Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)

Engage men, inspire children, reduce bullying and enhance the educational environment at our school.

Watch D.O.G.S. is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models for the students and to enhance school security. Who are Watch DOGS? Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator.

How can you become a Watch DOG?

  1. Read the Volunteer Handbook/Expectations agreement.
  2. Complete the online Volunteer Application, which includes the Volunteer Disclosure Form.
  3. Bring your valid photo identification to any school office or the District Office for verification. If you are an Oregon resident, Oregon State requires a payment of $10 for clearance. Please make checks payable to Battle Ground Public Schools and attach it to your drivers license.
    You must present your valid identification in person. After you have presented your identification, please allow 7-10 days to process the background check. Persons interested in volunteering in Battle Ground Public Schools must complete the Volunteer Clearance Process prior to being assigned to a volunteer position within the district. The information disclosed through the Clearance Process will be used only to determine eligibility to volunteer and will not be used or disseminated for any other purpose.
  4. Sign up online HERE, come to the school and sign up on the Watch DOGS calendar, or contact the Watch DOGS chair Mark Yarger at!

What do you do as a Watch DOG?

Watch DOGS are welcome at Pleasant Valley Middle and Pleasant Valley Primary! When you volunteer to be a Watch DOG you must first check in at the school's office. You will receive a Watch DOG vest, and a schedule for the day. Watch DOGS are particularly helpful during transition times at each school, helping maintain the safety and security of our students. Recess time can be a great opportunity for Watch DOGS to engage with students and reduce bullying on our playgrounds. Many Watch DOGS find that volunteering in classrooms can be equally rewarding. And Watch DOGS are not limited to only the classrooms that have their students on the roster.