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Students Create Digital Masterpieces With Assistance From Fellow Student

When thinking up innovative ways to learn in the classroom, you don't have to look further than Lausanne students and teachers.  "Mrs. Fernandez came to me about a month ago about a project she envisioned for her students encompassing the novel they were reading," Director of Academic Technology & Innovation Amy Brownlee said.  Fifth Grade Language Arts teacher Cass Fernandez wanted her students to do an art piece to accompany their written essays about the symb... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, December 8, 2022

Middle School Students Represent Lausanne At Model UN Competition

While most of their classmates were on campus, on the fourth floor of City Hall, Dylan Steinfeld '27, Coopers Mears '27, Kylie Roberson '28 and Sara Pradhan '28 stood before a room full of middle schoolers from various schools. Despite being the first group to present and some of their first times participating in a Model UN competition, the Lynx committee was confident in their diplomatic approach and knowledge as delegates for Slovakia.  "It was a little n... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Middle School Students Explore The Similar Themes In The Giver And The Truman Show

As the students walked into class, it was clear that Thursday's class would be slightly different than usual.  Popcorn and candy sat at a stand by the door, and the environment looked more like a movie theatre than the traditional classroom.  But it wasn't simply movie day in Maria Pirani Aldrich's Sixth Grade Language Arts class.  The students just finished reading The Giver by Lois Lowry, and annotated different ways that the setting helped to develop th... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Thursday, December 1, 2022

2022 National Honor Society Inductions

59 Lausanne students were inducted into the National Honor Society this morning in a ceremony in the Elder Performing Arts Center.  To be eligible for induction into the National Honor Society, Juniors and Seniors must demonstrate a commitment to scholarship, character, leadership and service. In addition to achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher at the beginning of the school year, a committee of five teachers looks at each student's resume to determine whether... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, November 28, 2022

JK Students Cast Votes For Favorite Work Of Art

Students in JK got into the voting spirit during the recent elections by casting votes for their favorite painting from a series of famous artists.  After reading the book "I Voted" by Mark Shulman and Serge Bloch, the little Lynx from three classes faced the important decision of deciding their favorite piece of art.  In one race, two versions of the Mona Lisa were voted on. One by Leonardo da Vinci and another by Fernando Botero. In another, the choice was Starry... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Middle School Students Go Off The Grid To Create Power

Eighth-grade students in Kim Bullard's STEAM class recently learned about living off the grid and were challenged to find alternative ways to get power.  Given only a hobby motor and a small LED lightbulb, students were tasked with building windmills that generated enough electricity to light a small model house.  "It was very fun," said William Trott '27. "There were some challenges along the way, but troubleshooting the issue and making my windmill work m... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Thursday, November 10, 2022

Lausanne professional development day focuses on global citizenship

Today, Lausanne faculty and staff had a professional development day focused on global citizenship, diversity and inclusivity training. Lausanne develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through education that builds intercultural understanding and respect.  As members of the Council of International Schools, we are called to work to build a stronger community and ensure that our students are prepared for college and li... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, November 7, 2022

Immigrant Families Share Their Journey With Lausanne Fourth-Graders

Lausanne fourth-graders have spent the last few weeks studying the causes and effects of immigration as a part of their PYP unit of inquiry while gaining an understanding of the immigrant experience.  "We all share in the immigration story," fourth-grade teacher Susan White said. "Millions of people have made their way to America, and hundreds of thousands still come each year." As an international school, many community members at Lausanne have per... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Thursday, November 3, 2022

Diwali Gives Lausanne Students Chance To Share Cultural Tradition

"Lighting Diyas for Diwali is part of my family's tradition," said Malaika Kumar '23. "At Lausanne, we're encouraged to share our cultures with each other, and I thought this would be a fun way to share mine."  Led by Malaika, Lausanne students celebrated Diwali on campus this week. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is the most important holiday of the year in India. It's observed by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists.  One traditional way t... Read More
Posted by Drew Smith at Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Middle School Students Bond In Class Trip To Arkansas

As he harnessed in, what was once something that seemed easy in his head became real, and the nerves kicked in. The self-doubt voice of "can I do this" was loud but his classmates' voices cheering him on were even louder. He pulled the cord and began the swing from the treetops. The fear disappeared and was replaced with pure exhilaration and the roar of approval from his friends. Finn O'Malley '29 had done it. He had overcome fear, and his reward was congratulations fro... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Monday, October 24, 2022

Middle School Trips Return for 2022-23 School Year

Seventh Grade students restarted one of the Middle School's annual traditions this week: the Middle School Class Trip. The Class of 2028 left early Wednesday morning to journey to Camp Bear Track, a residential camp in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas on Greers Ferry Lake, for a few days of bonding and team building.  While class trips have long been a tradition in Lausanne's Middle School, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the school to cancel all of its trips since Spring 2020. Thi... Read More
Posted by Drew Smith at Friday, September 23, 2022

Lausanne Alumna Named Among First Recipients Of Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship

Lausanne alumna Ambria Williams '20 (NYU) was recently announced as one of the recipients of the Obama-Chesky Scholarship For Public Service, also known as the Voyager Scholarship.  Created by President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO, The Voyager Scholarship was formed to "help shape the next generation of leaders that will create meaningful change through understanding, empathy and cooperation." "This generation has so much to offer,"... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Tuesday, September 20, 2022

2023 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists Announced

Congratulations to Nick Dyer '23, Matthew Kulubya '23 and Nikhita Srinivas '23 for being named as Semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship! Today officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarship... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Middle School Students Celebrate Annual Raising Of House Flags

Lausanne's fifth through eighth-grade students gathered outside Upper Middle School yesterday to celebrate the annual raising of the Massey, Cottingham, Monmouth and Lendenwood House flags. The students erupted with cheers as Elinor Barrett '27, Jonah Elijovich '27, Terran Hauberg '27 and Emma Lee '27 took turns raising the flag in honor of their respective Houses.  The order of the flags is determined by the previous year's house cup race, and marks the sta... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Friday, September 9, 2022

New Flags Welcome Families From Outside of the United States

While families across the United States, from California to Virginia, have decided to call Lausanne home this year, the school is also welcoming students moving to Memphis from other countries to our community.  “Organizations like St. Jude, International Paper and FedEx all bring new employees from around the globe to Memphis,” explains Laura Trott, Lausanne’s Director of Admission. “Because these families are usually familiar with the International Baccalaureat... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson

Middle School Students Connect Grade Levels With House Activity

Lynx Middle School students are using their house activity to connect the 16 grade levels across the Lausanne campus. “For our House Activity this week the 7th and 8th graders created posters for the other grade levels around campus,” sixth-grade Individuals and Societies teacher and House System Director Kyle Lawrence said. “They worked on creating a poster that includes Social Emotional Learning, a positive note, a drawn picture and their House... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Friday, September 2, 2022