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Percussion Ensemble

Full Year Course   This ensemble is for gr 7/8 students who are not in Band Ensemble and are interested in learning techniques and performance skills on pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. The ensemble will perform globally diverse music styles and genres, as well as, their own class composition. This course will take place during the school day and will require an on-campus performance.      Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 14

Drawing for Architects, Designers and Engineers

Before creating a 3-D structure or object, the ability to transfer concepts from imagination to drawings is an important and necessary skill for architects, designers, and engineers. This course focuses on a variety of topics and skills including 1, 2 and 3-point perspective drawing, product rendering, how to draw interiors and exteriors, urban sketching, how to draw vehicles, and orthographic projection basics.   Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

English 5

The 5th grade English curriculum integrates reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the study of vocabulary and grammar in a way that supports them in building a broad and diverse set of literacy skills. Different genre novels are explored throughout the year, along with learning to write in that style: Historical fiction, realistic fiction, non-fiction, and Fantasy/Mythology. Each writing assignment spans several lessons and guides students through a writing process that begins with prewr... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

English 6

In sixth grade Language and Literature, students enhance their skills in four core areas: analysis, organization, producing text, and using language. We read four core texts: Wonder by RJ Palacio, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Outsiders by SE Hinton, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. With each of these texts, we explore themes of courage, kindness, loyalty, freedom, and the importance of staying true to yourself. Each book also focuses on the variety of ways you can be an upsta... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

English 7

Students in seventh grade Language & Literature focus on the four Language Arts components: writing, reading, speaking and listening. Students in this course are expected to do the following: engage in independent, self-selected readings as well as teacher-assigned readings; read for meaning and thematic analysis in literature; make associations and connections between literature and real-world concepts; learn to analyze different types of selections (such as short stories, novels, primar... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

English 8

Students in eighth grade Language & Literature focus on the concept of “big ideas” which takes them into lifelong adventures in learning that are both within and across disciplines and subjects. Four key ideas that have been identified as the framework for language and literature are communication, connections, creativity, and perspective, and four objectives are used to set standards for evaluation:  analyzing, organizing, producing text, and using language. In Language &... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Prehistory & the Rise of Civilization, Grade 5  

Fifth graders step back in time to learn about Prehistory and the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, China and India. They learn about humans' complex lives through the lenses of geography, religion, achievements, politics, economy, and social structure. Students use their knowledge to understand the impact on today's world. Etymology is also incorporated as a yearlong vocabulary unit of study focused on the use of Greek morphemes.    Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Ancient History, Grade 6  

In Sixth Grade, students look at present times through Ancient History. We study the major themes of Social Studies like Geography, Economy, Government, and Human Rights through directed Units of inquiry. The course begins with an intentional building of community and understanding of various cultures and diversity. We then move into Human Rights, where students study, reflect on, and evaluate Speeches and, in turn, deliver a Human Rights Speech of their own. We then pick up where fifth grade... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

American History, Grade 7

Students in seventh grade will learn about the history of the United States. From the first Americans up to the 20th Century. As we learn about history, we will be looking at various perspectives on the impact of major events in the past. We will learn about the country's history through eight historical themes:  Patterns of Population    Power    Trade and Exchange   Access to Resources    Expressing Identity    Science, Technology and the Envir... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Global History, Grade 8

In Eighth Grade, our central theme is globalization. Our key focus within globalization is how trade and technology have made the world into a more connected interdependent place but has also led to worldwide conflicts and economic problems. We do this through a series of aligned historical events which are outlined in the following units of study:   The Industrial Revolution   The Age of Imperialism   World War I   The Worldwide Great Depression   The Rise of ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math 5

This course is aligned with the National Standards for fifth-grade mathematics and focuses on three critical areas. First, the students will become skilled at the addition and subtraction of fractions. They will continue to develop an understanding of the multiplication of fractions and learn to do some simple division of fractions. The students use the meaning of fractions, multiplication and division to understand why the processes for multiplying and dividing fractions make sense. Second, ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math 6

Sixth Grade Math focuses primarily on four areas. First, the sixth-grade math student will continue to build on fifth-grade fractional concepts and relationships and expand on their understanding of fractional division. In addition, the student will extend their understanding of the number system and quantities to include working with rational numbers such as signed integers. They will also apply reasoning about order and absolute value with regard to the location on the coordinate plane. Als... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math 7

