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Category: Middle Years Programme

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... 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... Read More
at Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Q and A With Dr. Robert Lewis, Head Of Middle School

When Dr. Robert Lewis visited Lausanne in early March, Covid-19 was just beginning to change our day to day lives. Upon accepting the position, Dr. Lewis spent the summer preparing for his new role and how he would continue to positively shape the lives of students during a pandemic. When his tenure at Lausanne began in August, the experienced administrator immediately began making an impact, adding perspective to the school's plans for reopening and moving forward with the ... Read More
at Monday, October 5, 2020

Middle Schoolers Live Prehistoric

Our 5 th  graders transformed their socially distanced desks into caves as they studied petroglyphs. Brown butcher paper became cave walls for the as the Class of 2028 showcased their creativity through the eyes of a prehistoric human.  The students have been studying the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras in Individuals and Societies, part of their Middle Years Programme curriculum (MYP). After being introduced to "Prehistory," they learned about the discovery of... Read More
at Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Lynx Teacher Launches Genius Hour For Students In Sixth Grade

Lausanne students are now in their second week of virtual learning. For some middle school students, the extra time that social distancing and quarantining provides has left them wanting more. With that in mind, sixth-grade individuals and societies teacher Kyle Lawrence had an idea. Why not start a "Genius Hour?" Genius Hour is a Google-inspired program that was developed by the creators of Google to allow their employees 20% of their workday to follow projects that they are... Read More
at Monday, March 23, 2020

Middle & Upper School Girls Work Together To Ensure Bright Future For Robotics

Tucked away in the back corner of the second floor of the library at Lausanne on afternoons throughout the week, you can witness the future of Lausanne robotics working with the present.  The ladies of  Upper School robotics are making sure that the future is a bright one for the program.  You might remember that last year, the Lausanne all-female middle school robotics team competed at the University of Memphis robotics competition with Dalia Chemaitilly '21 and... Read More
at Thursday, March 12, 2020

Lausanne STEAM Students Compete in Engineering Event At U of M

A group of Lausanne Middle and Upper School STEAM students had the opportunity to utilize their engineering skills outside of the classroom when they attended E-Day at the University of Memphis.  The annual event, hosted by the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis, consisted of competitions, lab tours and various interactive activities.  Eighth-graders from Ms. Bullard's Advanced STEAM class competed in E-Day and took home first place in the Knex... Read More
at Friday, November 1, 2019

Middle School Students Study Earthquake Engineering As Part Of Class Exercise

Many areas of the globe are prone to earthquakes. Here in the Mid-South region, we sit on something known as the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The 150-mile long seismic zone extends into five states and includes West Tennessee. Sixth grade Lausanne students are studying tectonic plates and the Earth’s layers and composition in Science class. As part of that study, they have also been in STEAM researching structure design, specific types of braces and joints that are more resistant... Read More
at Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Middle Years Programme in 10th Grade

It’s not often someone considers the mathematical probability of the existence of extraterrestrial life. But with the IB curriculum at Lausanne, questions stream from the minds of our students. IB learners strive to be inquirers, figuring out new ways to ask questions and find elusive solutions.   In the final year of the MYP, sophomores are required to complete a capstone personal project... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Sunday, April 21, 2019

Eighth-Graders Taking Steps To Help The Environment

Lausanne always encourages students to work towards a better tomorrow, and making sure we have a clean environment is an essential part of the process.   To help do their part in maintaining an environmentally friendly campus, each year the middle schoolers participate in the Sustainable Schools Challenge created by CleanMemphis. The goal of the challenge is to teach students to care for the environment by completing tasks like creating energy efficient projects, cleanups and garden... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, April 5, 2019

Lausanne Students Earn Multiple Awards at Language Fair

Lausanne always encourages global mindednesses and because of this, students across all grade levels are able to appreciate and expand their knowledge of other cultures and languages. As a part of the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) at Lausanne, students participate in daily Spanish and Mandarin lessons from Pre-Kindergarten until Fourth Grade while they are in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). Their daily lessons help prepare the students as they enter middle school in Fifth... Read More
at Thursday, April 4, 2019

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

“MYP learners engage with larger ideas rather than memorizing facts for an exam, so students can develop learning skills that can be utilized to promote independence throughout their life,” said Greg Graber, head of Middle School. “We want our students to be able retain what they are learning and in the future be able to use the skills taught in our classrooms with confidence. The MYP provides this for our students.” The MYP offers a broad range of understanding... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Sunday, March 3, 2019

Lausanne Students Receive Duke TIP Recognition

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that has served over 2.8 million academically talented students in grades four through twelve since 1980.  As 7th graders, Lausanne students who were awarded Duke TIP recognition in the spring of 2016 had the opportunity to take the SAT or ACT.   Students that participated in the advanced testing and had high scores were offered opportunities to participate in summer programs offered by... Read More
at Monday, October 22, 2018

Seventh-graders host Food Equity Summit

Building character through service to others and being aware of the world around you are characteristics that Lausanne consistently strives to teach its students. For Lausanne seventh-graders, these traits are at the forefront of their minds, so the students set out to understand how they can help make the community they live in a better place. These efforts tie into their yearly service learning project. This year, seventh-graders are creating a product or service to help... Read More
Posted by Drew Smith at Tuesday, October 16, 2018