Weekly Parent Email – August 5, 2022

August 5, 2022

This week I was reviewing the Williamsburg Academy Student Handbook. As always, the part that stood out most to me was our mission statement: to “prepare students for meaningful lives as principled leaders.”

As I reflect personally on the past four years since coming to Williamsburg, I have seen myself create more meaning and purpose in my life as a result of being around this culture and the students, colleagues, and parents that are part of it.

Even the language we use to describe our educational experience is meaningful. Mentors rather than teachers, educational trail or path, mentoring, guiding, and supporting, instead of teaching.

These all point to the fact that your children are on a journey, a life journey, and our role is to support, guide, and empower them to find their path and live it to the fullest.

As the late Sir Ken Robinson said, “Life is not linear. When you follow your own true north you create new opportunities, meet different people, have different experiences and create a different life.”

This has certainly been true for me, and my hope is that it will be for you and your family this year at Williamsburg.


Ross Gilbert

Headmaster, Williamsburg Academy


Action Items

Complete the Pre-Start Checklist: The Pre-Start Checklist is designed to help you start the semester off right! Please complete each task on the list to ensure your student has a smooth start to their school year.



Online Parent and Student Orientation: Our live-online orientation will be next week on Tuesday, August 9 from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM MT. Director of Academics, Rob Noorda, will lead the session, and it’ll be a great way to kick off the year ahead! You will receive a link via email to join orientation in Zoom.


Upcoming Events

August 9: Online New Parent and Student Orientation – 6:00 PM-7:00 PM MT

August 15: WA First Day of Classes