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The Wellness Center encourages students to thrive

By: Maya Benmokhtar


 

     The Wellness center has and always will be a safe place for students. Everything is completely confidential at the wellness center, unless it involves hurting yourself or another. Wellness addresses multiple issues such as: stress, depression and anxiety, sexual orientation, drug and alcohol abuse, family issues, and more.

     Although many students think wellness center is an excuse to leave class, students need a permission slip/pass from their teacher, if the student fails to provide one they are to get one. Students with regular appointments participate in this program for one hour a week.

     Personally I have attended the wellness center on a few occasions. Not too long ago, I got in trouble with the law, and it brought me down mentally and physically, I didn’t know who to talk to but I definitely needed to get it off my chest. I went to wellness and requested an appointment with Kristen Edmonston. Two days after requesting my appointment the wellness center called me in, and after talking to Kristen, I felt so relieved that I got this out of my system without ever feeling judged. Kristen was a great listener and she made me realize that everyone makes mistakes they aren’t proud of at times, you just have to learn from them.

     If you feel that you need help, need to talk to someone who will listen without judging, drop by the wellness center Monday-Friday in room 126. They are here to help you in any way they can.

 

Early school starts and homework cause teen insomnia

By: Yen Morales

 

 

 

 

Teenagers  are typically known  for not getting enough sleep. The average amount of sleep that teenagers get is between 7 and 7 ¼ hours. However, they need between 9 and 9 ½ hours (studies show that most teenagers need exactly 9 ¼ hours of sleep). Teenagers aren’t getting enough sleep and have started becoming less productive in school and everyday life. But why are the reasons that teenagers don't get enough sleep? I came across Jackson Mckie , a friend and a student at Lincoln High School, i asked a couple of questions about how well he was sleeping on school nights.“ I don’t really get enough sleep because i usually get home from work at 9 pm and start doing homework, next thing i know it's already 1 am  i have 5 hours of sleep, sometimes less because i play a lot of video games”. So maybe playtime does cause our students to have sleep deprivation,  recent study , on the huff post,shows that having a poor work-life balance, stress, and worry can all affect how much and how well a person sleeps. These kinds of stressors can lead to further inflammation and health problems in addition to lack of sleep.
What do teachers think about their kids being sleep deprived?. According to a publication in 2007 , 20 percent of high school students fall asleep in class i decided to ask my health teacher , Ms. Erickson, if she’s been a witness of sleep deprivation in her students, “Everyday there is at least one person that falls asleep in class, people are tired, if they aren’t asleep they would take a nap if they could” “ i encourage students to read a book or listen to music to fall asleep, because mobile and electronic devices keep them awake.” In 2013,  33 percent of students fall asleep in class and 40 percent of students get 6 or fewer hours of sleep. How do students have time to do homework? Simple answer, they don’t. Ms. Lee a new teacher at Abraham Lincoln High school stated “it most definitely impacts their brain function and their productivity” Studies show that teenagers who get less sleep are more likely to get poor grades in school, fall asleep in school, and have school tardiness/absences, according to a bbc.com article..

What does the SFUSD have to say about this? Unfortunately I couldn't find any articles on the school district talking about the importance of sleep in kids, but i did find the following data. Some high schools start as early as 7:00 AM, meaning that some teenagers have to get up as early as 5:00 AM to get ready for and travel to school. This subject has been debated heavily since schools began starting earlier and earlier. Some argue that early school start times are beneficial because they prepare young people to get up early, like they will have to do in the work force. Another argument against a later school time states that it is an inconvenience for families since many parents take kids to school on their way to work.
Students should start sleeping earlier and schools should not demand homework that often because it clearly interferes with our young productivity.

 

Lincoln High's bathrooms have a serious problem

By: Elizah Lopez

 

Many students around Abraham Lincoln High School have been complaining about how filthy our student restrooms are. Doors don’t lock, people don’t flush, clogged toilets, scratchy mirrors, our bathrooms are rarely ever clean. School restrooms that aren’t kept clean can threaten the health of students.

It's not just the schools fault for dirty restrooms, it's ours as well. If you don't want to clean your mess why would someone else want to?

We need to respect our restrooms and clean up after ourselves like we would do with the restrooms in our homes.

