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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 someon... 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 types... 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 70s. ... 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 immigra... 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 c... Read More
at Friday, October 30, 2020

First-Graders Explore And Identify Bones In Science Experiment

"Look everyone, I found something," exclaimed Qahir Devji '32 as he proudly held up an animal bone the size of his fingernail.  After showing his fellow classmates, the excited first-grader placed his discovery on a napkin and began recording what he found on a bone identification chart. At Lausanne, students are continuously learning about the world around them through the IB Programme curriculum implemented in the classroom.  Often, this involves explor... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, October 29, 2020

First-Graders Explore Different Habitats At Blue Heron Lake

With clipboards and pencils in hand, students across first-grade adventured around Blue Heron Lake, letting their inquiring minds lead the way as they searched for habitats near the water.  While one first-grader stood on her tiptoes to observe the spiderweb she spotted in a tree, another got down on his hands and knees to watch the ant colony moving through a sand mound. As each student came across a different environment, they moved toward it carefully to not&... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, October 22, 2020

Second-Grade PYP Unit Heads to Blue Heron Lake

For their first Primary Years Programme (PYP) Unit of Inquiry, Choices, students learn how their decisions impact each other, different resources and the environment. As a culmination, second-graders spent the afternoon at Blue Heron Lake rotating between canoeing, enjoying healthy popsicle treats, and shooting off energy rockets while wearing masks and remaining socially distant. "Second-graders have worked hard on the understanding that the choices humans make impact the wor... Read More
at Tuesday, October 6, 2020

PYP Unit Encourages Pre-Kindergartners To Learn Through Play

We love beautiful days on campus! Especially when it inspires out littlest Lynx to venture beyond their classroom walls for an afternoon on the lawn learning through play. To encourage the physical play week of their current unit, How We Express Ourselves, Pre-Kindergarten students in Ms. Boyd's class challenged themselves to an outdoor obstacle course. The unit's central idea supports play as a tool for expanding our ability to think, create and express ourselves. Today's activi... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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.    To celeb... 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 when ... 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 first-graders... 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 art i... 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 good... 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 s... 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 those problems d... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Monday, May 11, 2020