Dangers of sleep deprivation to teens

  There have been numerous sleep studies focusing on the dangers that sleep deprivation causes to students, especially teens including: including an inability to concentrate poor grades drowsy-driving incidents anxiety depression thoughts of suicide even suicide attempts Currently in PA according to  startschoollater.net  State Rep. Tim Briggs is reintroducing his legislation House Bill 2105 from last session as House Bill 762.  It will require the PA Department of Education to conduct a study of issues, benefits and options related to instituting a later start time to the school day in secondary schools. He currently has 15 co-signers…

Helping teens find purpose

  “Project Wayfinder was born out of trying to make advisory more meaningful,” Cook-Deegan said. “And it was born out of a question about how you get students to develop a sense of purpose in their lives, which for the most part high school doesn’t really do.” Cook-Deegan believes purpose is a critical component of adolescent development that is utterly lacking from traditional high schools. His theory is based largely on the work of Stanford psychologist William Damon, who says a sense of purpose is “the long-term, number…

Lotus at Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary

Lotus students and staff visited Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary during the first week of school as a part of the initial orientation program. At the refuge, students learned to read a map in order to navigate the trail system. The beautiful day and lovely setting allowed students and staff to enjoy time together outside the classroom as they identified birds from behind the bird blind and hiked together to an overlook along the Delaware River.

Lotus Volunteers

The Lotus School is committed to service learning as part of our broader curriculum. In the following photos, Lotus students are helping to load and unload a large trailer for the St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Ottsville, PA. Twice a year we help the church community prepare for their Rummage and Bake Sale. It will be held October 12, 13, 14, opening at 9am.

Small Schools Achieving Happiness and Community

A statewide poll mentioned during a recent Central Bucks School District board found that unhappiness was widespread and even corrosive throughout our high schools. Forty percent of students indicated that they were significantly unhappy most days at school. Adolescence is a time of transition and happiness is a pretty subjective term, but something significant is going on here. Teenagers have four fundamental worlds: family, self, peers, and school. Often, their families are under a great deal of pressure as work demands increase, parents are less likely to be involved in schools. Families…

Teenagers and Sleep

Water, Air, Sleep. These are the absolute basics for human life. How to make sleep work teens! Solutions: Make sleep a priority. Review Teen Time in this toolkit and keep a sleep diary. Decide what you need to change to get enough sleep to stay healthy, happy, and smart! Naps can help pick you up and make you work more efficiently, if you plan them right. Naps that are too long or too close to bedtime can interfere with your regular sleep. Make your room a sleep haven. Keep it cool, quiet…

Lotus Students’ Art on Exhibit at Rep. Quinn’s Office

Lotus Students Participate in Representative Marguerite Quinn’s Monthly Art Exhibit Art students from the Lotus School of Liberal Arts where chosen to participate in an art exhibit at Representative Quinn’s local office. The exhibit will open with a reception on Tuesday evening, May 2. Please plan to attend the opening to honor our students. The office is located at: 1032 North Easton Road Doylestown PA 18902

Just Breathe

Just Breathe: Mindfulness may help freshman stress less and smile more UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Mindfulness training may be one way to help students successfully transition to college life, according to Penn State researchers. The first semester of college is a time of great transition for many students — they often are living away from home for the first time, have a much more fluid schedule than in high school and are potentially surrounded by a new peer group. For all of these reasons and more, this can be an incredibly stressful…