Lausanne News - February 2020
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Greg Graber Becomes Lausanne's Director of SEL and Mindfulness

Beginning in the 2020 school year, Greg Graber, our current Head of Middle School, will be serving as our Director of SEL and Mindfulness. In his new position, Greg will develop mindfulness programs and resources for students, faculty and families in all three academic divisions of the school. Utilizing his experience with athletic teams like the Memphis Grizzlies, LSU, The George Washington University and Rice University, Greg will expand his work with athletics... Read More
at Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Lynx IB Scores Well Above Global Passing Rates for DP Exams

Lausanne's Class of 2019 had a close to perfect performance on the International Baccalaureate Exam, with more students receiving their diploma than ever before. While the national diploma pass rate is 67%, the Class of 2019 achieved an astonishing rate of 98%. With acceptance rates becoming increasingly competitive, colleges and universities look for students who choose a rigorous course of study in high school. IB Diploma candidates have greater rates of admiss... Read More

Protecting Our Community Against Coronavirus

COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is getting traction outside of China and has the possibility of taking hold in US cities. At Lausanne, we're closely monitoring recommendations from the Shelby County Health Department, the State Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control. Currently, the state is reporting no confirmed cases in Tennessee. Your child’s safety is, as always, our primary concern and we remain vigilant in cleaning procedures, identifying student an... Read More

Saad Khan '20 - Senior Profile

When the curtain rises tonight for the Upper School musical "Bye, Bye Birdie," Saad Khan '20 will be in a familiar spot: center stage.  "I love performing on stage," Saad shares. "I am able to truly express myself, whether that be projecting myself into a character or singing a song."  Saad is impressive in front of a crowd. A gifted vocalist, he writes his own songs and is the president of the A Capella Club. Saad has been in multiple musicals an... Read More

Lausanne Theatre Presents Spring Musical, Bye Bye Birdie

The curtain rises on the annual Lausanne Upper School spring play Thursday evening as the Lausanne Upper School Theatre Department proudly presents their production of Charles Strouse’s hit 1950’s musical, BYE BYE BIRDIE. Teen heartthrob, Conrad Birdie (Sultan Shah ’20) has been drafted. His managers, Albert Peterson (Whit Ford ’20) and Rosie Alvarez (Bri Warner ‘ 21), come up with a final publicity stunt for their troublesome client. Conrad is whisked away to c... Read More
at Thursday, February 20, 2020

VR Revolution in Fourth Grade

To learn about the American Revolution, students in fourth grade worked collaboratively to design virtual scenes recreating the events that led up to the war.   Students conducted research and crafted essays in their fourth-grade classes. During ANTS (Acquiring New Technology Skills), they learned how to transform this research into an immersive three-dimensional environment where they told the story of significant events surrounding the historical period.  Using a web-based... Read More

Lausanne Staff and Faculty Spend Day Giving Back To Community

Lausanne teachers and staff spent their in-service day on Friday spread out across Memphis as part of their annual TeacherServe Day.  You could find members of the Lausanne family fanned out across Shelby County, volunteering at non-profits around the city. Staff and faculty were at the following locations:  Dorothy Day House Transitioned items out of the storage units and into the transitional homes for the facility. Mid-South Food Bank Sorted food in their w... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, February 17, 2020

Lausanne Hosts Inaugural Galentine's Day

Thursday night, Lausanne junior girls were invited to celebrate strong women, leadership, and self-love during the first-ever Galentine's Day event.  "Our goal in creating this night was to meet girls where they are and empower them," Upper School Counselor and Galentine's Day organizer Samantha Douglas said. "We wanted girls to walk away feeling like they have stronger relationships with each other, the female faculty at Lausanne, and maybe most importantly-thems... Read More
at Friday, February 14, 2020

Damla Onder '20 - Senior Profile

"To me, Lausanne means Gibson's donuts during zero hour chem labs, taboo games for new Spanish vocabulary for dulces, afterschool conversations about life with the best teachers, getting candy from college counseling, and growing as a student and a person to reach my goals," Damla Onder '20 explains.  Her passion for creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome is evident in her day-to-day life. She's a leader within the Sisters of Salaam Shalom&#... Read More

Physics Students Compete In Annual Mousetrap Car Competition

Thursday on campus, Lausanne held the annual Mousetrap car competition. The event, which has become a favorite among upper schoolers, challenged Physics SL and HL students to build cars that either speed or travel long distances.  The cars were powered using the stored energy in the spring of a mousetrap for the motor and measured the total displacement for distance cars or the time it takes their race cars to travel five meters.  "The idea is to attach a string from a mouse... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, February 13, 2020

Big Lynx Little Lynx Club Visits First-Graders

Lausanne's Big Lynx Little Lynx Club joined their friends in first grade today for a Valentine's-themed activity. The groups had the opportunity to spend some quality time getting to know each other while crafting a heart-shaped design.  At Lausanne, students in Upper School participate in Clubs that provide a special avenue to pursue their passions and interests. Completely student-organized, they include a wide range of opportunities for students to express leadership an... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Lausanne Kicks Off International Week With Talent Show

Students packed the Elder Performing Arts Center (EPAC) on Monday as Lausanne kicked off International Week, a yearly event that celebrates the diversity that is found on campus. The week kicks off with a talent show in which students perform acts that showcase international flair.  The following students performed in this year's show:  Victor Yu '21 Skylar Harts '22 & Sophia Holland '22 Kimberly Kerr '20 and Anabella Tian '22 Ariyana Muesse ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Middle School Girls Showcase Talents On Basketball Court

Seventy-three wins. Two losses. All in four years' time.  An undefeated regular season with a Turkey Shoot championship as well as winning the championship in the MAM (Memphis Athletic Ministries) 8th-grade girls division tournament.  To say the Lausanne Lady Lynx 7/8 grade girls basketball team is special is an understatement.  "After battling through adversities such as illness and injury to make it to this point, their ability to push through those adve... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Friday, February 7, 2020

Fifth-graders Host Egyptian-Themed Museum

This week, Mrs. Kristen Ryan’s fifth-grade social studies classes hosted an Egyptian-themed interactive museum. The students immersed themselves in the many aspects of ancient Egyptian society like the inventions that came from it as well as the social order, and the museum experience was a part of their culminating project for the unit on Egypt.  To use the information they learned in a creative way, the students headed to the STEAM Lab to design Egyptian artifacts. The fifth-g... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, February 7, 2020

Eleven Athletes Sign National Letters Of Intent On Signing Day

The Lausanne Athletic Department was pleased to recognize Lynx athletes that are taking their talents to the next level. Eleven Lausanne athletes signed National Letters of Intent in five different sports to play at the collegiate level in a ceremony on Wednesday, February 5.  The ceremony took place in the Elder Performing Arts Center (EPAC). As part of National Signing Day, senior high school athletes sign their official letters of intent to the college or university of their c... Read More
at Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Upper Schoolers Compete In Math Bowl

Over the weekend, eight students from Lausanne put their training to the test by answering rapid-paced, buzzer style questions during the Collierville Math Bowl.  "There were 20 teams from eight different schools in attendance," Upper School Math teacher Janet Sleinski said. "In the morning round-robin competition, teams were able to hone their skills in preparation for the double-elimination bracket in the afternoon." The Lynx's have been competing in this comp... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, February 4, 2020