What do you get when you mix Computer Science with
Visual Arts? The new LSAS Musical Mural! Comprised
of doodles and pictures that students left around
campus last school year, this interactive mural plays
sound effects and music when you touch it. By
blending STEM and the Arts, we were able to bring
this piece to life. Be sure to check it out next time you
“I don’t know what I am doing but I am having fun,” said a student on the first day of class in Mr. Romero’s Intro to Proofs and Logic course. Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it in no time- we think having fun is the best place to start!
SCHOOL IS IN SESSION! We welcomed our students back to campus last week and hit the ground running. We started off strong by discussing our school philosophy, moved on to a challenge to see who could build the tallest marshmallow spaghetti structure, and even managed to squeeze in a school trip to Carolina Brothers for lunch! We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate being together again. Stay tuned to see what we are up to this year!
LSAS FINE ARTS NIGHT 2022! Check out this sample of some of the brilliant visual work we had on display! Fine Arts Night is one of our favorite traditions, complete with live music, sculpture art, graphic design, 2d art, and so much more. We can’t think of anything better than gathering as a community and celebrating our students’ creativity :-)
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Dr. Oliveau? More like Dr. OlivDOUGH! He should know better than to make bets with our students… they are always ready to rise to the occasion, especially if the reward is to coat him in flour.
Field Day 2022 was a blast! We hope your summer break is filled with just as much fun
"I'd be lying if I said grades don't matter to me anymore, because they do, and I know I'll care in college, but I also know what I'll miss most at LSAS is talking and messing around with all of my friends and teachers during classes and study breaks, during lunch and field trips, rather than cherishing every A." - Gabi, our 2022 Valedictorian
Congratulations to the Loudoun School for Advanced Studies Class of 2022! We are so proud of all that you have accomplished and are filled with confidence that you will all go off to Do Great Things in this world. Thank you for the impact you have made on our community here at LSAS. We can't wait to see you again!
LSAS is the "Futures" of education! This year for our DC trip, middle and high school students had the opportunity to explore the Smithsonian "Futures" exhibit and get a glimpse Into the world of tomorrow. After all, we know our students will play a big part in creating it!
We've been pranked! The senior class of 2022 has turned our world upside-down... literally!!! Happy last day of classes to all of our students here at LSAS, and best of luck on your final exams next week! We can't wait for all of you to get out there and this summer break
Celebrating our students' love of reading one book at a time, our middle school choice-book chain has made its way around the entire classroom!
Each link represents a book read by one of our brilliant middle school students. At a whopping total of 365 links, the chain averages at about 10 books per student this year alone-- and that's not counting books assigned by teachers!
Order in the court! The LSAS court is now in session, the honorable judge Mrs.Derr presiding. The Middle School English class culminated their study of "The Outsiders" in a mock trial, with the graduating class of 2022 serving as the jury.
Our French classes had an awesome field trip this week to the National Air & Space Museum's Dulles Annex, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and Petite Loulou Crêperie for lunch! They got to see various aircrafts that flew over France in WW-II, French space shuttles, other French aviation exhibits, and the IMAX presentation "The Dream is Alive," an in-depth look at inside the space shuttle in 1984. If you haven't checked out Petite Loulou Crêperie in Purcellville yet, LSAS can attest it's worth the trip! Our students said it was like a bit of Paris in northern VA. Thank you to our incredible French teacher, Madame Buld, for planning such a wonderful trip!
Happy Pi Day from LSAS! 🥧 ➗🎉 Thank you to our AP Calculus students for putting together some fun activities for us today to celebrate!
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ENGLISH: In today's English class, middle school students played a "Battle of the Gods" game, using cards they made based on the Olympians. They practiced annotation and reasoning skills, while learning about the characters of Greek mythology.
NEUROSCIENCE lab to understand what neurons are, how they communicate, the principle of rate coding, and how to record spikes using a SpikerBox!
TAKE THE JOURNEY through American history with our very own Jim Percoco. As an author, historian, and educator, Mr Percoco inspires LSAS middle and high school students everyday as he brings history to life.
JINGLE ON THE RUNWAY once again, LSAS students, parents and teachers came together to run for great causes. Race proceeds benefit Special Olympics Virginia, the Committee for Dulles Community Outreach, and the Washington Airports Task Force, all 501c3 nonprofit organizations.
ON THE MOVE our students and teachers participated together in the Sprout 5k. We are so lucky to have such a great sense of community here at LSAS!
HOLIDAY CHEER for everybody with the help of our incredible Art teacher, Danielle Ferrin. She makes every Monday special for our students and faculty. We added some puppy love too! ⛄️🎨🐶
MIDDLE SCHOOL at LSAS Each link on the chain represents a book that a middle schooler has chosen to read (not assigned by a teacher) and finished. Doing our part to create lifelong readers! ❤️📚.
GEOMETRY exploring similarity with proofs.
LSAS HALLOWEEN fun thanks to one of our very special families. Our ground floor was transformed into a Haunted Carnival full of scary surprises for everyone who dared to enter! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this a great event for our students.
