WATERVILLE — Waterville Senior High School held its yearly open house under a warm, summery sky Tuesday night at Head of Falls on Front Street, the kickoff to the school year for students, parents and their families.

Principal Brian Laramee said the purpose of holding it at the waterfront was to increase both attendance and interaction among parents, guardians, the community and the staff. It’s the second year in a row that the open house was not held at the high school.

The event was less formal than traditional open houses, Laramee said in a news release Monday. The school staff grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and vegetable burgers for participants; class schedules were distributed; and the atmosphere was designed for casual conversation, he said.

Participants were shuttled between Head of Falls and the high school on Brooklyn Avenue, where there were also tours of the school and “student ambassadors” available to answer questions.

School starts Wednesday for elementary school, middle school, ninth-grade and new students. Grades 10 through 12 start Thursday.