Lausanne News - January 2020
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Lausanne Students Use Language To Connect With Global Community

During one of Lower School's daily foreign language lessons, our first-graders had the opportunity to learn how to use chopsticks and practiced traditional papercutting with their Mandarin teacher, Mrs. Hong. Chopsticks are eating utensils that were invented and used in China for thousands of years that Chinese communities consume all food with and paper-cutting is one of the oldest and the most popular and important types of Chinese folk art, often used to decorate doors and window... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, January 31, 2020

SIxth-Graders Participate In Interactive Learning Activities That Relate To Reading Assignment

To help give students a better understanding of the book they were assigned to read, sixth-grade language arts teacher Maria Pirani has tasked her students with unique and engaging classroom activities. Now that her class is finished reading “The Outsiders,” students will be participating in the mock trial of Johnny Cade, one of the characters from the novel, for their summative. They will have the responsibility of either defending Cade or prosecuting him. This realistic situati... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Sixth-graders Hold Medieval Themed Classroom Tournament

Holding a rubber band bow and paper arrow in hand, Atlas Altman '26 closed one eye and aimed toward the red and green solo cups stacked in front of him. With a swift pull of the band, the sixth-grader launched the arrow toward his target. The classmates who were gathered around him erupted with cheers as it soared into the cups, knocking all but two off the table.  Sixth-grade teacher Kyle Lawrence high-fived Atlas and congratulated him on his shot as the next student moved to the ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Krishnav Manga '24 Makes AMC Honor Roll

Krishnav Manga '24 made the American Mathematics Contest 8 Honor Roll, scoring in the top 5% of students taking the exam in North America. Congratulations to Krishnav and the Middle School Mathematics teachers! The AMC 8 is a 25 question, 40-minute multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The examination provides an opportunity to apply the concepts taught at the junior high level to problems w... Read More
at Saturday, January 25, 2020

Lausanne Upper Schoolers Fulfill A Wish For Make-A-Wish Recipient

During a heartwarming event in the Elder Performing Arts Center (EPAC) last Tuesday, the Lausanne community was able to help fulfill a wish for a Make-A-Wish recipient and her family.  Students from Lausanne's Make-A-Wish Club organized the event and spent all week preparing for the grand reveal of the gift: a trip to Disney World.  To make the experience special, a group of upper schoolers took to the stage dressed as Disney princes and princesses and announced that an audien... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, January 24, 2020

Lausanne Basketball Looks To End The Season Strong

With December coming to an end and everyone celebrating the beginning of a new year, Lausanne head coach Marvis Davis turned his focus to the calendar hanging in his office.  He knew January meant that February was rapidly approaching and that meant that the postseason was at hand. The Lynx had spent most of December away from The Lair, playing in holiday tournaments and against regional powerhouses before district play got underway.   "Playing a tough pre-district... Read More
at Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lausanne DECA Club Members Qualify For State Competition

Last Friday, members of the Lausanne DECA club competed in the organization’s District 1 Career Development Conference at Christian Brothers University.  DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Students prepared throughout the fall for either an individual event or an event with a partner in which they needed to use their business knowledge and skills to... Read More
at Thursday, January 23, 2020

Multiple Lausanne Students Make All-West 2020

Lausanne is proud to announce that 16 students have made the 2020 All-West Band, Chorus and Orchestra.  Each year, students from schools across West Tennessee demonstrate their musicianship abilities during an audition that includes prepared excerpts, sight-reading and scales. Those who qualify for a top chair spot have the opportunity to perform at the All-State Honors Conference and Festival.  The purpose is to promote the study of instrumental music through choral, band and or... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Lausanne Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Concert

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lausanne hosted its eighth annual MLK Remembrance Day Concert.  The Lausanne community packed EPAC to watch performances from the Middle and Upper School Choirs. The choir members performed songs that gave strength to civil rights activists like Dr. King while they were bravely fighting for equality. These historically uplifting songs were accompanied by a presentation by Lausanne students who also are fighting for equality for all people. The Midd... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, January 20, 2020

Lynx Robotics Team Takes Home Multiple Awards At Tech Challenge Competition

This past weekend, the Lausanne Robotics team traveled to Hot Springs, Arkansas to compete in at the FIRST Tech Challenge competition.  Its been six years since the Lynx started participating in the FIRST Tech Challenge, in which some of the region’s best teams are tasked with demonstrating the highest level of engineering and autonomous system design through a set of challenges. This year's robotic event presented new features of the competition, including challenges that in... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, January 16, 2020

Lausanne Celebrates Scholastic Art Awards Winners

Congratulations to all our student winners for this year's Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards Competition, sponsored by the Brooks Museum League.  Once again this year, Lausanne students are very fortunate to have been so widely recognized in this nationally acknowledged competition.   The Scholastic Art Awards is a nation-wide art awards program, which started in 1923.  It is the longest-running and most prestigious art awards program for artistic young people in ... Read More
at Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Second-graders Create and Test Hypotheses In Their Classroom

Students across second grade have been learning about the scientific method which included creating and testing a hypothesis. Each student was tasked with brainstorming questions they wondered about and experimenting within their classroom. Their inquiries ranged from how far a marble would roll across tile versus carpet to how many books a student could stack before tumbling to the floor. "The students wrote down each step for their experiments and carried them out all by themselves,&... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, January 13, 2020

Upper School Students Proudly Represent Lausanne At Model UN Convention

At the end of November, Lausanne's Model UN club attended the YMCA sponsored Southeastern High School Model UN (SHSMUN) convention held in Chattanooga, Tennessee. More than 650 delegates from several high schools throughout the southeast participated, including 37 from Lausanne. The convention is set up to simulate the actual United Nations, complete with various committees on such topics as disarmament, national security, and world health. The Lynx participants had to write six papers ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, January 10, 2020

Lausanne Hosts Annual Shakespeare Competition

Recently, some of Lausanne's Upper School thespians competed in the annual Shakespeare Competition held in EPAC.  "Competitors are asked to prepare a monologue from one of Shakespeare's works and they perform it in front of a panel of judges," Middle and Upper Theatre teacher Ashley Bugg Brown said. "Judges choose the winner based on understanding and interpretation of the text and overall performance. Our school competition is in support of the ESU National Shak... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, January 9, 2020

Namaste: Lower School & Upper School Join Together In Yoga Lesson

The Lausanne Yoga CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) Program partnered with the lower school on Wednesday to teach yoga techniques to Lynx second graders.  As a part of CAS, upper school students at Lausanne practice and reflect on their interests and their potential contributions to the communities to which they belong. "Lausanne encourages students to be well-rounded, and CAS activities support just that," Upper School English Teacher Dr. Wade Linebaugh s... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Upper School Students Engage In Mathematical Debate

Students in Janet Slesinski's upper school math class were engaged in a debate during a recent class. Numbers and statistics were the subjects. But this division was all part of a class assignment.   The class was split into four groups, which participated in two different debates. In one of the debates, students examined SAT and GPA data for two classes of fictitious students. By calculating various statistics including a five-number summary, standard deviation... Read More
at Tuesday, January 7, 2020