Seventh grade integrated math focuses on building skills in all five of the mathematics standards – Number System, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. We will focus on building computation skills, problem-solving strategies, improving communication with a mathematical focus, and reflecting upon the findings. The course will stress the essential role of mathematics within the school and in society: mathematics as a universal language, promoting analytical reasoning and pro... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math 8

Eighth Grade Math is the culminating integrated mathematics course for Middle School students to prepare them for high school level courses. The course is an integrated, spiraling approach to several branches of mathematics. It builds on what students learned in grades 5-7 mathematics courses and delves deeper into the different branches. Students further explore topics in the Number System, Expressions and Equations, Functions-this begins the formal study of functions, Geometry, and Statisti... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math 9 SL

The MYP Math SL course is an integrated math course that will provide students with the background information leading to the rigorous study of math at the DP level in 11th grade. This course concentrates on mathematics that includes topics from algebra, geometry, statistics, probability, financial math, trigonometry, and matrices. In each of the areas, the focus is on learning basic techniques and then applying them in higher-order problem-solving. The integrated approach allows skills learn... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math 9 HL

The MYP Math HL course is an integrated math course that will provide students with the background information leading to the rigorous study of math at the DP level in 11th grade. This course is designed for the student who has shown a propensity towards math and thus can move at a faster pace than the standard level. This course concentrates on mathematics that includes topics from algebra, geometry, statistics, probability, financial math, trigonometry, and matrices. Additional topics in va... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math 10 SL

The MYP Math SL course is an integrated math course that will provide students with the presumed knowledge required for the IB course Mathematics SL. This course will prepare the student for the rigor and type of math that they will study in their DP course. This course concentrates on mathematics that includes advanced algebra techniques, coordinate geometry extended to three dimensions, advanced trigonometry including identities, probability and statistics, applications of exponents and log... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Integrated Science, Grade 5

The fifth-grade year is an introduction to the big three areas of science covered throughout the Middle Years Programme, which are Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. This year, students will gain an overall perspective on scientific inquiry, along with the processes of experimentation and measurement. Students will need to collaborate, ponder, question, examine closely and be prepared to try multiple avenues in order to grasp the concepts we shall face throughout the course of... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Earth Science, Grade 6

Sixth-grade students will be learning Earth and Space Science. As a part of the course, students will be using multiple sources, but their primary textbook is the McGraw-Hill Earth and Space IScience Online Textbook (2017). The Earth and Space Curricula includes three major sections: Geology, Weather and Climate, and Space. Throughout the year, students will actively engage in these three topics in conjunction with the MYP Year 1 science curriculum. While exploring geology, students will have... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Life Science, Grade 7

In seventh grade Life Science, the students explore three disciplinary core ideas 1) From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes 2) Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, and 4) Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. They will study topics such as characteristics of living things, classification, cell transport, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, human body systems, and genetics. Throughout each unit, the students participate in a variety of hands-on activities and la... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Physical Science, Grade 8

This course is a preparatory science course for Upper School physics and chemistry. The students will be reintroduced to scientific inquiry, including the scientific method, hypothesis writing, and experimental design. There will be an emphasis on critical thinking of experimental design and the peer-review process. Throughout the course, students will gain hands-on experience in scientific measurement, the use of laboratory equipment, basic science related math, and how to be safe in a schoo... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Biology SL, Grade 9

Biology SL: The Biology SL curriculum is designed as an entry-level course that gives students an opportunity to develop a working knowledge of biological concepts. It is designed to prepare them for college-level courses in biological sciences. Topics include cell structure and function, the chemistry of life, cellular division, and genetics. Students will be challenged to use critical thinking skills to solve problems presented in a laboratory setting. The course emphasizes uniformity as we... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Biology HL, Grade 9

While covering essentially the same core materials taught in Biology SL, the Biology HL goes into greater depth. Cellular processes are examined in detail, with additional time spent on chemical pathways of key processes, applied genetic studies and immunology. As in Biology SL, students will be challenged to use critical thinking skills to solve problems presented in a laboratory setting. The course emphasizes uniformity as well as diversity among organisms. It also provides exposure to the ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Chemistry HL, Grade 10

