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Challenge Success



Lynbrook High School is participating in a program called Challenge Success which was developed by education and child development experts in conjunction with the Stanford Graduate School of Education.  This program is dedicated to ensuring not only the academic success of all students, but also, the success of students as whole human beings.  Lynbrook’s partnership with Challenge Success is funded by the Lynbrook PTSA, and is focused on parent, student, and staff education.  This section of the LHS website is dedicated to providing links and information about the importance of the development of students as whole individuals.  We hope you will visit this page often and become a part of the conversation about how to best serve the needs of our diverse student body.


If you would like to be on the mailing list for event reminders and more information, or ask questions about the program, please send an email to lhsreducestress@gmail.com




  • Teens need about 8.5 to 9.25 hours of sleep every night.  Our LHS students average 6.5 hours of sleep and 63% of LHS students report suffering from exhaustion.
  • Teens who go to bed after midnight are 24% more likely to suffer depression and 20% more likely to think about harming themselves than teens who go to bed at or before 10:00pm.
  • One in four high school kids has significant symptoms of either depression or an anxiety disorder.
  • “Besides genetics, perfectionism is the strongest predictor of clinical depression.” -  Madeline Levine, cofounder of Challenge Success.




  • Tell your child (and yourself) that sleep is nutrition for the brain.  According to Dr. Rafael Pelayo, a sleep specialist at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, “Your brain needs sleep.  It’s like its nutrition.”  He also says, “Getting adequate sleep is essential to your well-being.”
  • Help your teen set priorities, and reward your teen for getting enough sleep.
  • Encourage your teen to drop an activity or class if he or she is not getting enough sleep.
  • Do not push your teen (or yourself) to be perfect.











1. Ask your child: “How was your day? Learn anything interesting? Get to spend time with friends?” instead of "How did you do on the math test?"


2. Resist the urge to correct the errors in your child's homework. It's your child's work, not yours.


3. Work done with integrity is more important than an A. Pressure to achieve only top scores can make students resort to cheating.


4. Make time for PDF: playtime, downtime, family time. Research shows PDF is critical for overall well-being.


5. Create a technology-free environment during mealtimes. Every adult and child can benefit from a break from constant interruptions and distractions.


6. Collaborate with your child's teachers. Assume best intentions and work together to solve problems.


7. Fight the temptation to bring your child’s forgotten homework to school. Kids gain resilience by learning from small failures.


8. An extra hour of sleep is more valuable than an extra hour of studying. Research shows sleep deprivation can be associated with depression and anxiety.


9. When your child wants to talk with you, stop what you are doing and engage. Does "I hate school" really mean "I am being bullied" or "I don't fit in?"


10. Help your child develop his or her interests and strengths. Discover what your child really loves to do outside of school, not what you think a college admissions officer would like to see on an application.