Week of September 24, 2023
A Message from the Principal
Hello Geneva Heights!!!
I hope y'all are having a wonderful weekend. Our Cougar staff is finally complete with the addition of our new Assistant Principal Mrs. Ana Williams. We introduced her to families on Friday's Coffee with the Principal event. Please take a few moments to read her introduction. She is a great addition to our administrative team and we look forward to her contributions and leadership with Geneva Heights.
This week I had the opportunity to meet with families on a couple of occasions. We met virtually on Monday evening to share campus data and begin identifying campus needs for our Campus Improvement Plan. There are links to surveys in this weeks SMORE that provide our families opportunities to share their ideas. As mentioned earlier, we also held our first Coffee with the Principal on Friday and discussed our Parent Compact and Involvement for the 2023/2024 school year. These are great events for families and admin to come together and continue building partnerships for Geneva Heights and ensure that our Cougar scholars have the best experience in and out of the classroom.
I want to thank all our parent volunteers that have taken time out of their schedules to help monitor our cafeteria. We encourage everyone to take these opportunities when your schedule allows, as it is a great way to meet your Cougar's classmates. Also, I want to thank Mrs. Assar for getting our mobile library underway for the school year. Being on a temporary campus has its challenges but Geneva Heights is never short of people reaching out and doing what is best for our students. I wish everyone a wonderful week!
Proud Principal of Geneva Heights Elementary
Israel Verver, Jr.
This Week at Geneva Heights
9/27 Wednesday: Attendance Matters Event - Wake up and Show Up at school in your Tie-Dye!
9/29 Friday: Dollar Dress Day! Students can wear non-uniform clothes if they bring a $1 to donate to PTA. Students can also op to wear uniforms or spirit shirts with uniform bottoms with no donation.
10/10 Tuesday: IB Cultural Night. 5:30 - 7:00PM GH Gym. Come celebrate the cultural diversity at GH.
2023-24 Parent Compact Letter:
2023-24 Parent Compact Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOcA647t3TLrVabFsGUpXbKZU1Wkrfzu2tQ9nO01U4Q9b9Sw/viewform?usp=sf_link
CNA Needs Assessment Survey:
DISD Fall Parent Survey: Your opinion matters and the best way to provide an excellent experience at Geneva Heights Elementary is to be heard. Please complete the survey by clicking on the following link https://docs.google.com/forms/u/1/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdjRqf9At-mRSiTxIzLJH9Vs7LXzIay-drf_kfn6DRLpHhGw/viewform
Sign Up and become a DISD Volunteer @ https://dallasisd.voly.org
The Dallas ISD Voly System ensures all our volunteers know the safety guidelines of helping in our schools and includes a background checks. All volunteers must complete this process yearly.
Lunchroom Volunteers NEEDED,
The first step is to complete the DISD volunteer process @ https://Dallasisd.voly.org. Second choose the lunchroom opportunity that suits your availability. You may choose a 30-minute lunch period or choose to help with all the lunch periods. Finally, once you arrive at the school present your photo ID to Mrs. Rios and you’ll be off to help make the student’s lunch time efficient and enjoyable. Your support is always greatly appreciated.
Lunch with your Cub sign up is now open! Dates are October 17 - November 30. Click on the following link to sign up https://www.dallasisd.org/Page/84167
Our Newest Cougar!
Hello Geneva Heights Cougars!
My name is Ana Williams, and I am your new Assistant Principal. I was born and raised in Spain until I moved here to attend college. My husband Steve and I have 2 children: Angela (16) and Regan (11). We love spending time as a family and playing with our puppies.
I started my professional career teaching Spanish at the High School level, helping secondary students learn to love the language and culture. After my daughter was born, I stayed home with her while I worked on my master's degree in Linguistics. At that point, I decided to complete my teaching certification in bilingual education. I taught second and third grade level in a dual language school in Wylie ISD. During my time there, I also completed my Principal Certification. After six years in Wylie ISD, I moved to Rockwall ISD where I served as the ESL/Title III specialist and Assistant Principal.
I am very excited to start my 12th year in education here at Geneva Heights Elementary as your Assistant Principal. In the coming months, I look forward to meeting and engaging with each and every one of you. Your unique perspectives and contributions are vital to the success of our school community. Together, we will create an environment where innovation, respect, and a passion for learning flourish.
Thank you for entrusting me with this important role. Let us make this academic year one of growth, achievement, and memorable experiences for all.
PTA contest winning class!
Big Shout Out to 3D, who's class had the most people join the PTA, during their drive. Their class was awarded a pizza party, with funny animal videos, and a dance off!
IB Cultural Night - Come Celebrate Our Diversity
All Call for Room Parents
Geneva Heights Attendance Matters Month
Dropoff and Pick Up Reminders
Transportation Updates as of September 10, 2023
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We hope this email finds you well. We want to provide you with essential updates regarding school transportation at Geneva Heights. Until further notice, Ms. Barnwell will be in charge of transportation for GH.
- Bus Availability: We have been operating with two buses transporting students regularly, and this could continue the be the case until further notice. Mr. Verver has contacted the transportation department, and they are working to resolve this issue.
- Bus Tags for Delmar Ave Drop-Off and Pickup: Please note that there will be changes to the bus tags for the Delmar Ave drop-off and pickup location if this change becomes permanent. We understand that any routine changes can be challenging, and we kindly ask for your cooperation and flexibility during this transition period.
- Air Conditioning Concerns: The comfort and well-being of your children are important to us, so please be sure to inform us if there seem to be any issues with the air conditioning on the buses.
- Bus Schedule: Review the schedule below for up-to-date pickup and drop-off times. The buses will leave the Ridgecrest location in the afternoons, between 3:20-3:25 PM.