This course is designed for the student who might be interested in pursuing a science major in college and/or a career in the sciences. The course content is similar to Pre-Diploma Chemistry SL, except that this course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of fundamentals and the course content is covered at an accelerated pace. Computer technology is integrated into some of the units of the curriculum. Analytical thought is developed through the application of problem-solving skil... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Chemistry Studies, Grade 10

Prerequisite: Biology SL, Biology HL (with approval) This course is designed to prepare the student for college chemistry by providing the student with a fundamental understanding of the composition and structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. Content from this survey course includes atomic structure, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, thermodynamics, organic chemistry and acid-base. Analytical thought is developed through the application of problem-solving skills to che... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Physics SL

Prerequisite: Chemistry HL, Chemistry Studies (11th and 12th), Chemistry SL (11th & 12th) Physics SL provides a broad overview of introductory level physics topics that include: one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion (or projectile motion) with motion graphs, classical mechanics and analysis using Newton’s laws, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, work and power, simple harmonic motion, electricity, simple circuits, magnetism, optics, special relativity and b... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Physics HL

Prerequsite: Chemistry HL Physics HL provides an in-depth overview of introductory level physics topics that include: one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion (or projectile motion) with motion graphs, classical mechanics and analysis using Newton’s laws, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, work and power, simple harmonic motion, electricity, simple circuits, magnetism, optics, engineering principles and modern physics topics including both special and general relativit... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Chemistry SL

This course is designed to prepare the student for college chemistry by providing the student with a fundamental understanding of the composition and structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. Content from this survey course includes atomic structure, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, thermodynamics, organic chemistry, and acid-base. Analytical thought is developed through the application of problem-solving skills to chemical computation and the use of the scientific metho... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Mandarin, Grade 5

The 5th grade course is designed to builds students' understanding of the Chinese language and culture with themes and subjects that are relevant to their daily lives. Students will learn pinyin, Chinese radicals, strokes, basic greetings and introductions. The lessons are developed for fifth-grade students' level, including listening, speaking, reading and writing (w/basic grammar). Online activities will make learning fun, effective and get self-feedback from lessons. After each les... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Mandarin, Grade 6

The 6th grade students are going to review lessons have taken before, and they will keep learning phonetic and writing system (including Chinese radicals and strokes). The course continues to learn the Chinese language and culture with themes and subjects that are relevant to their daily lives. The course focuses on students becoming fluent speakers, more sophisticated listeners through building reading comprehension and the creation of short essays. The online lessons and activities will mak... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Mandarin, Grade 7

The goal of the course will keep practicing daily conversations to compare diverse cultures around the world. Students will also keep learning word structure, sentence grammar, paragraph structure with comprehensive readings to analyze and be a good problem solver; write short essays with all kinds of topics; understand dialogues by native Chinese speakers with complicated listening. The course will be expected to frequently present your own ideas and understand all examples in Chinese.    Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Mandarin, Grade 8

The goal of the course is for students to become proficient in the target language. More complex exercises that require good listening skills are practiced for students' understanding of dialogues by native Chinese speakers. It's expected for students to frequently present their own ideas and understand all examples in Chinese. During the various discussions about the cultural presentations, students shared their ideas and brought up inquiries about the significance of Chinese customs... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish, Grade 5

The MYP Spanish Grade 5 course introduces the students to the basics of Spanish language and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Although this course lasts only one trimester, lessons will include real case scenarios, meaningful conversation, and grammar when applicable. In every class we are going to use the four skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking while learning useful vocabulary, grammatical structures, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation.  The units cover a ser... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish, Grade 6

In 6th grade, students will focus on the three modes of communication-interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive. Students learn how to say what they like and do not like to do, where they are from, describe themselves and others, identify people and things, how they feel, what must do, how often they do it, classes, classroom objects and daily schedules They are able to discuss a range of topics such as their favorite activities, their family and friends, celebrations, and vacation plan... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish, Grade 7

In our 7th grade course, students are challenged to build on what they learned in 6th grade in order to communicate with increasing complexity over topics related to self, daily life, and community. Our units this year revolve along content related to describing ourselves and others, school and leisure routines, events in the community, home and chores, and traditions. At this level, students are expected to express themselves by using words, phrases or short sentences (sometimes memorized). ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish, Grade 8, SL and HL