I think that our restrooms should be cleaned more often, and are in need of new improvements such as new mirrors, new locks, and maybe even a pad dispensary that charges 25 cents in the girls bathroom.

Not only does the girls restroom need improvements, the boys restroom needs some work as well. Alexis Velasquez, a freshman at ALHS believes that instead of urinals, the boys restroom should have stalls so people can have privacy.

He also talked about how the boys restroom stinks so much, it sometimes reeks up the hallways..

“I walked into the boy's bathroom to change and the floors were all wet, the boys bathrooms are so nasty. I don’t even want to use them, I prefer to hold it in.” says Velasquez

“I seen pad dispensaries at other schools bathrooms that charge 25 cents and I feel like it’s a great idea for the girls bathroom to have pads just in case of an emergency”, says Safaa Hussein, a senior at ALHS.

She also said that when she steps into the restroom she feels grossed out. There’s barely ever clean stalls that don’t have pee on the toilet seats, or dirty pads thrown around, and improvements are needed.

“The boys bathrooms are bad, the girls bathrooms are worse bloody pads and tampons tossed around everywhere” says Gertrudes, a janitor at ALHS.

She believes that we need to start acting like adults and clean up after the mess we make and I couldn't agree more.

Remember to flush and throw your trash in the trash can!

 

Students' lack of sleep affects their preformance

By: Nelson Ma

 


 

Students should get in the habit of waking up early, and make it a daily routine to repeat throughout the school year. Being a senior at Lincoln it’s become routine for me, because I have been waking up early every day for school for the past four years. I believe that it’s important for students to come to school attentive and ready to learn, rather than being tired and unfocused; due to lack of sleep from staying up late at night. Many students say that they’re not receiving enough sleep, because of the amount of homework that they are assigned for their daily classes each night.

     

Studies have shown data of how the amount of sleep each student receives each night can affect their academic performances, mental, and physical health. The Atlantic Daily states that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention encourages that students get at least 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep each night.

  

The Principal of the school, Shari Balisi, agreed that students are expected to wake up early in the morning. “The majority of students fall into the category of sleeping late, and are not prepared for school the next day. Students minds are growing and there needs to be a balance in their sleep, and work schedules at home,” says Balisi.

 

The Wellness Center believes that school should begin as early as 8:00 am, because students need to be trained to get up early in the morning. This allows them to be more attentive in school or at work when they’re older.

 

Wellness staff Ian Enriquez said,“When I was in high school, class started at 7:15 am, and it has become an instinct for me to sleep early and wake up early. Sleep is important for students to be prepared for the next day and come to school feeling refreshed and ready to go. Many students come to Wellness more in the afternoon than the morning to ditch classes rather than seeking actual Wellness support, and students are more distracted towards the end of the day, and ending later would be better for students.”

 

Luke Park, senior at Lincoln says, ”Compared to freshman year, I’ve been getting a lot less sleep, because of piles homework each night from classes. School has been stressful, because of the lack of sleep.”

 

Park dislikes the fact that school starts so early every day. He sleeps late due to doing homework and projects for his daily classes, and isn’t always prepared for the next day. He says that it’s been a routine for him now, but he still feels overworked and tired most of the time.

 

Overall the biggest ideas about school starting early are positive. Balisi believes that students are expected to wake up early in the morning, because their minds are growing. There needs to be a balance in their sleep, and work schedules at home. Ian from the Wellness center states that sleep is important for students to be prepared for the next day and come to school feeling refreshed and ready to go. Also The Atlantic Daily states that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention stresses that students get at least 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep each night.

 

 

Editorial: There is no clear answer to the gun law debate

By: The Lincoln Log Staff


 

There is no clear answer to the debate on gun laws

On October 1st, 2017, a gunman fired rounds at a crowd attending the music concert next to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino hotel in Las Vegas. 500 people were injured and at least 58 were killed, resulting in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman was identified as 64 year old Stephen Paddock, found dead in his hotel room when law enforcement entered.

How can we prevent a mass shooting like this from occurring in the future? At the very least, how can we minimize the chances? Depending on which political side one leans toward, the answer is either to place stricter regulations on the process of obtaining firearms or that guns have no bearing on the issue; it’s solely on people and the choices they make.

