What is WATCH D.O.G.S.?
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. It began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, Arkansas, and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into our nation’s classrooms and hallways. Learn more about Watch D.O.G.S. here

What are the goals of a WATCH D.O.G.S. program?

1) To provide positive male or adult role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.

2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

**Watch Dog duty does not involve spending time in the classroom with your student. If you are looking to volunteer in the classroom, schedule that with the teacher directly.

Who are WatchDOGS and how does WATCH D.O.G.S. work?

WATCH D.O.G.S. is a K-12 program, invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, father figures, or any special adult involved in a student's life to volunteer at least one day at their child’s/student’s school during the school year. The program is overseen by “Top Dog” volunteers who partner with the school administrator to coordinate scheduling and identify opportunities for WatchDOGS to assist at the school. WatchDOG volunteers perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer days.

What do WatchDOGS do (while they are at school)? 

During the day, WatchDOGS may patrol the school entrances, hallways, and building perimeter, ensure all visitors sign-in and sign out, assist with traffic flow at arrival and dismissal, assist with monitoring the lunchroom, interact with students at recess, help school staff and teachers, when needed, with projects and/or academic groups, and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students but other students as well.

How long is a WatchDOGS volunteer shift? 

We encourage all WatchDOGS to volunteer for the entire day if you can. We understand if you can only volunteer for a couple of hours and ask that you sign up for the amount of time that best fits with your schedule. Please feel free to sign up for multiple days throughout the year. 

To view the Watch D.O.G.S daily schedule click here

For questions please contact Top Dogs, Matt Cloutier at 303-810-8299 or via email at utewatchdogs@gmail.com

We welcome any special adult in a Ute Meadows student's life to volunteer. Please follow these steps to sign up as a WatchDog:
*If you are a first-time Watch Dog we recommend shadowing one of our Top Dogs.

Step 1:  Schedule your shift on the calendar posted below. Click here to open the calendar then select the date you wish to volunteer, enter your first and last name with the time you plan to volunteer. Select the month by the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

Step 2:  You are required per the Jeffco School District to fill out a Person of Interest (POI) form to volunteer at the school. You can pick up a copy of the POI form at the school office. Please submit the form to the school office before or on the day of your volunteer day.

Step 3:  Print and fill out the registration form and turn it into the school office on the day of your shift. Ordering a WATCH D.O.G.S t-shirt is highly recommended but optional (see links below to order online). This ensures that you are easily identifiable to faculty and students as a WATCH D.O.G.S. volunteer. To download the registration form click here.

Step 4:  When you arrive at the school for your scheduled shift please sign in at the front office, review the daily schedule and expectations in the Watch D.O.G.S binder. Have fun! 

Step 5:  Once you have completed your volunteer day please fill out the online Watch D.O.G.S End of Day Survey here (Spanish version here). Our school code is 1068.

Watch D.O.G.S. T-shirt Ordering:

Click the link below the photo to order via the Watch D.O.G.S. official website.

White Shirt Click Here                          

If I had my child to raise all over again, 
I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later. 
I'd finger-paint more, and point the fingerless. 
I would do less correcting and more connecting. 
I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. 
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites. 
I'd stop playing serious and seriously play. 
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. 
I'd do more hugging and less tugging. I would be a Watch Dog Dad!