Gulf Middle School and its administration have recently been awarded the Florida Department of Education Parent Teacher Association’s Regional “Parent and Community Involvement Award” for their work in establishing their Watch DOGS project on campus this school year.
The school and its administration will be honored at a July 18 PTA conference in Tarpon Springs.
The Watch DOGS program started at Gulf in November and has since worked with 20 male role models from the community and invited them to “walk to the halls” of the school in order to provide a positive presence. The effort is part of what Principal Jason Joens is calling a “180-degree turnaround.” The school has received a “D” grade for the last three years, and is working to improve both the culture and academic achievement of its students.
The program is managed by Gulf’s Parent Involvement Coordinator, Amy Marin, who is in her first year with the school.