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Category: Lower School

Second-Graders Bring Robotic Designs To Life

Lausanne's Second Grade students have been hard at work over the last couple of months, challenging their design knowledge to prepare for their  Primary Years Programme (PYP)  unit on robotics while gaining real-world skills. "We've been discussing computer science and learning how to code using a programming language called Blockly, which helps young students learn resilience and math applications and is a precursor to other languages like Java and HTML," said... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Fourth-Graders Explore Their Future Learning Environment During Middle School Step-Up Day

Lausanne fourth-graders recently had the opportunity to switch up their daily routine with an afternoon exploring our Middle School learning environment.  As a part of the annual Step-Up Day, the students spent time in each fifth-grade classroom getting to know the teachers, warming up to the curriculum, and discovering more about the Middle School traditions they will soon experience.  Fifth-Grade teachers Kelly Douglas, Kim Bullard and Dr. Robin Trusty helped their Lower... Read More
at Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Third-Grade Entrepreneurs Prepare For Annual Marketplace

Our third-grade entrepreneurs have been hard at work the last few weeks crafting products to sell at the culminating event for their current unit of inquiry. The students collaborated and worked as a real business, making handmade products to sell at the annual Third-grade Marketplace benefiting a local non-profit.  As part of the Primary Years Programme Finance unit, the project focuses on function, responsibility and causation while learning to know their products and the market.... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, February 18, 2021

First-Graders Take Science Lesson To Mars

Recently, students in first grade kicked-off the annual Mars Home expedition, a classroom experience that includes studying past and present civilizations and preparing for life on the red planet.   As part of their Primary Years Programme unit, "Where We Are In Place and Time." The first-graders planned for a future civilization on Mars, using their research skills to decide what the needs and wants were for life based on the significant difference between planet Earth and... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, February 12, 2021

Third-Graders Practice Geometry Skills In Unique Way

Third-grade students in Mrs. Miller's class started their geometry lesson using a new angle. "Mirror With Words" is a teaching strategy that is part of whole brain instruction and encourages students to be actively engaged in the learning process. The lessons use motions and movements to help students make meaningful connections to vocabulary and were a perfect approach to introduce mathematical concepts. "Many of my students shared some of our... Read More
at Thursday, February 4, 2021

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, ... 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... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, December 21, 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... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, December 10, 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... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, December 7, 2020

Lausanne Students Kick-Off LynxServe Season Of Service

Now that Thanksgiving holiday celebrations have come to a close, students are gearing up for Lausanne's next big season – the LynxServe Season of Service. In alignment with one of the International Baccalaureate Programme's core values, LynxServe promotes the development of lifelong learners through service-learning opportunities that help engage students with the community. This year, Lausanne is participating in a Season of Service, which offers students different ways to... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, November 30, 2020

Fourth Graders Explore American Sign Language

To kick-off their current PYP unit of inquiry "How We Express Ourselves," fourth graders received a special visit from Lower School Learning Specialist Dr. Luanne Sailors.  This unit's central idea focuses on how communication has changed over time, modes of communication and how people communicate differently. During Dr. Sailor's visit, she gave the student's insight into the method of expression she holds dear to her heart: American Sign Language. As... Read More
at Monday, November 23, 2020

Senior Kindergarteners Explore Communities Through PYP Unit

Using boxes, paper, scissors and tape, students in Senior Kindergarten built replicas of the communities they have been learning about in class to support their current  Primary Years Programme (PYP ) unit of inquiry: "Where We Are in Place and Time." "SK students just completed their second Unit of Inquiry, and they built communities for their culmination project," said Senior Kindergarten teacher Rhonda Fullilove. "After learning about the three... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Second-Graders Explore Materials Of Exhchange

As students in second grade studied the features of American money and money from countries worldwide, guest speakers stopped by to give a little insight into the topic. One of the visitors, Mr. Will Starner, a Lausanne teacher and dad to second-grader Jet Starner, shared the money his family has collected while living overseas. The students also had a virtual visit from Leslie Brucker, second-grade student Sam Seessel's grandmother, and former 4th-grade teacher at Lausanne in the... Read More
at Friday, November 13, 2020

Lausanne Immigrant Families Speak To Fourth-Graders About Their Personal Experiences

As an international school, many community members at Lausanne have personal immigration experiences.  "We all share in the immigrant history," said fourth-grade teacher Nancy Garriga. "Millions of people have made their way to America, and hundreds of thousands still come each year. We wanted to give immigrant families at Lausanne the opportunity to share their voices." Lausanne Fourth-graders have spent the last few weeks studying the causes and effects of... Read More
at Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Lower School Student Showcase School Spirit For Upper School Athletics

When it comes to school spirit, it comes in all sizes at Lausanne. Lately, it is the little ones that have been leading the way. Thursday, Senior Kindergarten (SK) students made Lausanne's Varsity Cheer a banner to wish them good luck in their regional competition this weekend. "It meant so much to the team knowing they have the love and support from the Lausanne Community," cheerleading coach Kenzie Neel said. "Seeing the younger students support them as they... Read More
at Friday, October 30, 2020