CREATIVITY: Our Spanish 2 class recently completed a project where they got to write and act out their own scene about shopping at a store while learning about that vocabulary this unit! In tandem with our school-wide efforts to be more eco-friendly this year, students were challenged to make their own outfits using recycled materials. Props to our amazing teacher, Ms. Moreno, for always making class so much fun!
JOLLIFICATION: One of our favorite biweekly advisory activities is Jollification, a competition of mini-games and challenges between grade levels. This week's competitions involved catching markers in buckets on top of our heads and shooting soda cans hung by toilet paper with rubber bands. It's definitely a way to add a little extra fun to our day. The 8th graders are in the lead right now, but it's a long year, so it's anybody's game! Stay tuned for more challenges!
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT at LSAS for parents and teachers to meet and share a day in the life of our students.
A DAY IN THE LIFE come see how school is different at LSAS. Our courses emphasize research, problem solving and collaboration. Curious students who aspire to positively impact the world belong at Loudoun School for Advanced Studies.
Day 1 the beginning of another inspiring year at LSAS thanks to our extraordinary teachers, students and families.
BACK AT IT students and teachers are back in the classrooms and enjoying lunch outside by the LSAS garden.
BACK TO SCHOOL after a long summer of planning, preparing and looking forward to the exciting return of our students.
DESIGN CHALLENGES fort building, water rockets and mousetrap cars. Learning is messy!
FORT BUILDING design challenge begins!
GEOMETRY of bubbles using Zometool, developed to ignite the imaginations of future architects, scientists and engineers.
DR SOHL explores geometry with our summer campers.
LSAS SUMMER CAMP August 2-6 from 9-4 Join Mr. Romero, Dr Sohl and Coach Dan for a peek into life at LSAS. Sports in the morning with Coach Dan. Water rockets, mousetrap car design competitions, bubble math and triangle tricks are just some of the activities planned for afternoons full of fun. Perfect for rising 6-9th graders! Text us at 703-956-5020 to learn more.
So great! Congratulations
The Loudoun School for Advanced Studies was recognized with a Pace Setters award.
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Julie Sohl received a B.A. in Chemistry and a minor in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College. As an undergraduate, she did research in Biochemistry studying enzyme kinetics and protein dye binding. Dr Sohl pursued a Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of California at San Francisco where she studied protein folding and published numerous papers before continuing post-doctoral research on proteins at UC Berkeley.
Dr Sohl has two children and learned to speak Swedish while living in Sweden for several years. Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Sohl began teaching at the Academy of Science (AOS) in Loudoun where she taught Integrated Science (physics, Earth science and chemistry), and AP Biology, while also mentoring independent student research for over a decade before accepting a teaching position at LSAS. Dr. Sohl most enjoys teaching by answering questions with more questions in order to allow students to experience the joys of self-discovery. Her goal in the classroom is to develop the skills of a lifelong learner by sparking every student’s innate curiosity and then helping them develop the tools to collect and evaluate data in order to answer their questions.
Outside of school, Dr. Sohl enjoys riding her bike. Many years ago she rode through Indonesia, India, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya (with some flights in between!) and learned that the world is very different from Nebraska where she grew up.
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Meet Mr. Romero
Department Chair: Science & CS
David earned his B.S. in Physics from Caltech. He is interested in condensed matter physics – specifically systems that demonstrate quantum effects at large scales, like superconductors and superfluids.
David’s been teaching since 2006. He served as an AmeriCorps member at Tenth Street Elementary in Los Angeles as part of Everybody Wins L.A.!, working with ELL students, organizing lunchtime read-alouds with downtown Los Angeles professionals, and facilitating a path-to-college workshop for parents. At Western New York Maritime Charter in Buffalo he supported struggling students, organized talks from University of Buffalo engineering students, and collaborated with other service sites throughout the region. For three years, David taught advanced students at BASIS Scottsdale, teaching physics and math. He coached the Science Bowl team to three state championships, with the team placing in the top ten at the national competition.
David feels the most whole when he is serving others. The joy of watching how quickly young people can learn and grow gives him hope for the future. LSAS’s optimistic and caring atmosphere is what drew him to move across the country just to work here. He hopes to explore what can and should be done to enable students to work hard and enjoy learning.
SUMMER SPOTLIGHT our first middle school book club took place earlier this week. The discussion was based on Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. A fun way to stay connected with LSAS friends over the summer!
CLASS OF 2021 is off to University of Virginia, William & Mary, Clemson, VCU, CNU Presidential Leadership Program, Ursinus, Bryn Mawr, GMU Honors Program, University of Tennessee and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Congratulations to our graduates. We will miss you!
CLASS OF 2021
LSAS GRADUATION procession on this beautiful day. Students, families and faculty celebrate our seniors!
RESEARCH: This week, we got to listen to our high schoolers present their spring semester independent research projects and our 8th grade class present their semester group research project! With topics that ranged from mechanotransduction to Japanese architecture, it's safe to say we all learned a lot this week by listening! Major thanks to Ms. Gam, Dr. Sohl, and Dr. Clinton for serving as the faculty advisers for these students as they completed their projects throughout the semester. Great job, everyone!