In 8th grade, students are honing their linguistic skills in preparation for Upper School. This is the year in which many students progress from Novice High to Intermediate Low communicators. To do that, students must be willing to push themselves to communicate in Spanish and strive to immerse themselves in the language whenever possible. Although they still have a limited range of topics about which they can communicate, students will be working to go beyond using simple memorized phrases o... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

French, Grade 5

The MYP French Grade 5 course introduces the students to the basics of the French language and the cultures of French-speaking countries. Lessons will include commonly used vocabulary, grammatical structures, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation. The trimester is organized into two main units: Greetings and Hobbies. The units cover a series of topics that allow the students to learn, practice and develop their language skills, collaborate with peers, foster creative thinking, and enhance ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

French, Grade 6

The MYP French Grade 6 course allows the students to develop a basic level of French language acquisition and explore the cultures of French-speaking countries. Lessons will include grammatical structures, commonly used vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation. Instruction focuses on the development of the students' speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in French. The year is organized into main units such as: greetings, hobbies, school life, weather and time, famil... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

French, Grade 7

The MYP French Grade 7 commits the students to a higher level of language acquisition and deeper cultural understanding of French-speaking countries. Lessons will include grammatical structures, commonly used vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation. Instruction focuses on the development of the students' speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in French. The year is organized into main units such as: recent past, clothing, shopping, directions, body parts and daily r... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

French, Grade 8

The MYP French Grade 8 course builds upon previous levels of language acquisition and deeper cultural understanding of French-speaking countries. Lessons will include grammatical structures, commonly used vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation. Instruction focuses on the development of the students' speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in French. The year is organized into main units such as: simple past, holidays, artistic expressions, daily routine and traditio... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish I

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication. A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more. This course will introduce students ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish II SL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication. A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more. This course will introduce students ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Spanish II HL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication. A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more. This course will introduce students ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Visual Arts, Grade 5 - 8

Trimester Course    Visual Arts courses in Middle School at Lausanne encourage learning around the creative cycle – an ongoing process of sensing, planning, creating, and evaluating work. The Elements of Art and Principles of Design focus on developing the foundation for creative ideas. In addition, students will use various media such as drawing, painting, sculpting, handicrafts. Also, students will learn about art history and artistic techniques/processes to investigate concepts... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Photography

This course involves the study of analog and digital photography as both an art form and a technical skill. Areas covered include the history of photography, composition, development of the photographic eye, basic camera techniques and analog photographic chemical processing in a lab environment. During this course, students will become accomplished users of Adobe Photoshop software, producing digital work that engages all the fundamental elements and principles of visual art and design in or... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Multimedia Arts

This course requires technical skills to integrate two or more forms of media. Students are provided an introduction to the creation of original digital works in the disciplines of logo design, digital illustration, infographic design, web design, animation, stop motion animation, and video editing using software applications such as Adobe CC, and iMovie, as well as HTML coding, CSS coding, and various other computer software applications and processes. Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Sculpture

This course is an introduction to the basic elements, techniques, and history of sculpture. The student will focus on individual artistic development, using both traditional and nontraditional three-dimensional materials such as wood, plaster, metal, mold-making, and casting. Students will gain an appreciation for and knowledge of sculptural form through hands-on projects. Students will emphasize careful consideration of craft, form, space, site, presentation, and context. This course will pr... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Ceramics

This course is intended for those studying ceramics for the first time. Students will explore a variety of hand-building techniques, including pinch, slab, coil, and extruded forms. The primary emphasis is on studio work leading to a portfolio of finished functional and non-functional pieces by the end of the first term. Students will be able to create as well as appreciate expressive, beautiful three-dimensional clay forms. Students will develop an understanding of other cultures and periods... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Advanced Photography

This course is intended exclusively for students who have a sincere and enduring interest in the art of photography and involves the advanced use of a 35mm film camera, a digital camera, and Adobe Photoshop software skills in the pursuit of successful, varied forms of art photography. Students are required to reflect on the progress of their work by journaling and will encounter conceptual filters and scenarios as starting points for their creative expression in photography. The course conclu... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Digital Illustration

In this course, students will learn a wide variety of techniques for creating digital art. Some of these techniques are like traditional artistic media, while others would be impossible in any other medium. Students will use professional software such as Adobe Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint to paint with pixels and create digital illustrations that tell a story and convey emotions. Previous artistic knowledge and skill is a benefit but is not required.   Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16