Lausanne News - November 2021
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Lausanne Recognizes 42 students at 2021 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Today, Lausanne inducted 42 students into the National Honor Society during a ceremony held in the Elder Performing Arts Center.  The Class of 2022 welcomed Tala Abdo, Luca Iannaccone, Ariyana Muesse, Jacob Rossi and Ebony Wamwitha.            Students initiated from the Class of 2023 included Julia An, Naomi Assefa, Josephine Bonnot, Nikhil Borschel , Elizabeth Brown, Kenna Bullard, Nancy Cliff, Nick Dyer, Whit Faughnan, Hana Farooq, Elizabeth Fenno, Bren... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, November 29, 2021

Middle School Enrichment Book Club Kicks Off Reading Adventures

Members of The Middle School Enrichment Book Club kicked off their reading adventures this month with their first official meeting! The group rated a list of book choices and selected A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness as their first novel. With Middle School teachers Brianna Whitmore and Maria Pirani guiding each discussion, the students will meet twice a month to address themes and issues from each novel they read. "The kids are so excited and cannot wait for our deeper level discussi... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, November 22, 2021

First Grade Students Use VR To Visit Animal Habitats

Lausanne first grade students took a step inside the virtual reality world recently as they visited the animal habitats they had created.  The students have been conducting research about animals and habitats. To visualize their research, they worked in pairs to build a three-dimensional habitat in virtual reality. They chose environments, added habitat elements and their animals to bring them to life. "Our first graders love high engagement activities that they can be creati... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, November 19, 2021

Eighth-Grade Students Use Math Skills To Create Tiny Homes

For the culmination of their Real Numbers MYP unit, 8th-grade math students took a trip to the STEAM Lab for a collaboration that included building tiny houses.  "During our unit we discovered and discussed what Real Numbers are and how Real Numbers are used to solve problems," 8th Grade Math teacher Michelle Locastro shared. "Students were tasked with designing a tiny house. Students had to draw blueprints of their model, including doors, windows, kitchen, bathrooms, b... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, November 18, 2021

Sixth-Grade Students' Interactive Learning Experience Brings Book To Life

As students in sixth grade read The Giver by Lois Lowry for one of their reading assignments, they had the opportunity to bring the book to life with an interactive learning experience in Maria Pirani's English class.  "We held a "Ceremony of Twelve" in my classes," Ms. Pirani shared. "In the book, children get their life assignments or jobs at the age of 12. The book shows what happens when total security threatens freedom of choice." For the i... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Fourth Grade Students Take Field Trip Back In Time

Lausanne's fourth-graders wrapped up their most recent unit of inquiry with a field trip to Grand Junction, TN where they stepped back in time.  The unit of inquiry, Where We Are In Place & Time, was focused on family histories and immigration. Parents, grandparents and a brother-in-law shared their immigration stories with the students. "We were fortunate to hear from families about their migrations from China, Mexico, Argentina, Nigeria, Lebanon and India, via ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Eighth-Grade Students Catch A Glimpse Of Life As An Upper Schooler

During this year's Step Up Day, Lausanne eighth-grade students followed Lynx ambassadors from their classrooms to the other side of campus to catch a glimpse of what to expect next year when they enter ninth grade. The eighth-graders had the opportunity to tour the Upper School with Upper School Head Stuart Dunster before heading off to different classroom sessions with ninth-grade teachers.  Students spent time in the Design studio with Mr. Auger, in a Math class with Mr. Walk... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, November 15, 2021

Lausanne Hosts Annual Veteran's Day Service

Today, Lausanne celebrated Veterans Day with a program in Elder Performing Arts Center. Lausanne's Chorus, Band, and Strings Ensembles played, honoring all those who served in the military, with speakers highlighting the sacrifices veterans have made for the country throughout the program. After our Upper School Music Ensembles performed "In Flanders Fields," Dr. Rebecca Hodges, Lausanne's Social Studies Department Chair, shared the purpose of Veterans Day. Originally call... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, November 11, 2021

Lausanne House Competition Starts The Year Strong

The Lausanne House Competition has gotten off to an incredible start this year, and as the first trimester comes to an end, the four houses are all locked in a tight battle to see who will be declared the winner of the House Cup this year. The house competition for this year started with a “Welcome Back Poster.” Each Grade Level House created a poster welcoming back a grade level on campus. They had to put an inspirational phrase, a learner’s profile trait and som... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Lausanne Band Has Week Of Workshops and Performances

Upper School students in band got a treat on Tuesday when local brass musician and educator Bryan Finley led a technique workshop. Finley is a Brass Instrumental Specialist who works with students on technique fundamentals. As an educator, he teaches private brass lessons and provides brass workshops for school bands and directors.  “Hosting a workshop like this communicates and demonstrates alternative pedagogy to our students that is invaluable for their ongoing developing skil... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Craig Cunningham '22 Named Semifinalist For Mr. Football Award

Lausanne running back Craig Cunningham ’22 was named a semi-finalist for the 2021 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football awards. “Being named a semifinalist for Mr. Football is a big honor," head football coach Kevin Locastro said. "Craig has worked extremely hard throughout his career and is very deserving of the recognition.”  Three finalists in each classification will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 23 and invited to the Dec. 7 luncheon at Nissan Sta... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Thursday, November 4, 2021

Third Grade Leads Game Show For Lower School Assembly

The Lower School Assembly took on the look of a game show last Thursday as Lower School students participated in The “WHO WAS?” Show. The activity, led by the third grade, allowed the students to showcase their current unit of study. “This group of students spent weeks preparing to share what they had learned in class,” third-grade teacher Shelby Longfellow said. “Getting the opportunity to host an assembly again really seemed to make the kids more investe... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, November 4, 2021

Middle School Scientist Investigate Pumpkin Smasher CSI Lab

What started as an amusing joke for the seventh-graders in Brooke Hoffman's science class turned into an exciting pumpkin-themed lab for the students.  "I was carving a pumpkin in my room so the students could look at different parts under the microscope and they started calling me a pumpkin killer and a mad scientist," Mrs. Hoffman shared. "Then, they made Wanted posters with my name and picture on them. They carried on like this for several days, so I decided that... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, November 3, 2021