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Category: Lower School

Students Celebrate Becoming Stronger Readers

In honor of first grade wrapping up one of their most recent PYP units of inquiry , the students held a Reader's Celebration. First-graders have been practicing good reading habits and learning strategies to help them work through hard words as a part of their Reader's Workshop curriculum. "We loved having a Reader's Celebration to give them recognition for all the hard work to become stronger readers," said first-grade teacher Christina Mewborn.    ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, September 24, 2020

Second-Graders Explore Solar Energy Through PYP Unit

Recently, Ms. Fessler's second-grade class took advantage of a sunny day on campus and headed outside to explore solar energy and the benefits it can have on the environment.  Students learned how to connect cables to the positive and negative terminals on a hand-held solar panel to generate electricity. The second-graders used their device to watch a wind turbine spin, listen to a music box play and see a lightbulb light up.  "It was such an awesome learning moment... Read More
at Wednesday, September 23, 2020

First-Graders Explore Their Campus Community For PYP Unit

As a part of their  Primary Years Programme  unit, Who We Are, "Many Faces, Many Places," our first-graders explored their school community this week.  Their journey began with visitors, including Nurse Jo, Officer Walsh, and learning specialist Dr. Sailors, stopping by the first-grade classrooms throughout the week to explain how they help the community, followed by a campus tour with Headmaster McCathie to learn about Lausanne's history.  The... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, September 11, 2020

Lower Schoolers Design Outdoor Art Installations

On Wednesday, Mrs. Whittaker's first-grade class and Ms. Hadskey's third-grade class enjoyed a different kind of art experience when guest speaker Charlotte Albertson stopped by their classrooms.  Drawing on the inspiration of contemporary British sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist  Andy Goldsworthy,  the students took a trip to the great outdoors - whether that was on campus or in their backyard at home - to find inspiration in nature and design outdoor... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, September 10, 2020

Lausanne Lower School Kicks Off Summer With Carpool Drive-Thru

If you stepped outside during the day at Lausanne on Monday and Tuesday near the carpool drive outside the Lower School, you could tell when it was the top of the hour.  Dance music, horns honking, bubbles in the air and the cheers of teachers and staff welcomed families in cars as they came to drop off their supplies on the last day of school.  Keeping a social distance and wearing masks, students and teachers greeted each other as parents drove up one at a time to say their... Read More
at Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Roberson's JK Class Treated To Unique End Of Year Book

For students in Junior Kindergarten Lindy Roberson's class, the end of the year is a fun and upbeat time that includes the annual end of year book. However, when looking at the books that she has used in the past, the traditional end of the year routines just did not suit the current situation.  "While brainstorming, I found a few other teachers creating templates for end of the year books that were a bit more relatable to our current situation," Roberson... Read More
at Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Lausanne Students Compete In Noetic Math Competition

Lausanne students in the second and third grades competed this year in the Noetic Math Competition. The Noetic Learning Math Contest is a semiannual problem-solving contest for elementary and middle school students.  The goal of the competition is to encourage students' interest in math, to develop their problem-solving skills and to inspire them to excel in math.  During the contest, students are given 45 minutes to solve 20 problems, with many of... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, May 11, 2020

2020 Summer Reading Lists

As the end of the school year approaches and we turn our attention to the summer, it is also time to think about summer reading.  Each grade level at Lausanne has summer reading and, in some cases, assignments that come along with the summer reading.  These books will be provided for your student and will be given to you on the day you are assigned to collect their personal items from campus the week of May18-20th. If you do not receive your books or are new to Lausanne, your... Read More
at Monday, May 11, 2020

Guest Speaker Talks To First Grade About Tech And Game Design

To kick off their PYP unit, How The World Works, Lausanne's first-graders were joined by special guest speaker Dan Ryder who presents workshops on technology integration, improvisation and design thinking during a recent Zoom call.  The purpose of the unit is to explore how kids play using games and toys and their Zoom visitor helped the first-grade class understand why playing games is important, how to be creative when designing and making them and how to repurpose or... Read More
at Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Lausanne Celebrates ArtsFest/SportsFest In Unique Way

One of the highlights of the school year for students, teachers and administrators at Lausanne is ArtsFest/SportsFest. It is a day filled with fun activities and a way for the Lausanne family to celebrate the closing of another academic year.  Due to current circumstances, the year 2020 version of the day will be remembered a little differently. For seniors, the day is their last day on campus. The soon-to-be graduates team up with their Lower School classmates and helping them... Read More
at Friday, May 1, 2020

Third-graders Host Virtual Talent Show

Lausanne's third-graders had the opportunity to celebrate each other's unique and creative skills during a recent Zoom call featuring the entire Class of 2029.  "The virtual talent show was a fun way to connect the students as they kicked-off their IB Primary Years Programme unit on self-expression," Third-grade teacher Mrs. Fonseca said. "Each student shared their unique talent and passion for the Arts. Third-Graders are Virtual Rock Stars!" The students... Read More
at Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Junior Kindergartners Add "Wacky Wednesday" To Their Weekly Online Routine

Lausanne's Junior Kindergarten classes decided to add some extra excitement to their weekly Zoom meeting recently by hosting a Wacky Wednesday. The JK teachers encouraged their students to dress up in their wackiest attire and surprised them by hosting the call with the entire grade level, instead of their usual classroom specific one.  "It was so fun to see them as they recognized their sweet friends and got excited to share their silly outfits," JK teacher Mrs.... Read More
at Monday, April 27, 2020

Elementary Students Experience Science Lab At Home

One of the highlights for elementary school students during classroom time at Lausanne Collegiate school is class experiments in John Frassinelli's classroom.  Unfortunately, online distance learning presents a particular challenge for elementary science.  "The goal is to teach science and tell its story, whenever possible, using the tools we most of our children have at home," Frassinelli said. "The lessons have to be valid, motivational,... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, April 20, 2020

Second Grade Class Boards Virtual Bus For Class Field Trip

With learning at Lausanne moved to the virtual world, students might have thought the end of the year field trips would be put on hold until next year.  Not so fast, Little Lynx! Jump on board the virtual bus (Zoom) and let's take a trip down Walnut Grove to the Wolf River Conservancy, which is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the Wolf River and its watershed as a sustainable natural resource. Lausanne second-graders in Ms. Fessler's class joined the Wolf... Read More
at Friday, April 17, 2020

Lower School Students Challenged To Create At-Home Obstacle Courses

To help our Lynx stay active and engaged, Lower School P.E. coaches Lesa Mears and Woodrow Lowe have been creating weekly challenges for students to complete at home. "Coach Lowe and I miss our boys and girls in P.E. so much and we thought weekly challenges would be fun for the kids and a good way to keep us connected and active," Coach Mears said.  Last week, the lower schoolers were challenged to design obstacle courses using house-held items and combing the skills they... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, March 31, 2020