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Messages from the Head of School

Parents and other community members receive email messages from our Head of School Alan Sparrow about once every six weeks during the school year. These can be about a range of topics, from his observations about the school's progress on the goals of the Strategic Plan to what he's grateful for as the leader of our school. Sometimes Mr. Sparrow shares his take on an educational philosophy or child development book he's read or, most importantly, his pride at our students accomplishments. We hope you'll enjoy reviewing his letters here.


Head of School Alan Sparrow is an avid reader. He particularly enjoys reading about education and raising children. These are some of his most recommended reads for parents.

Blindspot, by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, by Claude Steele

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, by Jessica Lahey

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck

Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas, by Warren Berger

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Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
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