Weekly Parent Email – September 9, 2022

September 9, 2022

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to visit with many of our families. I’m impressed and grateful to each and every one of you. Your support of LAU and your students is clearly evident. Our families value education and are highly committed to ensuring each student has the best possible opportunity.

The LAU and Williamsburg team supports your family in this journey! We love working with your students and value each of their unique talents and capabilities. We value the whole student and not simply test scores, and we believe a focus on leadership and academics sets our students apart as future leaders. I am honored to partner with you in developing citizens who will be ready to lead our communities and solve our future challenges.

Next week are our Parent-Mentor Conferences. This opportunity allows you to visit with a mentor and ask questions about your student’s progress in their course. As LAU’s executive director, I also look forward to visiting with our families about student celebrations, challenges, or concerns. 

We remain committed to our students and invite our families to partner with us as we work to elevate education. I am always eager to learn as much as I can to enhance our student’s educational experience! 

Warmest regards,

John Tripp 

Executive Director, LAU


Action Items

Parent-Mentor Conferences are happening next week! Request a Parent-Mentor Conference or Parent-Mentor Email Update below:

  • If you’re happy with your student’s progress but still want a personal update from their mentor, request a Parent-Mentor Update by emailing your student’s mentor in SIS. The mentor will send you a detailed email describing how your student is doing and informing you of any concerns by September 16.
  • If you have a specific concern or in-depth question regarding one of your student’s courses, sign up for a Parent-Mentor Conference. These are 10-15 minute online meetings with the course mentor to get personalized insights on your student’s performance. Check your inbox for the link to sign up.

Parents of students in grades 6-11: Register your student for required state testing:. Please complete this 22-23 Assessments Survey to schedule your student’s assessment date and location, including the ACT. See the State Assessment Schedule for additional information on RISE, UTAP & ACT assessments. If you have additional questions, email melanie@lautah.org.

Register for our upcoming LAU Vision Webinar: To help inspire your family for the year ahead, we’re hosting a webinar on Tuesday, September 20, at 7:00 PM MT. John Tripp, our new Executive Director, and Adam Hailstone will host the webinar to fill you in on our big-picture vision and goals for the future of Leadership Academy of Utah (LAU) and Williamsburg Learning. Click here to register!



Self-paced course due date reminder:  Self-paced courses have new Late Policy and Pacing requirements. Students must complete all pre-midterm coursework by October 12 at 5:00 PM MT. All other coursework is due by the last day of the semester, December 17, at 5:00 PM MT. If your student is taking any self-paced courses, please encourage them to move through their course using the recommended pacing to ensure they complete their assignments before the midterm and final lock dates.


Upcoming Events

September 12-16: Parent Mentor Updates and Parent Mentor Conferences – We encourage you to sign up now! 

September 15: Inspiration Hour – 3:00 PM MT (Find details in Homeroom)

September 22: Thursday Night Live – 3:00 PM MT (Find details in Homeroom)