Weekly Parent Email – March 26, 2021

March 26, 2021

Hello from the Leadership Academy of Utah Board of Directors! I can’t believe we are almost ready to close our fourth year as a Utah charter school. If you have been with us for a while, you have seen us grow steadily every year. If you have just joined us this year, we hope you have felt the critical learning and growth culture we have strived to infuse into everything that LAU has to offer.  Our incredible director Pete Jensen, his administrative staff, and our excellent partners at Williamsburg Learning have led the way and truly made LAU a one-of-a-kind education experience for our students.

As we approach the end of the school year, I want to share with you some exciting news. A few of us on the board have been around since before LAU was an official Utah charter school. I want to thank Suzanne Christensen and Dale Millsap who have worked tirelessly over the last six years to help get LAU approved and started and have also served in various governance capacities on the board. At the end of this school year, Suzanne, Dale, and I will be leaving the board as we will have reached our maximum terms of service. We are excited to still have Jana Stout and her passion for education as a board member. Over the past few months, we have added four great new board members who have stepped in to offer their passion, expertise, and service: Natalie Boyack, Holly Brinkle, Molly Foster, and Amy George. You can read about each of our new members on the Board of Directors page here. Please join me in welcoming them to the LAU board.

I am excited about the continued growth and success of LAU and your students. I am confident that the LAU Board of Directors will be able to continue serving you, your students, and the LAU administrative staff for years to come. 


Busch Jones

Board of Directors Chair, LAU


Action Items

LAU School Climate Survey now open: We encourage all students and parents to participate in our School Climate Survey. The information from this school-wide survey will help LAU understand our performance, assist with improvement efforts, and evaluate a range of aspects regarding the school’s environment. Results are completely anonymous and are submitted to both LAU and the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). This survey will be open until Monday, May 10. Students can access the student-specific survey from Homeroom. We appreciate your help in evaluating our school.

Dixie State University concurrent enrollment registration opens soon: Registration for DSU’s concurrent enrollment classes begins Monday, April 5. You must apply to DSU before you can register for classes. If you have already been accepted, students must reapply but are not required to pay the fee. Once accepted, please email the DSU office directly with the classes your student would like to take. Detailed instructions can be found here on our concurrent enrollment page. Please email Kate Chaney with any additional questions.

Last chance to sign-up for Prom: Don’t forget to have your student sign-up by next Thursday, April 1. Tickets are $10 per person. Any student wanting to sign-up after April 1 will be charged $20 per person.

Don’t forget to submit photos for the 2020-21 yearbook! There is still time to submit pictures and order yearbooks for 2020-21. Click here to learn more or make an order. 



2021-22 Registration Opens Monday: Registration for returning families for the upcoming school year opens next Monday, March 29! Visit this page to determine which classes your student will need. If you have questions or need help registering, please set up a Zoom meeting with one of our school counselors. For 9th and 11th grade students, email Shauna Larson. For all other grades, please email Kate Chaney.

Policy Updates for 2021-22: There have been some small adjustments to the LAU Valedictorian selection process. Please take a moment and review the updated Valedictorian Guidelines here.

New scholarship opportunity available: The Utah Jazz recently announced a new scholarship for underrepresented students of color. Applications are now available and must be submitted by Friday, April 2. Click here to learn more. 

Registration for Women in Tech Summit is now open: Registration for SheTech’s virtual summit is now available! The summit is Wednesday, April 21 from 3:00-5:00 PM MT. Click here to register for free or learn more. 


Upcoming Burger Meets

We have a lot of fun activities planned for students in the coming months. All Williamsburg Learning students are invited to attend. Siblings are also welcome. Click below to see the details and RSVP!

  • Northern Utah: Click here to see available meetups and register 
  • Southern Utah: Click here to see available meetups and register 


Upcoming Events

Today: High School Inspiration Hour at 1:00 PM MT – “The Power of Humor” with Levi Gilbert (Dad jokes may be included)

March 29: 2021-22 Registration opens for returning families

March 31: 2021-22 Registration opens for new families

April 2: Student Body Election application deadline

April 2: High School Inspiration Hour at 1:00 PM MT

April 2: Middle School First Friday Game Night at 6:00 PM MT with Ms. Tucker

April 9: LAU Prom from 7:00-11:00 PM MT at Canterbury Place in Bountiful, UT

May 22: Lagoon Day Find more details on our list of Northern Utah Activities