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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 School visitors better understand some of the learning topics they will cover next year and gifted them with Lausanne goodie bags.  

"I  love seeing the excitement in the fourth-graders faces because they all know that a grand Middle School adventure awaits," said fifth-grade teacher Dr. Trusty. "Learning about the hands-on activities, house sorting, novels, experiments, foreign languages, and the independence they get when they enter Middle School is enough to get anyone excited."

Our fourth-graders adjust to the International Baccalaureate Programme early on because of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) implemented into Lower School, but spending the day in fifth grade gives them a glimpse of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) begin next year.  

Previewing what to expect in fifth grade can also help Middle School transition more comfortable as they start evaluating information critically, using what they learn to take principled action and focusing on organization and time-management. 

"We were so excited to have Lower School guests at the Middle School during Step-Up Day," said Head of Middle School Robert Lewis. "We appreciated the opportunity to help our new class of rising fifth-graders familiarize themselves with our teaching team!"