In truth, it’s impossible to conclude right now whether or not guns cause violence or places with high rates of violent crime result in more gun ownership. We don’t have enough evidence from studies to prove either side. One fact is clear, though: the more guns there are, the more gun-related violence there is. The rate of violent crime is completely separate.

For example, in 1996, an American had a higher chance of being shot to death compared to 35 other wealthy countries but a lower chance of being murdered in general compared to the same countries.

This goes to show that statistics, while objective, can be misleading. Another example of confounding data is when helmets were introduced in modern warfare, yet the rate of head injuries increased. This is because fatal injuries were being prevented by the helmets, like falling debris or bullet wounds.

So if neither side of the argument can be proven and statistics aren’t infallible, how do we know what is correct? One might turn to firearm safety legislature and compare the rates of gun violence between different states or even countries.

Japan is a prime example of strict gun law: citizens are only allowed to own hunting rifles and shotguns. No semi-automatic pistols (which count for the majority of all gun homicides in the US) or any kind of semi-automatic guns in general, along with fully automatic guns are available to normal people.

(For the uninformed, semi-automatic firearms refer to those that automatically reload but only fire once when the trigger is pulled. Fully automatic firearms continuously fire when the trigger is held.) The process to obtain a legal firearm is also extremely long, often taking several months.

Yet, many point out that Japan and the US are two vastly different countries. Heck, people in Japan aren’t even allowed to own swords. Wouldn’t that infringe on the our right to self-preservation? Don’t our laws let us bear arms for the right to self-preservation?

The law, by the way, is also quite vague. The confusion dates all the way back to the 2nd amendment, where it was written that "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." To this day, no one knows for sure what “arms” includes or doesn’t include, as well as whether or not the clause gives said right to state militias or all people.

In modern times, legislature hasn’t become any clearer. For one, it’s already difficult enough to find official government laws regarding firearms. We only have acts passed over the years ranging from the Federal Firearms Act of 1938, which required gun sellers to be licensed, to the Federal Assault Weapons Ban from 1994 to 2004, which banned a variety of semi-automatic guns. However, since it expired in 2004, it is no longer federal law.

When it comes to how these acts are passed, we must also take into account the NRA. The National Rifle Association is an organization that apparently has a great deal of power over Congress and politicians, spending massive amounts of money lobbying . 49 out of 100 senators and 258 out of 435 House Representatives have accepted donations from the organization. Thus, while 90% of all Americans supported universal background checks in 2012, after the Newtown killings, no federal action was taken.

So in the end, it’s doubtful whether US legislature properly reflects the state of firearm safety, few can make heads or tails of the real relationship between gun violence and gun ownership, and the US can’t really be compared with other countries due to population, historical, cultural, and economic differences.

When it comes down to it, one can only attempt to consider the circumstantial evidence as impartially as possible and make an individual decision to adopt a certain point of view. Oftentimes, there is no correct belief, only a weighing of values and experiences.

Lincoln needs to prepare for potential school shootings

By: Gordan Liang

 


 

Emergencies happen all the time, and for the most part, we’re prepared. But are we prepared for the right emergencies?

Lance Tagomori, our assistant principal said, “Over the last 20 years, there have been over 200 fatalities based on shootings at school and we don’t practice that drill enough. There have been 0 fatalities based on fires.”

According to www..safehaveninternational.org, 2012 had a total of about 23 school fatalities from a gunman.

It seems like practicing lockout and lockdown drills are just as important as practicing fire drills and earthquake drills.

Ever since elementary school, we’ve practiced drills in case of fires or earthquakes but how often have we practiced a lockout drill and lockdown drill?

Sometime in the middle of last year, a lockout procedure had been called for, an emergency procedure in which not many students had heard about. I was walking back to class from the bathroom when I saw the security guards locking the doors. At first, I thought that the security guards usually lock the doors. Later on, I found out that it was much more serious.

Many students thought that I meant lockdown when I told them that a lockout procedure had happened recently. We need to practice the lockdown and lockout procedures more often so people understand the difference if the time ever comes.

    “You have to look at what is the highest percentage of fatalities in the United States at school. Number one, unfortunately is the active shooter that requires a lockdown procedure,” stated Tagomori.