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…

Some tips for transitioning to the new school year

According to Emily Kircher-Morris, LPC: It never fails: When August rolls around, parents begin calling the office. They are calling about their child, who made so much progress toward the end of the previous spring that we reduced or eliminated sessions. But as soon as the back-to-school supplies show up in stores, sleep patterns are disrupted, instances of acting out increase, and general chaos begins. Continue Reading      

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…

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…

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