Lausanne News - December 2019
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Archives Reflect On History At Lausanne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And days o’ lang syne. As Lausanne celebrates another successful year coming to an end, the traditional New Year’s song reminds us to reflect on the incredible happenings since Lausanne opened its doors in 1926 and to toast to the good times.  Did you know that anyone can look back at Lausanne's historical items by visiting our online archives? Whether it be the Commercia... Read More
at Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Juniors And Seniors Spend Afternoon With Friends From Best Buddies Organization

Recently, Lausanne juniors and seniors hosted a Holiday Cookie and Cocoa Movie Afternoon for their friends from the Best Buddies organization. Led by Carson Webb ’20, the upper schoolers invited local chapters of the program to campus for an afternoon to decorate cookies and drink cocoa while watching "The Grinch" movie. As a part of the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) project all juniors and seniors at Lausanne complete, the students decided to partner with the... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, December 23, 2019

Lausanne Middle and Upper Schoolers Host Winter Concert

The Lausanne community filled the Elder Performing Arts Center (EPAC) Wednesday night for the annual Winter Concert, a highly anticipated performance put on by the students enrolled in the Middle and Upper School Band, Chorus and string ensembles. When the night began, all attention shifted to the stage as the lights dimmed and Tara West, Lausanne’s Lower School Music teacher and Music Coordinator, took the stage to welcome the audience and introduce the talents of the evening. &ldquo... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, December 19, 2019

Lower Schoolers Explore Different Holidays Around The World

The Lower School Hallway buzzed with excitement as students lined up outside different classrooms. The first and second-graders were eagerly waiting for their turn to have their hand-made passport stamped by the teachers at each door so they could explore the country being represented inside the classroom. The students were participating in the yearly tradition of Holidays Around the World, in which first and second-graders learn about different national and international cultures.&nb... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Middle and Upper Schoolers Take On Still Life Painting

Currently in the Upper School hallway is an art exhibit of studies painted in the atelier by direct observation of still life props. "All students painting in color took into consideration both the artistic and scientific facets of color theory," IB Visual Arts & Director of the Michelangelo Project/Atelier Kate Manzo said. "The latter required an understanding of the importance of the wavelength of light." Limited palettes were used for all the oil studies. The... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Lausanne Student Places In State Top 10 In Math Competition

Congratulations to Matthew Kulubya '23, who placed eighth in the state on the Tennessee Math Teachers Association (TMTA) annual competition exam in Algebra I.  "Matthew was an 8th grader last year, but he took Math 9 HL with Ms. Zimmerling, which pushed him to be third in the West Region and 8th overall," Math Teacher and Department Chair Janet Slesinski said.  Lausanne also had several other west region finalists including: Annabella Tian '22 (7th in Alg... Read More
at Monday, December 16, 2019

Fifth-Graders Put Their Math Skills To The Test In Breakout Challenge

To help students understand that math can be fun and educational, fifth-grade teacher Robin Trusty decided to create a break-out session for her students that involved finding the solutions to different problems.  "So many people have negative thoughts when it comes to math," Fifth-grade teacher Robin Trusty said. "They believe they are either good or horrible. My philosophy of mathematics is that everyone can problem solve, predict patterns and make connections while hav... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, December 13, 2019

Junior Kindergartners Host Art Walk For The Lausanne Community

Lausanne families were invited to the JK Art Walk in Blackmon Gallery this morning for an opportunity to hear students speak about their artwork and to see their pieces on display.   “Setting it up in a gallery format is such a special way for our JK kids to show off their knowledge and their art with family and friends," Junior Kindergarten teacher Lindy Roberson said. "I’m always amazed to watch their knowledge and creative imagination come to life in their artis... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, December 12, 2019

Lausanne Teachers Participate In St. Jude Marathon And Raise More Than $110,000 For Children's Hospital

This past Saturday, several Lausanne faculty members participated in the St. Jude Marathon in various races. Lower School Science teacher John Frassinelli and sixth grade Social Studies teacher Kyle Lawrence completed the Full Marathon, second-grade teacher Whitney Robertson, third-grade teacher Shelby Longfellow, and Middle School Learning Specialist Julie Cooper completed the Half Marathon, and second-grade teacher Jeff Massey completed the 5K. "To raise money for the St. Jude Childr... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Lausanne Cheer Wins State Championship

The Lausanne Lynx cheerleading team made Lynx history this weekend, returning home with Lausanne's first state championship in cheerleading.  Competing against 13 teams in the small varsity game day division, the Lynx scored a 91.2 out of 100 to capture the title.  Lausanne was the smallest team in a division that had teams that ranged in size from seven members to sixteen members.  "We traditionally compete in the small varsity game day division," coach J... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Will Carter '24 Becomes Back-To-Back Spelling Bee Champion

On Friday, eighth-grader Will Carter '24 spelled the championship word exorcist correctly in round fourteen of the annual Lausanne Spelling Bee, making him the winner for the second year in a row. Will confidently spelled his winning word on the Elder Performing Arts Center Stage, which was met by a large round of applause by the Lower and Middle School student audience. Abhi Battini '25  was this year's runner-up after he and Carter battled back a... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, December 9, 2019

Middle School Invites You To James And The Giant Peach Jr.

Lausanne’s Middle School Theatre Department invites you and your family to experience their production of Timothy Allen McDonald’s, “James and the Giant Peach Jr.," a theatrical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book. You will be immersed in the world of James, a kid who finds himself traveling around in a giant peach. Throughout his fantastical journey, James deals with people and talking insects, who either want to help him or do harm to him. The play will be... Read More
at Thursday, December 5, 2019

Middle Schoolers Create 3D Models of Plant and Animal Cells

 As a part of the Middle Years Programme (PYP) unit on cells, students are tasked with building a plant or animal cell model.  The project began after a group of seventh-graders discovered the best way to explore the makeup of a cell was through 3D models. However, the price to buy one was expensive, so the students decided to create their own.  "We are making models of cells that teachers and students can use for an affordable price," Animesh Satapathy '25 said... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, December 5, 2019

Second-graders Learn About Different Traditions Around The World

As a part of their current unit of inquiry, students in second grade have been learning about traditions and relationships and how they contribute to shaping our identity.  To help make a connection between the curriculum and the world around them, two guest speakers stopped by this afternoon to share some of the traditions in their homes with our second-graders.  One of the visitors spoke about St. Barbara's Day and the grains her family cooks with as a part of her Leban... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, December 4, 2019

National Honor Society Inductions 2019

Yesterday afternoon, 37 Lausanne students were inducted into the National Honor Society in a ceremony held in the Elder Performing Arts Center.  The Class of 2020 inducted Daniel Baymiller, Peter Calkins, Maura Cliff, Ved Dalal, Ibrahim Farooq, Bryant Haley, William Neff, Suneil Patel, Alexander Stephens, Alexandria Weaver and Carson Webb. Students initiated from the Class of 2021 included Diego Alba, Anjali Borschel, Cailin Brown, John Campbell, Dalia Chemaitilly, Kewe Chen, Justice C... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, December 2, 2019