A new program at Clark-Vitt Elementary has been organized to promote community involvement in the classroom.

Each month the school is hosting “Data, Doughnuts, and Dialogue” which provides an opportunity for parents, and members of the community, to meet with school staff and administrators to discuss challenges and brainstorm solutions, according to Principal Jennifer Davis.

“The primary goal is to open up to the community,” she said. “We want to get people in and chat about what we’re doing right and what we can do better.”

Davis said there were 12 people who took part in the first Data, Doughnuts, and Dialogue session held last month when participants discussed how to promote better schoolwide attendance.

“We’re going to have these monthly — we want to open the door to the community so parents can see the great things we’re doing for kids,” Davis said. “And we want tto pick their brains.”

The next meeting will be Friday, Nov. 22, at 8:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria.

People must RSVP at the school by calling 636-583-6997 before participating.

“This month’s focus is on homework tips and technology,” said Davis. “We plan to use the computer lab to show parents some helpful sites, as well as some of the challenging content that our kids are working toward mastering.”

She added that the discussion will include use of the Scenic Regional Library online system for homework assistance. Utilizing the library’s program only requires a library card.

“We’ll show them how to do that and that it doesn’t cost any money,” Davis said.

There will be similar conversations for parents who are free in the evening during the school’s Parent Teacher Organization Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 5:30 p.m.

The meetings also are an opportunity to inform parents and the community of what is going on at the school.

Davis noted that many people don’t know that the United Bank of Union representatives teach a financial class at the school, and local writers have been to the school to talk with fifth-graders about the creative process.

October Meeting

During the first Data, Doughnuts, and Dialogue meeting, attendance figures were presented, including how Clark-Vitt stacks up to state requirements.

She explained that new measures require that 90 percent of students attend class 90 percent of the time, which is a change from previous years.

Last year the school had an overall 96 percent attendance, but did not meet requirements due to the change.

“It was a time to come in and trouble shoot together,” Davis said. “We had really good conversations about what we can do to motivate kids.”

After School Tutoring

Beginning this week there will be a new after school tutoring program at Clark-Vitt, Davis said.

The sessions will be held from 3-4:45 p.m. and are available to all students who need help. There will be at least one certified staff members to assist students.

For more information, people may contact the school and fill out a form.

Parents must provide transportation for the students.