LAPS Promotes ‘Show Up! It Matters!’ Theme

Los Alamos Daily Post
Student Intern

The 80th day of school is today, Dec. 1, and Los Alamos Public Schools will be celebrating all of the hard work that students and staff have put into this year so far by promoting the theme “Show Up! It Matters!” This theme was developed right here in Los Alamos.

Students can participate in the Show Up! part of the theme by:

  • fostering healthy life skills;
  • asking for help when needed;
  • creating a positive climate about school; and
  • taking ownership of grades and homework.

“Let’s keep in mind, if we don’t Show Up! we will miss our friends and important learning opportunities.” LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said.

The It Matters! portion of the theme includes:

  •  setting goals for learning;
  • using innovative ideas;
  • empowering students and staff;
  • assuring that school is a safe place; and
  • working together to help create the “it matters” mentality.

“Let’s keep in mind, It Matters! to each and every student, parent and LAPS staff member,” Steinhaus said. “I greatly appreciate LAPS staff members for loyally showing up and making a positive difference for students. The theme for this school year is simply a motivational reminder. ‘Show Up! It Matters!’ I want to ensure that our teachers and staff know that we recognize their hard work and dedication. Every day, staff are inside and outside the classroom helping students with new learning about better ways to read, write, and understand mathematics.”

Students can participate in the It Matters! portion of the theme by:

  • bringing their homework;
  • participating in class;
  • being a contributor in the classroom helping teachers, students, and staff members;
  • volunteering for projects inside and outside of the classroom; and
  • completing a random act of kindness.

“Los Alamos Public Schools would like to send a special thank you to Zia Credit Union, LAPS Foundation, Leadership Los Alamos, and Los Alamos Rotary Club,” Steinhaus said. “These community members gave LAPS their time, and resources such as money. We have volunteers show up at our schools just to say, ‘Thank you, for coming to school. You are showing up and you’re going to matter at school today.’”

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