Lausanne News - February 2019
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Middle Schoolers Express Their Creativity Through Poetry Slam

During common time on Tuesday, brave middle schoolers took the stage in EPAC to read their own poetry to a crowd of students, family and faculty. The poetry performances were a part of the Middle School Poetry Slam and included participants from 5th and 7th grade. One by one students were welcomed to the stage by seventh grade English teacher Hilary Simpson, and their readings were followed by snaps of applause from the crowd. “They have worked incredibly hard and were looking f... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, February 28, 2019

First Graders Preparing For Life On Mars

As part of their "Where We Are In Place and Time" unit, first-grade students are planning for a future civilization on Mars. As part of the project, students studied past and present civilizations in order to prepare for their new home on the Red Planet. Students used their knowledge and research from the past to decide what the needs and wants were for life on Mars. Students also studied the significant difference between planet Earth and the environment on Mars.  ... Read More
at Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Upper School Students Showcase The Power Of The Written Word

Lausanne Upper School students competed over the weekend in the WordSmith Writing Olympics and returned home with five ribbons.  The competition is a tournament all about writing. Students compete in a variety of events, earning prizes and progressing successively on to the next round.  The regional competition, held at the University of Memphis, includes students from the ninth through the twelfth grades.  Lausanne's team was coached by Dr. Wade Linebaugh and Ms. Rashan... Read More
at Monday, February 25, 2019

Imaan Hussain '19: Senior Profile

Imaan Hussain ’19 has spent the last 10 years at Lausanne, and is grateful for the globally minded environment the school offers. “Along with being an American, I pride myself in being Pakistani, said Imaan. “I love sharing my culture and my traditions at Lausanne. I easily found myself a place in Lausanne, its diversity made me feel like I was being embraced.” Imaan is co-president of HOSA, president of the National Honor Society and co-captain of the science bowl, ... Read More
at Monday, February 25, 2019

The Primary Years Programme in the 4th Grade

This story was featured in the 2018 Fall Lausanne Magazine and gives an example of the PYP in the 4th Grade.  Four students walked on stage and waited until the room was completely silent. “Did you know that an average plastic bottle takes nearly 450 years to decompose?” a student asked with concern, as she and her classmates stood on stage in front of a full audience. In the final year of the PYP, our 4th graders start working on a culminating project that showcases all o... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Sunday, February 24, 2019

Lausanne Theatre Presents Once Upon A Mattress

You may have heard the classic tale of “The Princess and the Pea," but you have never heard it told this way before.  Once Upon a Mattress tells the tale of an overbearing Queen, a mute king, a less-than- gallant prince and a moat-swimming princess. The musical adaptation begins in a faraway kingdom long ago. Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus,( played by Matthew Russell ’19) is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror of a wife, Queen Aggravain ( Mackenzie Barbour &... Read More
at Thursday, February 21, 2019

For Lausanne Students, Math Equals Excellence

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Education released the results from the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) that showed that math education across the country wasn't measuring up in comparison to other places around the globe. Thankfully at Lausanne, students are bucking the trend, and excelling in their studies through innovative ways of teaching.  Take for instance Janet Slesinski's class. On Wednesday, IB Math Year 1 students used a number line ... Read More
at Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Eighth Grade Class Re-Created History By Turning Classroom Into Battlefield

Dwight Spain's eighth-grade social studies class took their lesson to the battlefield earlier this month as they held a World War I trench warfare simulation in class.  The class incorporated acts and skits into the simulation in which they read poetry and prepared for battle. The actual battles were held with paper wads and beach balls, which represented heavy artillery. A fog machine was used to simulate the gas attacks that were common in battle.  Students also took part in... Read More
at Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Liv Clayton '19: Senior Profile

Liv Clayton ’19 has lived her whole life pursuing passions and expressing her creativity. Because of this, Lausanne was a natural fit for her free spirit, and has prepared her to crush her goals in the future as well. The senior was born Olivia Leigh Clayton, but her father started calling her Liv right after she was born and on March 9, 2016 she had her name legally changed to Liv Free Clayton. “When people find out I legally changed my name, I always get the same question: &#... Read More
at Monday, February 18, 2019

The Primary Years Programme in Third Grade

This story was also featured in the Fall 2018 Lausanne Magazine, and gives an example of the PYP in our third grade classrooms.  This story gives an example of the curriculum our third graders are learning in the Primary Years Programme, and can also be found in the 2018 Fall Lausanne Magazine.  For our third-graders, figuring out where we are in time and place involves learning about inventors and inventions from across the world. The class of 2027 learned how inventio... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Sunday, February 17, 2019

Third-Graders Host Annual Marketplace

Lausanne family members gathered on campus Wednesday morning for a fun-filled shopping spree at the annual Third Grade Marketplace. The event was divided between three third grade classrooms, and each room provided a different experience for the shoppers. In Dr. Sailors room, video advertisements created by the students were being shown on a screen for guests to get a glimpse of what was being sold. In Mrs. Fonsesca’s room, products covered the tables as eager students stood by, r... Read More
at Friday, February 15, 2019

Seventh Grade Hosts Valentine Themed Pop Up Shop

The Lausanne seventh grade is doing their part to help Lynx prepare for Valentine's Day by hosting pop-up shops.  As part of their business, LCS Innovations, they held a pop-up shop on Tuesday and will hold another on Thursday for those looking for last minute gift ideas.  "Real World Scholars really makes us, as 7th graders, realize how companies are run and just how many things have to be taken into consideration for every decision," David Burnham '24 said... Read More
at Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Lausanne Cheer Has Strong Showing At Nationals

The Lausanne cheer team returned home from their second trip to nationals in as many years as a team on the rise in the Memphis cheer scene after finishing ninth in the nation. The Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) National High School cheerleading competition is the most prestigious national cheerleading event in the country. Held in Orlando, teams have to first qualify at a UCA regional competition to earn a bid to nationals. The Lynx punched their ticket to Nati... Read More
at Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Natalie Eslami '19: Senior profile

From an early age, Eslami’s mother could only keep her still by putting her in front of a sheet of butcher paper with paints and crayons. Her love for art followed her through middle school and high school and she plans on pursuing Technical Theater/ Theater Design and Technology in college. “Imagination is the most valuable, powerful trait that I possess,” said Eslami. “Some artists use canvas or paper, but I transform spaces. Starting with nothing more than an ... Read More
at Monday, February 11, 2019

The Primary Years Programme in Second Grade

To wrap up the first week of school, Lausanne second-graders brought the classroom outdoors with a fun-filled learning experience at Blue Heron Lake. The students split into three groups, each rotating through stations as a kick-off to their first unit, Choices. The stations included studying product labels on foods and how to choose healthy snacks, launching energy rockets using compressed air in plastic bottles and exploring Blue Heron Lake and the inhabitants of it on canoe rides. Throu... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Sunday, February 10, 2019

7th & 8th Grade Basketball Teams Win League Championship

The gym at Grace St. Luke's was standing room only. Both girls and boys teams from the Saints were playing for the Shelby County Seventh and Eighth Grade Combo League Championship. They were well coached and determined as they headed into the final game to take the title from the Lynx.  Lausanne was led into the girls' game by captains Kolby Cohen '23 and Lucy Fisher '23, who had held the team together all season. It was their fourth time to face the Saint... Read More
at Friday, February 8, 2019