Lausanne News - October 2018
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Middle School Students Creating Product From Recycled Materials

Lausanne fifth grade students are entrepreneurs. Students saved their garbage for an entire day to sort and evaluate what could and could not be recycled.  They were then told Lynx4rEarth received $1,000 capital to create a product from trash that would otherwise end up in garbage and landfills. From there, they began brainstorming and hit the ground running with ideas.  Students began by sorting through the trash for possible materials to use in their prototype. T... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell

Cheerleaders Finish Second At Regionals

The Lausanne Lynx cheerleaders finished second in their first competition of the season at the Landers Center in Southaven on Saturday.  Lausanne competed in the Game Day category against 10 other teams from the region at the Mid-South Regionals. The Mid-South Regionals are hosted by the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), one of the largest cheerleading organizations in the country. The organization uses regional competitions to decide which teams move on to the national competi... Read More
at Monday, October 29, 2018

Upper School Students Use Sun For Math Calculations

Taking advantage of a beautiful October day on the Lausanne campus, students in Janet Slesinski's HL Math 10 class used the sun to measure the distance between themselves and the giant star at the center of our universe.  "Students measured the distance from Earth to the Sun using similarity and the known diameter of the sun," Slesinski said. "Students then focused on precision and considered the effects of imprecision when working on such a large ... Read More
at Thursday, October 25, 2018

Football Players Spend Day At St. Jude Following Touchdowns Against Cancer Campaign

Building character through service to others is a major part of the Lausanne way, and our students strive to illustrate these qualities on a regular basis. Senior football players Isaac Weiss ’19 and Eric Gray ’19 showcased these characteristics when they decided to dedicate their seasons to raising money for the Touchdown Against Cancer campaign that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By opening up accounts on Pledge It, a free sports fundraising platform, the... Read More
at Wednesday, October 24, 2018

First Graders Study Habitats On Blue Heron Lake

As part of their Primary Years Programme (PYP) unit, first graders took a walk to Blue Heron Lake on Monday to observe habitats around the water. "We used an observation sheet to draw things we noticed,"first-grade teacher Tabatha Whittaker said. "Then we looked for natural versus human-made objects." While doing their observations, students noticed that along the right side of the lake there are homes and along the left side there were trees and woods. As they came... Read More
at Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Lausanne Students Receive Duke TIP Recognition

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that has served over 2.8 million academically talented students in grades four through twelve since 1980.  As 7th graders, Lausanne students who were awarded Duke TIP recognition in the spring of 2016 had the opportunity to take the SAT or ACT.   Students that participated in the advanced testing and had high scores were offered opportunities to participate in summer programs offered by D... Read More
at Monday, October 22, 2018

Artists at Play

Lausanne Senior Kindergarten students celebrated West Africa during Artists at Play, our annual event that showcases food, art and music from around the world. Teaching students about life around the globe and the similarities that our cultures have is an important part of the Primary Years Programme here at Lausanne, and this festive event is always a big hit! Visit our facebook page to see more pics of the fun event! Read More
at Friday, October 19, 2018

Curtain Opens For Fall Production Of Incognito

A German espionage agent in search of a British spy is murdered on a ship in South American waters. Will the killer escape?  Incognito, the fall production from the Lausanne Upper School thespians, is a perfect title for a show that has the audience figuring out who is who and how all the innocuous women presented are related.  "Working on Incognito has been an incredible experience. Everyone in the cast and crew has shown so much dedication in turning this production into a ... Read More
at Thursday, October 18, 2018

Upper School Students Visit Ottoman Empire

Lausanne tenth-graders voyaged across the Ottoman Empire as emissaries of Sultan Suleiman, also referred to as the Lawgiver, and came up with solutions to historical problems, all from the comfort of their classroom. As a part of the MYP “Knowledge and Understanding” curriculum, Upper School History teacher Christopher Sutton set up a large map of the Ottoman Empire that spanned across two rectangular tables and tasked the tenth-graders with identifying historical problems faced ... Read More
at Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Seventh-graders host Food Equity Summit

Building character through service to others and being aware of the world around you are characteristics that Lausanne consistently strives to teach its students. For Lausanne seventh-graders, these traits are at the forefront of their minds, so the students set out to understand how they can help make the community they live in a better place. These efforts tie into their yearly service learning project. This year, seventh-graders are creating a product or service to help promote fo... Read More
Posted by Drew Smith at Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Upper School Students Celebrate Senior-Freshmen Week

Upper School students dashed into Shockey Hall to escape the rain and to avoid dampening the gift bags that hung from most of their wrists.   “I have your favorite donuts,” shouted a gleeful freshman as she made her way into the building and spotted her senior partner from across the hall. Traditions are an important part of The Lausanne Way, and during Senior-Freshman week, students have the opportunity to show appreciation for one another through the custom of collegial ... Read More
at Monday, October 15, 2018

Students Create Market To Learn Supply And Demand

Supply and demand is known as one of the most fundamental concepts of economics and is the backbone of a market economy.  Students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) year one classes and Intro to Economics classes have been studying supply and demand. As part of that, they  put the two together in a market diagram. Friday, they took it a step further as the students simulated a wheat market in the classroom.  Half of them became buyers of wheat and half o... Read More
at Friday, October 12, 2018

Middle School STEAM Classes Build Non-Electrical Paddleboats

Grinning middle schoolers huddled around the dock at Blue Heron Lake as they watched their tiny creations glide across the water.   As a part of the MYP Design Cycle curriculum, Upper Middle School students put their design skills to the test in a determined attempt to build non-electrical paddleboats. Each student had to work through the project using consumable materials like: straws, wooden dowels, popsicle sticks and rubber bands. The final model had to be smaller than a shoebox, ... Read More
at Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fourth Grade Comes To The Rescue In Escape Room Exercise

The Lausanne fourth grade took part in a special mission on Wednesday, helping a young girl in a Statue of Liberty escape room exercise.  The students were on a secret mission to help a fictional girl named Megan.  Brad Manker with Lower School A.N.T.S. had a video for the students to watch beforehand that laid out their challenge.   From there, it was on to the escape room as they decoded interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty.  After they had decoded all ... Read More
at Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Lausanne Second Graders Learn How to Make Energy Induction Motors

Lausanne second graders surveyed Dr. Frassinelli's every move as he showcased a copper coil spinning on a class-made electric induction motor. A light connected to the end of the contraption blinked steadily.   “Now it’s your turn,” Lower School Science Teacher Dr. Frassinelli expressed, and the students quickly grabbed the equipment needed to create their own spinning coil. The young scientists departed to different areas of the room and carefully went thro... Read More
Posted by Drew Smith at Tuesday, October 9, 2018

SK Students Celebrate Writing Accomplishment With Parade

As the senior kindergartners (SK) walked out of the classroom to begin, classmates cheered and chanted "we are writers." The annual SK Writers’ Parade took place on Tuesday and SK students began their celebration in the early childhood hallway. From there they walked past the art room, first grade and then upstairs through fourth grade. As they held their stories proudly above their heads, classmates and administration cheered them on from the hallway.&nb... Read More
at Wednesday, October 3, 2018