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Category: Lower School

Lausanne Students To Give Back To Community Through Pennies For A Purpose

When it came to working on a service project for the year, students in the LynxServe and Student Government Association (SGA) knew they wanted to do something special.  "Our process started with the idea of bridging the two groups together, as they both embody the Lausanne Way of developing leadership and service," Evan Lewellyn '23 said.  "We knew we wanted to do something that incorporated students from the whole campus," Dany Hamze '23... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, January 23, 2023

Lower School Students Hear From SpaceX Explorer

It isn't every day that you get to listen to and ask questions of a space explorer. Lausanne Lower School students got just that chance as they heard from Hayley Arceneaux, who took a ride to space on a SpaceX rocket in September of 2021. Arceneaux blasted off in Inspiiration4, on a mission that marked the world's first all-civilian mission to orbit. The rocket was named in recognition of the four-person crew that raised awareness and over $240 million for St. Jude Children's Res... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, December 26, 2022

JK Students Cast Votes For Favorite Work Of Art

Students in JK got into the voting spirit during the recent elections by casting votes for their favorite painting from a series of famous artists.  After reading the book "I Voted" by Mark Shulman and Serge Bloch, the little Lynx from three classes faced the important decision of deciding their favorite piece of art.  In one race, two versions of the Mona Lisa were voted on. One by Leonardo da Vinci and another by Fernando Botero. In another, the choice was Starry... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Senior Kindergarten Students Explore Communities During Off-Campus Adventure

As senior kindergartners learned about the ways communities live, work and play together, students had the opportunity to fuel their inquiring minds even further with an off-campus adventure exploring the community they call home.  SK students headed downtown for their first stop, where they boarded trolleys for a ride across the Main Street Line. Along the way, students chatted with locals, heard stories from the conductor and pinpointed different attributes that make the area u... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Lausanne Junior Kindergartens Connect With Community Members Around Campus

Over the past month, Junior Kindergarten students discovered that connecting with others is the best way to learn more about a community! As a part of their PYP unit of inquiry, Who We Are, the little Lynx learners have been venturing outside the classroom to explore the school and engaging with Lausanne members across campus. "Our JK kiddos have spent this first month of school learning about themselves and the value they and others bring to the Lausanne community," Junior Kinde... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Author Sherri Winston Visits Lausanne

Author Sherri Winston visited Lausanne today to speak to our third and fourth-grade classes, sharing her new book Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution. Ms. Winston is also the author of President of the Whole Fifth Grade (a Sunshine State Young Readers Award selection), President of the Whole Sixth Grade (a Kids' Indie Next Pick), President of the Whole Sixth Grade: Girl Code, The Sweetest Sound (a Kirkus Best Book of the Year), Jada Sly: Art... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Second Grade Students Take Trip To The Lake To Kick Off PYP Unit

On Friday, Lausanne second-graders took an outdoor adventure to Blue Heron Lake to kick off their PYP unit on choices. The students rotated between different activities, including canoeing, enjoying healthy snacks and exploring the use of solar energy. For the activity led by 2nd-grade teacher Whitney Robertson, groups learned how to power up small wind turbines and music boxes by connecting cables to the positive and negative terminals on a hand-held solar panel to generate electricity. Th... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, August 29, 2022

Lausanne Receives Council Of International Schools (CIS) Accreditation

Lausanne is honored to announce that we have officially achieved Council of International Schools (CIS) International Accreditation. The rigorous schoolwide evaluative process measures alignment with internationally benchmarked standards and provides guidance for continuous improvement.  "This is the most rigorous accreditation process available to us and a prestigious accomplishment," Academic Dean Stephen Campbell said. "We are the 18th school in the US t... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, June 23, 2022

Fourth Grade Students Celebrate Their Lower School Experience During PYP Exhibition

To celebrate the end of their Lower School journey, Lausanne fourth-graders invited family and friends to the grade level's annual Primary Years Programme (PYP) exhibition. Guests gathered in EPAC to see a display of culminating projects that highlighted various skills, attitudes and learner profile traits the students developed over the years.  Leading up to the event, the students formed groups and worked collaboratively with other classmates, teachers and mentors t... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Lower School Lynx celebrate the Week of the Young Child and the annual Writer's Guild

Last week was an exciting one for Lower School Lynx. While our Early Childhood classes celebrated the Week of the Young Child, 1st through 4th  took part in the Writer's Guild, a Lausanne tradition. The Week of the Young Child celebrates the wonder of childhood and the importance of family, friendships, and play in a child's development. Our Early Childhood students invited their families to campus for picnics and a tour of their classrooms in honor of the event. Guests had the... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson

Lausanne Dancers Prove Things Are "Better Together" During Spring Recital

Lausanne students in Lower, Middle and Upper School took to the stage on Saturday morning in the Elder Performing Arts Center (EPAC) as part of the Spring Dance Recital. During their performances, students used songs that stuck with the theme of “Better Together,” showcasing the Lausanne Way traits of global mindedness and meaningful relationships. After a long and uncertain 2020-2021 school year, the Lausanne Conservatory Dance program quietly held a small show for a small audie... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, May 9, 2022

Upper School Students Create Spanish Books For Lower School

Over the past month, students in Chary Jara's Spanish II HL classes used their creative skills to create something special for the Lower School Lynx. Relating to the unit of childhood they were currently studying, students created a children's book written completely in Spanish. "My students had to create a story in Spanish that included some traditions from a Spanish-speaking country of their choice while incorporating the vocabulary and grammar covered in this ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Thursday, May 5, 2022

Fourth Grade Scientists Host Annual Rocket Launch

Last week, Lausanne's fourth-grade scientists hosted their annual rocket launch, an interactive project that gives students the opportunity to test the hand-made spacecraft they created in correlation with their PYP curriculum.  Leading up to the big day, Lower School science teacher Dr. Frassinelli stopped by to present a brief background of Sir Issac Newton & asked the fourth-graders to analyze what the famous scientist meant when he said: "I have been like a boy on ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Lower School Students Hold Album Release Session

As a part of their music technology projects this year, fourth-graders in Mrs. Tara West's class composed meditation music. Last week, the students held an "album release" session to listen to all of their songs over the course of three days in the Lower School music room. Students learned to create the music using a DAW (digital audio workstation) called Soundtrap. The unit included a questionnaire for family and friends that helped the students gauge the calming effect of the... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Lower School Teacher Exchange Helps Teachers Break Out of Their Comfort Zones

The Lower School pulled an April Fool’s prank on their students today by changing their teachers for the day. The exchange was the idea of Lower School Head Kara Barbour, who thought it would be a fun way to build connections across grade levels and help teachers look at their own processes. “We always ask students to step out of their comfort zones, and by asking our teachers to teach a different subject or grade level class, it allows them to see their work in a new light,&rdq... Read More
at Friday, April 1, 2022

Third-Grade Students Host Annual Marketplace

This year's Third Grade Marketplace was a success, as Lausanne family members gathered outside Lower School last Friday for a shopping spree benefitting those affected by the Ukrainian war. The annual event is a part of the Primary Years Programme Finance unit, which focuses on function, responsibility, causation and exploring learning products and the market. As the students prepped for their big event, they collaborated and worked as a real business to brainstorm ideas for things they... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, March 22, 2022