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Sixth Grade Students Learn Map Projecting As Part Of Minecraft Project

Over the next three weeks, sixth-grade students in Tom Brazina’s class will be undertaking a Minecraft mapping project where they will be charged with representing a famous map projection in Minecraft.  “This project allows the students to practice what they learned during their mapping unit while reflecting on the impacts of science,” Brezina said.  Brezina said this exercise helps the students as part of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) sciences criterion. ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Eighth-grade Students Create Their Own Countries During Unique Classroom Exercise

As part of their year-long Middle Years Programme (MYP) theme on globalization, students in eighth-grade study and research critical periods and historical events that have shaped today's world from a global perspective.  When students recently kicked off their MYP unit on the Age of Imperialism, they were organized in small groups and told that they were an imperial nation but would not know which nation they were until the end of the activity.   "The end goal was to c... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, December 31, 2021

Seventh Grade Students Create Lausanne Tree Database

Seventh-grade science students worked hard on an exciting project for their MYP Classifying and Exploring Life unit.    For the exercise, which students call the Lausanne Tree Project, the seventh-graders researched trees across Lausanne's campus and designed web pages for a Lausanne Tree Database. Additionally, students built birdhouses to hang on branches and designed nameplates in their STEAM class to place at the base of each tree. The nameplates have a QR code that, when... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Sixth-Grade Students' Interactive Learning Experience Brings Book To Life

As students in sixth grade read The Giver by Lois Lowry for one of their reading assignments, they had the opportunity to bring the book to life with an interactive learning experience in Maria Pirani's English class.  "We held a "Ceremony of Twelve" in my classes," Ms. Pirani shared. "In the book, children get their life assignments or jobs at the age of 12. The book shows what happens when total security threatens freedom of choice." For the i... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Fourth Grade Students Take Field Trip Back In Time

Lausanne's fourth-graders wrapped up their most recent unit of inquiry with a field trip to Grand Junction, TN where they stepped back in time.  The unit of inquiry, Where We Are In Place & Time, was focused on family histories and immigration. Parents, grandparents and a brother-in-law shared their immigration stories with the students. "We were fortunate to hear from families about their migrations from China, Mexico, Argentina, Nigeria, Lebanon and India, via ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Lausanne House Competition Starts The Year Strong

The Lausanne House Competition has gotten off to an incredible start this year, and as the first trimester comes to an end, the four houses are all locked in a tight battle to see who will be declared the winner of the House Cup this year. The house competition for this year started with a “Welcome Back Poster.” Each Grade Level House created a poster welcoming back a grade level on campus. They had to put an inspirational phrase, a learner’s profile trait and som... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Lausanne Band Has Week Of Workshops and Performances

Upper School students in band got a treat on Tuesday when local brass musician and educator Bryan Finley led a technique workshop. Finley is a Brass Instrumental Specialist who works with students on technique fundamentals. As an educator, he teaches private brass lessons and provides brass workshops for school bands and directors.  “Hosting a workshop like this communicates and demonstrates alternative pedagogy to our students that is invaluable for their ongoing developing skil... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Middle School Scientist Investigate Pumpkin Smasher CSI Lab

What started as an amusing joke for the seventh-graders in Brooke Hoffman's science class turned into an exciting pumpkin-themed lab for the students.  "I was carving a pumpkin in my room so the students could look at different parts under the microscope and they started calling me a pumpkin killer and a mad scientist," Mrs. Hoffman shared. "Then, they made Wanted posters with my name and picture on them. They carried on like this for several days, so I decided that... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Middle School Students Compete For House Points In School Supply House Band Competition

Lausanne Middle School students participated in a brand new house activity last week when they took to the stage in the Elder Performing Arts Center (EPAC) with the School Supply House Band competition. “This was an idea that stemmed from Jimmy Fallon’s Classroom Band cover songs that he does on The Tonight Show,” Sixth Grade Individuals and Societies Teacher and House System Director Kyle Lawrence said. After Fall Break, students were tasked with working together in the... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Middle School Students Artwork On Display As Part Of Color My World Exhibit

Lausanne art students in the fifth and sixth grades began their year creating with various new mediums in their art classes. That artwork is now on display in Blackmon Gallery as a part of the Color My World exhibit through November 12. In the fifth grade, students studied the art of Alma Woodsey Thomas, (1891-1978). "They studied her artwork that features light and movement through color, pattern and line,” Middle School Visual Arts teacher Geri Passaro-Floyd said. &ld... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, October 18, 2021

Middle School Students Expand Their Reading Palates With Book Tasting

Lausanne fifth-graders had the opportunity to expand their reading palates with a book tasting experience held in our campus library.  Featuring a seating arrangement complete with tablecloths, paper plates and a book menu, the event's restaurant-style atmosphere provided the perfect setting for students to sample some compelling reads.     Some of the genres available for evaluation included science fiction, nonfiction, classics, biographies, fantasy and books from... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Middle School Students Take Part In Two Day BRIDGES Workshop

Lausanne students spent the final two days before Fall Break learning about themselves and each other through discussions and team-building as the BRIDGES organization visited with students in classrooms. BRIDGES, a local Memphis organization that "provides students an opportunity to find their voice through unique experiential learning activities that are adventurous, relational and transformative," was invited to campus by the head of Middle School David Nelson after the pandemic... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell

Sixth Grade Students Attend Public Speaking Boot Camp

To better prepare students for speaking in front of their class on a serious topic, sixth-grade Individuals and Societies Teacher Kyle Lawrence established a “Public Speaking Boot Camp” on Monday as a cooperative learning activity for his sixth-grade students. Students walked a total of 10 stations, practicing various parts of public speaking. Stations included: Citing resources within a speech. Telling a joke. Finding your voice in a conclusion Hand placement while speak... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, October 4, 2021

Middle Schoolers Commit To Knowledge, Truth And Honor Code

Knowledge, truth and honor are at the core of Lausanne's Middle School, a fact highlighted in the KTH Code. Students pledged themselves to these values during a ceremony today in Elder Performing Arts Center. As part of their official KTH Code, middle schoolers exhibit a strong work ethic, positive attitude, cooperative spirit, pleasant nature and a genuine commitment to Knowledge, Truth and Honor. Students pledge to be honest in word and deed, do quality work, self-advoca... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, September 30, 2021

Middle School Kicks Off Club Time

Lausanne Middle School students filed into the Elder Performing Arts Center (EPAC) on Wednesday for a chance to pick out their clubs for the year. “We believe joining a club is a great way to explore new interests,” Assistant Head of Middle School Robin Trusty said. “It allows students to learn something new without the stress that often comes with school courses. Clubs connect students with like-minded people and allow you to become part of a community.” Among the c... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Thursday, September 16, 2021

Seventh-Graders Use Natural Resources Around Campus To Build Miniature Shelters

During a recent STEAM collaboration in Middle School, seventh-grade students designed shelters to withstand rain and wind using only materials available in the environment. As students explore how people historically survived off their surroundings in Ms. Hammons' Individuals and Societies class, their STEAM activity correlated with their current curriculum and helped give them a real-world example of sustainability. The seventh-graders split into groups and spread out across specific... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, September 8, 2021