Weekly Parent Update – December 8, 2022

December 9, 2022

As we near the end of the semester, I love to reflect and see the incredible growth in our students. I feel a deep sense of meaning and gratitude as I see wonderful future leaders taking shape. 

This weekend may be quite busy in your home as your students prepare for the end-of-semester deadline on December 13 at 9:00 PM MT for live classes and December 16 at 5:00 PM MT for self-paced courses. Below are a few practical tips to help your student finish the semester successfully. 

Review assignments in Canvas after the midterm deadline and ensure that your student has submitted as many as possible. 

Review any submitted assignments with a low score; there will be comments or feedback from the mentor on how to improve the grade.

If your student can only complete some assignments by the deadline, please help them to prioritize and complete the assignments that hold a greater weight than others. You can find information about assignment group weighting on the homepage of each Canvas course.  

I’d also like to remind you that after next week, this Weekly Parent Update will be available exclusively through the Parent Info Center on our website (we won’t be sending it through email). Starting in January, a link to each Weekly Parent Update will be sent to you via Remind text message on Fridays. You’ll also receive a link to the Parent Info Center in your student’s Weekly Progress Report sent through SIS on Saturdays. If you aren’t already receiving our weekly Remind messages, you can join by following the simple directions found in the Announcement section of this email.

I wish your student the best of success in their exams, and I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday break!


Warm Regards,

John Tripp

Executive Director, Leadership Academy of Utah


Action Items

How was your LAU student onboarding experience this semester? Please let us know in this survey: Did you and your student have the resources you needed at the start of the school year? Please let us know in this short survey so we can improve your experience next semester! (Be sure to mark that your student attends LAU, not Williamsburg Academy.)

Remember to order your student’s winter books! Please review your student’s winter booklist in SIS and purchase any books or materials they will need for the upcoming semester.



How to opt in for Remind text messages: If you aren’t already receiving Remind messages, please sign up by following these simple instructions for new users or existing users and entering class code @kk94ckac63.

Does your child need health insurance? Through Utah Medicaid and CHIP, children can get doctor and dentist check-ups, mental health care, prescriptions, and more at little to no cost for those who qualify. See if you and your kids qualify by contacting coveringkids.health.utah.gov or calling 888-684-1559.

Habits for Student Success class: If your student is consistently behind in their courses, is feeling like they can’t keep up, or is anxious about their ability to succeed in the upcoming semester, this four-week class will help! You can find details and registration instructions here or contact  Angela Maloy at angela@lautah.org. Classes start January 17, 2023.


Upcoming Events

December 9 (Tonight!): Fat Cats Dinner and Bowling Night –6:00-8:45 PM MT

December 13: Assignments in live classes due before 9:00 PM MT

December 14: Study Day, No Class

December 15-16: Complete Final Exams

December 16: Assignments in self-paced courses and finals due before 5:00 PM MT

December 21: LAU Winter Wonderland activity

December 17-January 1: Winter Break

January 2: Study Day – Complete Orientation Assignments in Canvas

January 3: Winter Semester Live Courses Begin