Teens Sleep and Anxiety

Reserve your free seat now Del Val Feb 27th @ 7pm Life Science Building The problem of sleep deprivation in teens is a concerning public health issue here is Pennsylvania. "it’s a radical thought, but what if the behavior we casually dismiss as “teenage angst” — the moodiness, the constant battles, the sleeping all day, the reckless, impulsive and careless behavior — is not in fact a normal part of being a teen? Or at least, not to the degree we assume it is. What if instead we are doing our teenagers a disservice by writing off as “normal” what are in reality the symptoms of chronic and severe sleep deprivation?" Sleep deprivation puts teenagers into a kind of perpetual cloud or haze, explains Dr. Mary Carskadon, a professor of psychiatry at Brown University and director of chronobiology and sleep research at Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island. “One of the metaphors I use is that it’s like having an astigmatism. You don’t realize how bad your vision is until you get glasses or in this case, good sleep.” That haze, she says, can negatively affect teenager’s mood, ability to think, to react, to regulate their emotions, to learn and to get along with adults. read more     Senate Resolution 417: RESOLVED, That the Senate direct the Joint State Government Commission to establish an advisory committee to conduct a comprehensive study of issues, benefits and options related to instituting a later start time to the school day at  secondary schools in this Commonwealth. read full Resolution Here

Civic engagement can help teens thrive later in life

At The Lotus School, students participate in various ways in civic activities. This year we helped a shelter with a supply drive, worked with the church group, in Ottsville,with their biannual rummage sale. The students participate in student government, and all get a chance to add to an agenda, speak up for their views with the group and enact change on a very local level. The students also know that the health of our community is in their hands and that kindness to each other and to ourselves is the way…

The Call for Mindfulness in School

“Under duress we don’t rise to our expectations, we fall to our level of training.” -Bruce Lee According to Mindfulschools.org: School can be a stressful place and stress impairs attention, emotion and mood regulation, sleep, and learning readiness daily in American classrooms. Even more troubling, prolonged exposure to childhood toxic stress has lifelong impacts on mental and physical health. Practicing mindfulness can reduce our feeling of being overwhelmed and busy and can give us a sense of self. When mindfulness is practiced in school according to The Holistic Life Foundation, a non-profit that has…

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…