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Category: Middle School

Middle School Announces House Election Results

When it comes to the Middle School House System , election week has become an annual favorite that students look forward to each year.  During the House Elections process, middle schoolers have the opportunity to showcase their leadership skills through student-driven campaigns. Students can run for House Prefects in 5th through 7th grade and the prestigious House Head in eighth grade.  This year was a little different because students couldn't do as much face-to-face... Read More
at Friday, September 25, 2020

Fifth-Graders Take Science Class Outdoors For A Dance Party With Slime

To help spark an interest in science, Mrs. Bullard's fifth-grade class took the classroom outdoors for an afternoon experiment involving a speaker and Oobleck, a gooey slime they created from cornstarch and water. Students cranked up some music and took turns watching their Oobleck dance around the speaker as the soundwaves moved through the solution.  Named after the slime that falls from the sky in Dr. Seuss's  Bartholomew And The Oobleck , students learned the... Read More
at Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Middle Schoolers Empowered to Spread Kindness

In sixth grade, students have been designing tangible products that serve as a reminder to promote and inspire kindness.  Their creations vary from water bottles to canvas bags to sweatshirts, and each one is marked with a self-constructed symbol and a compassionate quote.  Over the summer, 6th-grade students read the book,  Wonder, which is  filled with precepts that encourage kindness, motivation and reminders to be true to yourself. In class, they researched and... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, September 14, 2020

Middle Schoolers Create Class Charters For The School Year

Each day, complimenting one person, respecting each other's ideas, and keeping spaces clean are just a few of the objectives that can be found on the bright blue poster hanging in Robin Trusty's fifth-grade classroom. As a part of their Social and Emotional Class Charter, the poster features the students' signatures, and a complete list of rules, promises, and guidelines the class and teacher agreed to uphold for the school year.  "The class charter gives... Read More
at Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Lausanne Student Chosen For University of Memphis African American Male Academy

Lausanne rising eighth-grader Tre Brewer '25 has been accepted into the University of Memphis African American Male Academy . The African American Male Academy identifies, recruits and inducts black students into a culture of inclusive excellence. Starting in middle school, 50 African American male eighth-graders in good academic standing at their schools are selected via application. The initiative takes an applied developmental approach. Beginning in middle school,... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Lausanne Student Featured In Time For Kids Article

When Time For Kids magazine asked their readers for their thoughts, feelings, and opinions about the global coronavirus emergency, Lausanne student Shanaya Pokharna '27 knew she had a story to tell.  "The COVID-19 pandemic has changed lives forever. We have been at home, but I salute all healthcare workers who have risked their lives every single day to help us stay healthy and safe," Shanaya said.  Her story was one of six shared by the magazine from... Read More
at Monday, June 29, 2020

Fifth Grade Students Staying In Contact Over The Summer Via Classroom Project

With students on summer break, Lausanne fifth grade teacher Dr. Robin Trusty wanted a way to keep her students connected with each other.  As the school year drew to an end, Trusty sent a letter home to each of her students with a special surprise inside...a “Flat Dr. Trusty.” The idea came from the Flat Stanley Project, which was started in 1995 by Canadian third-grade school teacher Dale Hubert. It was created to facilitate letter-writing by schoolchildren... Read More
at Wednesday, June 24, 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

Middle School Art Students Feature Photography In Virtual Gallery

Eighth-grade art students at Lausanne are working on a "forced perspective photography" assignment for teacher Geri Floyd's class and posting their finished work in a virtual art gallery. "The purpose of this lesson for my students was to get them thinking creatively while utilizing the technology that they had on hand while at home," Floyd said. "Their cell phones and computers could be used in a different way while we all are online learning during this... 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

Middle School Students Promote Energy Conservation

Lausanne eighth grade students worked hard on their Energy Conservation Campaigns to create different ways to encourage the community to reduce their electrical energy usage. The campaigns were their summative project for the Electricity and Magnetism Unit.  The project’s goal was to encourage the community to reduce their electrical energy usage by explaining the how and the why.  Students made PSA’s, Powtoons, children’s books, trifold bulletin... Read More
at Thursday, April 30, 2020

Lausanne Middle School Students Enjoy Virtual Lunches With Inspiring Memphians

Filing into virtual classrooms has become the norm for Lausanne students and teachers as the 2019-20 school year is completed off-campus. For some students in the sixth grade, "walking" into their virtual lunch during the week is an exciting game of seeing what surprise might await them in the form of a special guest. "I first had the idea when I watched John Krasinski’s Some Good News and saw how excited the kids were when he brought on special guests," teacher... Read More
at Thursday, April 23, 2020

Middle School Takes The Race For The House Cup Online

The Lausanne middle school is not letting the fact that students are not on campus get in the way of the beloved house activities. The race is in the home stretch for the coveted house cup and things are definitely heating up virtually!  The Lausanne house system was designed to connect students both within and across grades five through eight via a common identity, cause and activity. Houses offer students and teachers the opportunity to work with one another outside of the academic... Read More
at Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Lausanne Middle School Students Finding Solutions For Real World Problems

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, one of the greatest needs for healthcare workers and those who are immunocompromised is protective masks.  The demand for the masks has created a shortage, which puts those in greatest need at risk. However, crafty people are stepping up to create homemade masks for health care workers facing shortages amid the coronavirus pandemic. A famous quote from Fred Rogers is, “When I was a boy and I would... Read More
at Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Middle School Teachers Adapting To New Classroom Setting

Hectic. Yet gratifying.  Those words from Kyle Lawrence describe the experience of many middle school teachers as virtual learning at Lausanne continues.  "It has been fun for me to relinquish some control and allow my students to take ownership of their learning in the Social Studies realm of education," Lawrence said. "I enjoy the freedom my students now have to pursue their own passions with Genius Hour." Lawrence said he misses seeing... Read More
at Wednesday, April 1, 2020