Lausanne News - December 2020
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Junior-Kindergartners Create Virtual Art Gallery For Families

Vincent VanGogh, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollack are just a few famous artists who inspired the bright and beautiful creations displayed in our Junior-Kindergartners' annual art gallery!  In the past, students would share their work by hosting an art show for the Lausanne community, but they had to modify it uniquely this year. The junior-kindergartners set up Zoom meetings to lead their family members through a virtual tour of the gallery to ensure they still had ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Lower Schoolers Take A Trip Around The Globe To Explore Different Holidays

The first and second-grade classrooms buzzed with excitement as students eagerly opened their hand-made passports and began to explore different holidays and cultures worldwide.  "Do you know how people in Hawaii say Merry Christmas," asked Mrs. Whittaker as students' hands shot up to answer. "Mele Kalikimaka," a student shouted enthusiastically.  As part of their yearly Primary Years Programme (PYP) tradition, Holidays Around the World, first an... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, December 23, 2020

JK Students Lend Their Gingerbread Men A Helping Hand

When a person (or Gingerbread man) needs some help, our Junior Kindergartners are there to lend a hand! "We've been enjoying reading many different versions of The Gingerbread Man," said JK teacher Lindy Roberson. "In most of the stories, the fox snaps up the cookie at the end after offering to 'save' the cookie from the water, so we created a challenge to build a boat to help the Gingerbread Man save himself!"    One of Junior Kindergarten's f... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, December 21, 2020

IB Multimedia Art Class Experiments With Stop Motion Animation Films

At Lausanne, being able to create a joyful but challenging learning environment is essential. That is why our International Baccalaureate classes are critical for students to push their creative boundaries and sharpen their skills.   Upper Schoolers in IB Multimedia arts recently had the opportunity to experiment with their artistic strengths when Mr. Naya tasked them with creating a movie in "Claymation" stop-motion animation techniques or hyper-lapse animation. "... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, December 21, 2020

Lausanne Hosts Virtual Young Alumni Panel

Lausanne welcomed six alumni who spoke to our Upper School students virtually during Lausanne's annual Young Alumni Panel as part of Young Alumni Day. The graduates, ranging from 2014-2020, shared about the experiences that led them to choose their colleges, universities, graduate programs, internships and careers. They answered questions about what to expect as they enter college and if they would have done anything differently if they were to go through the college process again. &q... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, December 14, 2020

First-Graders Share Their Culture For PYP Culmination Project

"In India, my name means Knowledge," Vidya Kennedy '32 said proudly, as she pointed to her name on a poster board filled with content about her culture and favorite traditions. Vidya's classmates listened intently to her story while waiting patiently for their turn to share what makes them unique.  In their most recent Primary Years Programme (PYP) unit of inquiry, How We Express Ourselves, students learned about cultures and how we celebrate... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, December 10, 2020

Isabel Kagoo '21 Named Semifinalist For The 2021 Class Of The Coca-Cola Scholars Program

Lausanne student Isabel Kagoo '21 has been named a Semifinalist for the 2021 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program, moving to the next round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship. "I am so grateful to be named as a semi-finalist for the Coca-Cola Scholars Program and to be moving on in the selection process," said Isabel. "It is an honor to be recognized out of over a hundred thousand applicants as a l... Read More
at Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Sixth-Graders Create Unique Way To Remember The 13 Colonies

Lausanne sixth-graders took their Lower School peers on an engaging journey through history recently when they taught them how to remember the order of the 13 colonies in a unique way.    As part of their MYP Geography Unit, students learned about some of the "Absolutes" that students should know before leaving 6th grade. One of those absolutes is the 13 colonies in the order in which they were founded.  To drive this learning home, Mr. Lawrence tasked the students... Read More
at Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Abhi Battini '25 Wins 2020 Lausanne Spelling Bee

C-A-T-A-R-A-C-T. Eighth-grader Abhi Battini '25 spelled the word cataract correctly in the final round last week to become the 2020 annual Lausanne Spelling Bee winner. After many back-and-forth rounds with seventh-grader Sachin Lyons '26, Abhi confidently spelled his winning word on the Elder Performing Arts Center Stage, which was met by the applause from the socially distanced families who attended.  Congratulations to all of our Lausanne spelling ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, December 7, 2020

SEL Speaker Series At Lausanne Planned For 2021

In January, Lausanne will begin hosting a monthly SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) speaker series via Zoom. The series intends to give school constituents guidance and resources as we continue to navigate the pandemic.  The series begins with acclaimed author Jonathan Mooney on January 12, 2021, at 7 p.m. Mooney is the author of The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal and Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines and numerous articles and... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Saturday, December 5, 2020

Lausanne Winter Sports To Tip-Off Off With Phased Re-Opening

While keeping students safe and class in session has been the top priority of Lausanne's coronavirus response, the school has also worked to ensure extracurricular activities can continue safely. Band, choir, theater and athletic programs have worked to adapt to the situation, and each had to adjust their approach to practices, performances and games. For student-athletes that participate in Lausanne winter sports, the recent local surge in COVID-19 cases had led to uncertainty about... Read More
at Friday, December 4, 2020

IB Anthropology Students Take Their Knowledge Of Street Style Internationally

Recently, some of our IB Anthropology seniors had the opportunity to apply the visual auto-ethnographic methods they learned about in their first term reading assignment, "Street Style" by Brent Luvaas, to make a collaborative blog called "Lynx Street Style."  The seniors will share their photo journals with iEARN global partners in Russia, Belarus, Algeria and Taiwan, who are also making class photo journals for Lausanne students to compare and contr... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, December 3, 2020

National Honor Society 2020

2020's National Honor Society Ceremony honored 52 students with induction into the academic organization. The inductees were split into three separate groups to ensure social distancing could be maintained. You can watch an edited version of the ceremony below or on our vimeo site. Fifteen seniors were inducted on November 30: Jazmin Bolden, Brandon Bruckman, Darian Eslami, Hattie Greene, Keith Hoffmeister, Emilio Miguel Lachica, Brinnan Lawson, James Locke, Elle Nienhuis, Bri... Read More
at Wednesday, December 2, 2020