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Watch D.O.G.S.

Watch D.O.G.S.     Heroes of the Hallways  

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a nationally recognized, non-profit, father involvement initiative that is under the direction of the National Center for Fathering.  The program was created for the purpose of encouraging dads, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures to become more involved in schools.  The men who volunteer serve as positive male role models for our students while also enhancing our school's security.  Volunteers commit to serving at least one full school day each year.  On their day of participation, Watch D.O.G.S. report to the school office wearing their Watch D.O.G.S. t-shirt, so that they are easily identifiable.  They spend their day involved with activities such as helping with morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, reading with students, working with students on flash cards, playing at recess, eating lunch with students, and monitoring entrances and hallways.  They have some special time dedicated to being with their own kids, but they spend most of their day mentoring to others.
Program Goals
  • Raise the banner of positive fathering through the forum of schools across America and the world.
  • Awaken fathers to the values and benefits of committed fathering.
  • Change culture by where every student has a father or father-figure to connect with in a positive way at school.
  • Help every school in America be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student's life.
Program Benefits
  • Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears.  The presence of a father or father-figure enhances a sense of security at the building for students and staff and helps create an environment conducive to learning.
  • Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges and decisions today’s youth are facing.  As a result, they can learn to relate better to their student and hopefully connect with them.
  • Fathers gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life in three critical areas including academic performance, self-esteem, social behavior.
  • Students gain a positive male role model.  Many students do not have a father-figure present in their home and these students benefit when a positive male role model is present.
Sign-up Today!
Participating is easy!  Just complete the following steps:
2.  Complete and return the Background Check Forms (2 pages) (please scan and email the completed background check form to or send the completed form back to me in an envelope addressed to "Mr. Ball")
(please note that you do not need to be fingerprinted or pay fee unless requested to do so by school personnel, but this form is still required)
3.  Please consider joining the Hilltop Elementary PTA.  Click here to join.
4.  Order your Watch D.O.G.S. Shirt
           Watch DOGS Store
5.  Once both forms are completed and you join the PTA, please send an email to in order to receive a link to the sign-up calendar.  Calendar sign-ups will begin on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
If you have any questions about the Watch D.O.G.S. program, you can contact Michael Ball at
Survey Access Code:  2185
Full School Name:  Hilltop Elementary School, Argyle, TX