Lausanne News - January 2019
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Math Club Competes In Collierville Math Bowl

Over the weekend, members of the Math Club competed in the Collierville Math Bowl. The tournament was composed of two parts. A round robin competition, where each competitor plays in turn against every other competitor, followed by a bracket round. Each match was 10 minutes long, with teams buzzing in to answer rapid-fire math questions. "The math club practices bi-weekly, preparing for a variety of math competitions," math teacher and department chair Janet Slesinski said.&n... Read More
at Thursday, January 31, 2019

Upper School DECA Club Wins Multiple Awards At Conference

The Upper School DECA Club students used the business skills they’ve learned at Lausanne to their advantage during the District 1 Career Development Conference on January 18. Sophomores Jazmin Bolden ’21 and Martin Succar ’21 won their competitive event in Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making, while seniors Jenny Rogers ’19 and Isaac Weiss ’19 came in second place in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing category. The conference, which was held at the Agricen... Read More
at Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Robert Walters '19: Senior Profile

Robert Walters ’19 is known at Lausanne for being the guy who juggles and unicycles in the parking lot during his spare time, but aside from his playful nature is a seriousness for his education. For Robert, knowing what he wants to do with his life has been evident since the sixth grade. After reading the book “The Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking, he knew he wanted to pursue a physics related career, and he’s spent his time at Lausanne engaging in opportunities tha... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, January 28, 2019

The Primary Years Programme in Kindergarten

This article was featured in the Fall 2018 Lausanne magazine and gives an example of the Primary Years Programme curriculum for our Senior Kindergartners.  Springtime at Lausanne means birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and chickens are hatching. Watching the baby chicks hatch has become the norm for our Senior Kindergartners and a tradition students look forward to. As part of the PYP’s Sharing the Planet unit of study, students investigate life cycles and the wants and n... Read More

Lausanne Student Showcases Lausanne Way Attributes During Class Project

As part of their government unit, Shelby Longfellow's third graders to act as a class while in their government unit.  As a group, they wrote to local politicians about a problem that they felt passionate about.  "During our inquiry unit on government, we explored the idea of letting our voices be heard. One way to do this at this time in their lives was to write letters to elected officials in the community. We hoped to help encourage the leaders to help make a chan... Read More
at Saturday, January 26, 2019

Middle School Students Step Back In Time To Produce Radio Theatre

The fifth and sixth-grade students in Ashley Bugg Brown's theatre classes have been using their voices to tell a story. In doing so, they have adapted short stories into a narrative or dialogue form, added sound cues and are coming up with innovative ways to make those sound effects in an old-time radio theatre style.  In the early 1920s, radio became the first broadcast medium, and people regularly tuned-in to their favorite radio programs in what is referred to as the Golden... Read More
at Friday, January 25, 2019

Third Annual Louie Awards Held

Lausanne held the third annual "Lausanne Middle School Louie Awards" on Wednesday in the Elder Performing Arts Center (EPAC). Each year, the seventh graders create silent films as a class project to explore story structure, characterization, and theme. Those who choose to can enter their films into the Seventh Grade Silent Film Festival. The films are judged by a panel of three faculty members, and winners are awarded for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Picture. ... Read More
at Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Seventh Graders Showcase Slam Poetry Creations To Classmates

Seventh-grade poets showcased their art to classmates on Tuesday through video.  In English class, the students shared slam poem videos that they made with their classmates. Videos included original spoken word poems written by the students in addition to images/animations and accompanying music. Recently, seventh-graders read Brown Girl Dreaming, a memoir written in verse. To practice using poetic devices while exploring the themes of the book, each student wrote a slam poem expl... Read More
at Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Maggie Spence '19: Senior Profile

Lausanne cheerleading has become a staple in the life of Maggie Spence ’19, and helped create a greater sense of positivity and community with her fellow cheerleaders as well as the school. Maggie has been cheering since the fifth grade, but when she isn’t cheering on her fellow Lynx, she is leading the French and C.A.R.E.S club as president and is heavily involved in community service. “I am very involved in my community through service and finding ways to make life bette... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, January 21, 2019

The Primary Years Programme in Junior Kindergarten

This story was featured in the 2018 Fall Lausanne Magazine, and gives an example of a Primary Years Programme learning environment in the Junior Kindergarten.  Laughter echoed across campus as children glided on balance bicycles around the school’s water fountain. Lausanne loves creating an environment that encourages students to enjoy learning. For Junior Kindergarten teacher Amy Morrison, that meant integrating bike riding into the curriculum. “We learned how to be safe ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Sunday, January 20, 2019

Lausanne Students Honored By Frist Museum and Magazine

The current winter issue of the Frist Art Museum Magazine devoted a two-page spread to an interview featuring Marie-Pia Bonnot ‘19. In it, she talks about her art, her education in the States and France and her Lausanne experience. Marie-Pia, along with three other IB Visual Arts 2 seniors- Natalie Eslami ‘19, Jenny Rogers ‘19 and Solbok Yi ‘19, have artworks included in the current 2018 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Art Programs exhibit now... Read More
at Friday, January 18, 2019

First Grade Showcases Learning Through Dance

Lausanne's first grade took the stage this morning and invited everyone in attendance on a trip around the world. As part of their Primary Years Programme (PYP) unit, the students have traveled around the world to explore, learn and enrich their understanding of how people celebrate and express themselves through dance. They worked two and a half weeks on dance. They also spent six weeks researching cultures and how they celebrate birthdays, traditions and holidays. Stud... Read More
at Thursday, January 17, 2019

Learning the PYP Begins in Pre-Kindergarten

“Zhōngwén zhèngzài kāishǐ, Zhōngwén zhèngzài kāishǐ!” The Pre-Kindergartners in Mrs. Boyd’s class cheerfully started chanting along to these words, which translates to ‘Chinese is starting,’ with Ms. Hong as she entered the classroom to begin their daily Mandarin lesson. Daily Mandarin and Spanish lessons are essential for Pre-Kindergarten students and are taught all through Lower School. Exposure to other languages and... Read More
at Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lausanne Student Scores High On National Math Test

One Lausanne student used his math skills to become one of the highest ranking students in a national mathematics test.  Isaac Sheehan '23 scored in the top 5% nationally on the AMC8 (Mathematics Association of America) test, making the AMC8 Honor Roll. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to... Read More
at Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Matthew Russell '19: Senior Profile

Matthew Russell ’19 has used his time at Lausanne to the fullest, embracing unfamiliar situations and never turning down an opportunity or challenge that interests him. When Matthew isn’t summiting mountains, backpacking across trails or mountain biking, he spends most of his free time involved in extra-curricular activities at Lausanne. As a Student Government representative, student ambassador, Thespian Society Co-President, Model UN delegate, Spirit Committee Co-President, Co-... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, January 14, 2019

The Primary Years Programme in Pre Kindergarten

This story gives an example of the Primary Years Programme our students are learning and is also featured in the Fall 2018 Lausanne Magazine.  Smiles covered the faces of every Pre-Kindergartner as McGruff the crime-fighting dog entered the classroom. “Welcome to Lausanne,” shouted a student, as the class erupted with chatter about the fluffy dog standing in front of them in a trench coat. For Lausanne PK students, understanding the role of helpers in the communi... Read More
at Sunday, January 13, 2019