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Category: Lower School

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

Lausanne's Lower School Lynx kicked off their first-ever Community Time

Lausanne's Lower School Lynx kicked off this Monday with their first-ever Community Time, an event the students hope to make a new tradition! "I am excited about this new opportunity to come together as the Lower School," said Head of Lower School Kara Barbour. "Community Time will be held every other Monday morning and be a great way to get the week started in a fun and upbeat way. There will be music, dancing, cheers, guest speakers and time for character development.&qu... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Second Grade Kicks Off PYP Unit At Blue Heron Lake

Lausanne second-graders took the classroom outdoors recently during an afternoon spent at Blue Heron Lake. With help from members of the Lower School faculty, the students rotated between different activities, including canoeing, enjoying healthy popsicle treats and exploring the use of solar energy. For the activity led by 2nd-grade teacher Jeff Massey, groups learned how to power up small wind turbines by connecting cables to the positive and negative terminals on a hand-held solar pane... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, September 2, 2021

Lower School Launches Robotics Team For Third And Fourth-Graders

The world of robotics has always been a topic students love to explore during their Primary Year's Programme (PYP) unit on programming. This year, Lausanne's third and fourth-graders will have the opportunity to continue pursuing their tech interests beyond the classroom with the launch of the Lower School Robotics Team.  "We are super excited about starting the Lower School Robotics Team this school year," said Lausanne's Directo... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Lower School Lynx Find Inspiration In Seventh-Grade Project

Friday afternoon at Lausanne, third grade students took educational trips without ever leaving campus. Over the last several weeks, the seventh grade has been preparing a virtual health fair.  Each exhibit highlights one human body organ system and takes the viewer on an interactive educational tour.  “The designs are unique to each exhibit and reflect the students’ creativity,” seventh grade science teacher Brooke Hoffman said. “Some experiences inclu... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, May 10, 2021

Lower School Students Use Technology To Create Gifts For Mother's Day

Lausanne students have been working hard in Lower School as they prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day. Lower School Lynx made interactive Mother’s Day cards designed in their ANTS (Acquiring New Technology Skills) classes. The cards featured a QR code that links to a video made by the students that also feature creative personalization to make them extra special. “Students in second grade have used their coding and programming skills to create cards for their amazing moms,&rd... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Sunday, May 9, 2021

Lower School Lynx Celebrate 2021 Writer's Guild

For this year's 2021 Writer's Guild, Lausanne Lower School students spent the morning chatting with author/illustrator Brian Pinkey over Zoom and gathered outside throughout the afternoon to enjoy ice cream as they celebrated their writing and illustrating accomplishments.  . .  In class, students have been reading their guest speaker Brian and Andrea Davis Pinkey's book, Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa, while expressing their own creativity through writi... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, May 7, 2021

Lower Schoolers Recognized For Spring 2021 Noetic Math Competition

For this year's annual Spring Noetic Math Competition, Lausanne had many participants and winners from the second and third grades. "We are so proud and wish to recognize the participants, team winners and students who have received the National Honor Roll and National Honorable Mention awards," said Lower School ANTS Instructor Amy Brownlee, who led this year's competition. "Thank you to everyone for your participation!" The Noetic Learning Math Contest (N... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Lower School Celebrates Week Of The Young Child

The Lausanne Lower School is celebrating the “Week Of The Young Child” this week. Included in that celebration has been a series of picnics on campus to start the week. “Evidence tells us that a person’s life successes, health, and emotional well-being have their roots in early childhood. We know that if we get it right in the early years, we can expect to see children thrive throughout school and their adult lives,” Head Of Lower School Kara Barbour said. ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Wednesday, April 28, 2021

First-Grade Entrepreneurs Host Annual Food Truck and Marketplace

Lausanne's campus was full of excitement this morning as first-graders served up good food and great times during their annual Food Truck and Marketplace. The Lynx entrepreneur's set up shop outside of the Lower School building and took on the roles of cashier, server, quality control officer, chef and customer service representative. Family members had the opportunity to shop for recipes and products made from herbs the first-graders grew themselves. The students' goods ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Fourth-Graders Host Annual Rocket Launch

This week kicked off the annual Rocket Launch for our Fourth Grade scientist! Each class took turns heading down to the grassy field to shoot off their self-made spacecraft. 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 the seashore, gazing out over the large ocean, lucky enough t... Read More
at Friday, April 16, 2021

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 Low... 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 Sc... 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. &q... 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 th... 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