Lausanne News - October 2021
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Tenth-Grade Students Take On French Revolution With Role-Playing Exercise

A group of Lausanne tenth-graders stepped back in time recently during a role-playing experience that transformed their MYP History classroom into a scene out of the French Revolution.  As part of their formative assessment for the class, Upper School Social studies teacher Randall Siefker assigned students a role based on a real character from the French Revolution and challenged them to research, write and deliver a persuasive speech for the reenactment.  While por... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Fourth Grade Students Explore The Power Of Words Through Apple Experiment

Lausanne fourth-graders are discovering just how powerful words can be with a unique experiment that uses apples to explore the impact positive and negative speech have on the world around us.   Led by Lower School Learning Specialist Angie Valadie, the fourth-graders placed two apples in separate jars and wrote down something pleasant to say to one apple and something harsh to say to the other each day for the next few weeks.    "Each week, we will reco... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, October 22, 2021

Middle School Students Compete For House Points In School Supply House Band Competition

Lausanne Middle School students participated in a brand new house activity last week when they took to the stage in the Elder Performing Arts Center (EPAC) with the School Supply House Band competition. “This was an idea that stemmed from Jimmy Fallon’s Classroom Band cover songs that he does on The Tonight Show,” Sixth Grade Individuals and Societies Teacher and House System Director Kyle Lawrence said. After Fall Break, students were tasked with working together in the... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Students Learn Impact Of Their Digital Lives As Part Of Digital Citizenship Week

Lausanne students are learning the importance of being a good online citizen by participating in this year's Digital Citizenship Week, observed October 18-22. The goal is to encourage students to reflect on how their digital lives impact their social and emotional well-being by challenging students to daily activities, promoting digital citizenship in the community and building an online citizenship roadmap. Students will evaluate and analyze online information throughout the week and en... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Middle School Students Artwork On Display As Part Of Color My World Exhibit

Lausanne art students in the fifth and sixth grades began their year creating with various new mediums in their art classes. That artwork is now on display in Blackmon Gallery as a part of the Color My World exhibit through November 12. In the fifth grade, students studied the art of Alma Woodsey Thomas, (1891-1978). "They studied her artwork that features light and movement through color, pattern and line,” Middle School Visual Arts teacher Geri Passaro-Floyd said. &ld... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, October 18, 2021

College Advising Hosts Financial Aid And Scholarship Night

Lausanne's College Advising team hosted a Financial Aid and Scholarship night with guest speaker Michael Morgan, Director of Financial Aid for Rhodes College. Michael helped guide families through the process of applying for both merit-based and need-based aid at colleges. He explained the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and Institutional methodology used by Financial Aid offices, in an effort to promote transparency and understanding of an often dreaded part of the college application process. Vie... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, October 15, 2021

Upper School Thespians Present Neil Simon Play

Lausanne’s Upper School actors take to the stage starting Thursday evening for Fools, a 1981 comedy play written by Neil Simon. The plot involves a schoolteacher named Leon Tolchinsky arriving in the village of Kulyenchikov in order to educate the town doctor's daughter. Leon promptly falls in love with the beautiful Sophia. However, it turns out that Kulyenchikov is under a curse. The town has been cursed with stupidity for centuries. The curse also makes it impossible for Sophi... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, October 14, 2021

Middle School Students Expand Their Reading Palates With Book Tasting

Lausanne fifth-graders had the opportunity to expand their reading palates with a book tasting experience held in our campus library.  Featuring a seating arrangement complete with tablecloths, paper plates and a book menu, the event's restaurant-style atmosphere provided the perfect setting for students to sample some compelling reads.     Some of the genres available for evaluation included science fiction, nonfiction, classics, biographies, fantasy and books from... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Financial Assistance Applications For 2022-23 Now Open

Financial Assistance applications for the 22-23 school year are now open! If you’re interested in financial assistance for your family next school year, feel free to submit a parent financial statement (PFS). We use a third party called SSS (School & Student Services to assess a family’s financial needs. Over the last few years, we have seen a need to help more families with tuition assistance than ever before. SSS (School & Student Services)... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Middle School Students Take Part In Two Day BRIDGES Workshop

Lausanne students spent the final two days before Fall Break learning about themselves and each other through discussions and team-building as the BRIDGES organization visited with students in classrooms. BRIDGES, a local Memphis organization that "provides students an opportunity to find their voice through unique experiential learning activities that are adventurous, relational and transformative," was invited to campus by the head of Middle School David Nelson after the pandemic... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell

Sixth Grade Students Attend Public Speaking Boot Camp

To better prepare students for speaking in front of their class on a serious topic, sixth-grade Individuals and Societies Teacher Kyle Lawrence established a “Public Speaking Boot Camp” on Monday as a cooperative learning activity for his sixth-grade students. Students walked a total of 10 stations, practicing various parts of public speaking. Stations included: Citing resources within a speech. Telling a joke. Finding your voice in a conclusion Hand placement while speak... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, October 4, 2021

Lynx Cross Country Finish Strong At Weekend Meet

The Lausanne Cross Country team traveled to Oakville, Alabama this weekend to participate in the 23rd annual Jesse Owens Cross Country Classic. “The kids had a blast racing in a high energy, beautifully marked course,” head coach Heather Marshalek said. The Jesse Owens Cross Country Classic brings junior high and high school students from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi for a competitive race honoring one of Alabama’s greatest athletes. “Many o... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, October 4, 2021

Lausanne Defeats ECS To Remain Undefeated

The Lausanne Lynx improved to 6-0 Friday night, defeating Evangelical Christian School (ECS) 21-7. After a scoreless first quarter, Lausanne got on the scoreboard first late in the second quarter with a rushing touchdown from Craig Cunningham ’22 to go into halftime with a 7-0 lead. Having won the kickoff and deferring to the second half, the Lynx got the ball first to start the second half. ECS attempted a pooch kick, but the ball wound up in the hands of Ben Bolton ’22, who ra... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Saturday, October 2, 2021

Upper Middle School Students Create Elaborate Art Display

If you walk the halls of the Upper Middle School, you will find an elaborate exhibit of habitats on display as designed by seventh and eighth-graders. Advanced art students in Lausanne’s Upper Middle School began their school year studying architectural design. Students viewed images of various homes and dwellings throughout history during class and were asked to utilize resources to create and design their own three-dimensional home. “The students drew their designs on pap... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, October 1, 2021

SEL Speaker Series: Dr. Justine Okerson on Emotional Intelligence and College Admissions

From finding the right fit for college to navigating applications, now more than ever emotional intelligence is crucial for college admission. Join Lausanne alumna, Dr. Justine Okerson, to discuss how to cultivate emotional intelligence, and apply lessons learned to college admission, future careers, and lifelong learning.   Read More
at Friday, October 1, 2021