home : news : local   December 17, 2014

8/21/2014 5:52:00 AM
Cherry students 'are all Dimmick students now'


Second-grader Aiden Slyva (left) was the first student from the now-closed Cherry district off the bus Wednesday morning for his first day at Dimmick School, followed by third-grader Brennan Keutzer and fourth-grader Kylie Lauck. The district welcomed the students from Cherry and emphasized that all them were Dimmick students now.NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
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Second-grader Aiden Slyva (left) was the first student from the now-closed Cherry district off the bus Wednesday morning for his first day at Dimmick School, followed by third-grader Brennan Keutzer and fourth-grader Kylie Lauck. The district welcomed the students from Cherry and emphasized that all them were Dimmick students now.
NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
Rachel Stella
Staff Writer



DIMMICK — Seventh-grader Rachael Kobold said she was “excited” as she stepped off the bus Wednesday morning to start her first day as a Dimmick School student.

“You can meet new friends,” she said. How does she plan to meet new people? “Go out for sports and talk to them,” she said, adding that she plans to try out for all the sports.

She was one of several who are now calling themselves Dimmick students after leaving the closed Cherry district.

Superintendent Ryan Linnig said the total number of students registered was 148, but in the spirit of integration, the district was not partitioning the registrations from Cherry.

He estimated the number of Cherry students to be around 40, comparing it with last year’s total enrollment of 110.

“With the kids and parents, it’s been outstanding; it’s been very positive,” Linnig said of the transition.

Eighth grade is the largest class with 22 students; kindergarten is the smallest with seven, he said.

Linnig said the district was no longer distinguishing between students based on their previous home districts. In a written statement, he said, “We are proud to say that every student that walks through these doors today regardless of where they attended school last year, is now a Dimmick student, period.”

Rachel Stella can be reached at (815) 220-6933 or lasallereporter@newstrib.com. Follow her on Twitter @NT_LaSalle.










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