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Category: Middle Years Programme

Students Walk In The Fictional Footsteps Of Novel Characters During Field Trip To Elmwood Cemetery

In conjunction with their classroom novel, Graveyard Girl, students across fifth grade had the opportunity to tour Elmwood Cemetery, one of the oldest and most famous historical sites in the Mid-South. The history-filled expedition allowed students to follow the fictional footsteps of the characters from the book and learn more about the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1897. With a guided tour from Elmwood staff members, students explored the dramatic Entry Bridge, the Carpenter-... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, October 7, 2022

STEAM Students Create "Better Bots"

Students in Kim Bullard's eighth-grade STEAM class put their creativity to work when faced with helping a fictional toy maker with a problem he was having. "Two weeks ago, I presented the class with a problem," Middle School STEAM teacher Kim Bullard said. "A local toy maker was disappointed that his sales numbers were down for the last three months. The robots he had made were cute and fun to look at but weren't selling."  Students in the class were then t... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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

MYP Chemistry studies prepare students for college

At Lausanne, our Middle Years Programme (MYP) Chemistry studies prepare students for college by providing them with a fundamental understanding of the composition and structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. Content in this course covers atomic structure, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, thermodynamics, organic chemistry and acid-base. Analytical thought develops by applying problem-solving skills to chemical computation and the use of the scientific method in laborato... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, September 14, 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

Sixth Grade History Buffs Re-Create Historical Artifacts

Our sixth-grade history buffs had the opportunity to express themselves creatively when they re-created historical artifacts in their Individuals and Societies class.  Leading up to the project, the students explored the world's transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, focusing on the reemergence of culture, art, science and architecture from the Roman and Greek classical periods.    The sixth-graders had to research and choose a piece of Renaissance Art, Arch... Read More
at Thursday, May 20, 2021

Fifth-Graders Practice Laws Of Motion With Marble Race

Fifth-graders in Mrs. Bullard's Science class had the opportunity to test their knowledge of engineering recently when they constructed a marble race maze.   The activity contributes to their Middle Years Programme (MYP) curriculum, in which students learn about Sir Isaac Newton and how we can see the Laws of Motion in our everyday lives.  "We've discussed concepts relating to Laws of Motion ranging from why we wear seatbelts to the amount of for... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, May 5, 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

Sixth-Graders Create Unique Way To Remember The 13 Colonies

Lausanne sixth-graders took their Lower School peers on an engaging journey through history recently when they taught them how to remember the order of the 13 colonies in a unique way.    As part of their MYP Geography Unit, students learned about some of the "Absolutes" that students should know before leaving 6th grade. One of those absolutes is the 13 colonies in the order in which they were founded.  To drive this learning home, Mr. Lawrence tasked the students... Read More
at Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Upper Schoolers Channel Memphis Photographer

Upper School photography students recently had the opportunity to channel famous Memphis photographer William Eggleston in a project that challenged their creative abilities.  Students explored the photographer's technique before heading outdoors for "photo walks" to take photos of what inspired them, using the methods they learned.   "The goal for students was to capture photographs that used their knowledge of the artist but also connected them to their own li... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, November 27, 2020

Middle School Students Compete In National History Bee

Middle schoolers Sachin Lyons '26 and Hugh Parker '25 had the opportunity to demonstrate their historical knowledge while representing Lausanne recently when they competed virtually in the Regional Final for the History Bee.  The contest, hosted by the International Academic Competitions, tested the students' knowledge of USA and world history. Both Sachin and Hugh exceeded the challenge, qualifying them for the National Championship, which is being held... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, November 20, 2020

Lausanne's Middle School Honors Students With IB Learner Profile Awards

Lausanne's Middle School had the opportunity to honor multiple students across Fifth through Eighth Grade with an IB Learner Profile - October Community Leaders of the Month certificate. Award recipients earned recognition because of their commitment to displaying what it means to be a good community leader through the 10 IB Learner Profile attributes, which empower students to be Open-Minded, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Inquirers, Reflective, Know... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Upper Schoolers Host Annual Egg-Drop Challenge

During a recent outdoor activity, Upper School students in Mrs. Faunne Brown's MYP Physics HL class gathered over a 6-meter high ramp by the main gym at Lausanne. They took turns testing the durability of their handmade Egg-Drop projects, made from plastic drinking straws and transparent tape. As a part of the annual Upper School Egg-Drop competition, MYP Physics HL students spent weeks researching real-world scenarios involving fragile objects surviving high-velocity impact co... Read More
at Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Seventh-Graders Create Dichotomous Keys For Pumpkins

As seventh-graders in Mrs. Hoffman's Life Science class examined the small piece of pumpkin they had carved out and placed under a microscope, they chatted amongst themselves. "This is so awesome," exclaimed one middle schooler. "Who knew a pumpkin looked like this under a microscope," chimed in another.   As a part of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) unit, Classifying and Exploring Life, students studied the characteristics of Life, how to use a microscope an... Read More
at Friday, November 6, 2020

MYP Unit On Human Rights Inspires Sincere Speeches From Students

Sixth-graders in Mr. Lawrence's class tackled a challenging subject recently when they explored human rights in a global society and gave sincere speeches about it in front of their classmates. Each year, the 6th-grade individual societies class begins with the Middle Years Programme Unit (MYP) on Human Rights. During this time, students learn the 30 United Declaration of Human Rights and apply them to our world today.  "Given the state of the world and what is happening ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Eighth-Grade Entrepreneurs Create All Natural Bath Bomb Company

A big part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Lausanne is implementing the curriculum students learn in the classroom to real-world situations.  The goal is for students to build skills they can use on and off-campus and in the future when they leave Lausanne. Recently, eighth-graders Jaqueline Beeber '25 and Sara Kapadia '25 did just this when they created Blossom Bombs, a company that sells homemade, all-natural bath bombs using so... Read More
at Tuesday, October 6, 2020