Watch D.O.G.S.

We’re gearing up for another successful year of the Watch D.O.G.S. program. Thank you to everyone who volunteered last year. We hope to see you at the Castle again. 



Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a national program organized by the National Center for Fathering, with the goal of getting dads more involved in their kids’ lives and bringing a positive male influence into our schools. Visit for additional information on the program.


When you sign up for Watch D.O.G.S., you pick a day to spend at Norton from 7:45 am - 12:45 pm. You’ll receive a schedule of activities, which can vary from reading to your child’s class, playing with the kids during recess or PE, sharing your profession with a classroom, or helping out the staff with odd jobs around the school. You’ll spend some time in your child’s classroom(s) and eat lunch together.


WatchDOGs are encouraged to interact with other kids and be a positive presence wherever there is a need. You’ll come away with a better understanding of how your kids spend their days, not to mention a greater appreciation for the hard work their teachers do every day. From time to time, WatchDOGs are called upon to help with special events like refereeing kickball games or manning stations at Field Day.



  1. Complete the required volunteer background check through AISD. This is mandatory before you will be allowed inside the school. Processing can take up to two weeks.

  2. Access the online Watch D.O.G.S. Volunteer 2018-2019 Calendar. Type your name on a school day that works for you. Only add your name to an empty date (only one WatchDOG per day). You can navigate the months using the tabs on the bottom of the spreadsheet. Dates highlighted RED are not available due to testing, holidays, or other activities. A few days before your scheduled date, you’ll receive an agenda from Mrs. Gilbert that confirms your date and gives you a schedule of activities for the day.

    Note: Due to the popularity of the program, we ask that you only sign up for ONE day so everyone has an opportunity to participate. If we end up with open days, we’ll ask for more volunteers later in the year.

  3. GET A T-SHIRT: WatchDOG t-shirts aren’t mandatory but we highly recommend you wear one on your day at the school – it helps the kids identify you as the WatchDOG. If you don’t already have a shirt, please visit the Watch D.O.G.S. online store.



WatchDOG Volunteer Coordinator: Ricky Chapman
Program Coordinator at Norton: Michelle Gilbert, School Counselor

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