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Marc-Frédéric Ott, Ed.D.

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Letter from the Head of School - May 2016

Posted by Marc-Frédéric Ott, Ed.D. on 19/05/16 13:24


Dear Parents,

“Joyeux Printemps!” Spring has finally arrived here in the mountains in Leysin. As the school year rapidly draws to an end, we are working hard to prepare the end of year graduation events and to finish planning for the next school year. In this letter I would like to draw your attention to the following points:

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Letter from the Head of School - March 2016

Posted by Marc-Frédéric Ott, Ed.D. on 20/03/16 11:27


Dear Parents,

 We have had a great winter season with overall decent snow conditions, especially in recent weeks. As I am writing this letter to you, we have beautiful weather and almost spring-like temperatures.

The second semester has been very exciting and enriching for all of the LAS community members. During the Family Winter Week, we welcomed over 160 parents and siblings to the campus! It was very successful and we reconnected with parents, shared plans for the future, and listened to parents talk about how they would like to see the school move forward.

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Letter from the Head of School - December 2015

Posted by Marc-Frédéric Ott, Ed.D. on 13/12/15 08:26


Dear Parents,

As I am writing to you, students are in the middle of their semester examinations and will soon be ready to travel home. Our faculty are finishing their tasks and looking forward to attending the Staff Holiday Dinner, which is the last school event of this calendar year. As the holiday season begins, it is an excellent time to reflect on the first semester and I would like to share a few highlights:

  • Founders’ Day (Sept. 9): I shared the history of the school and Mrs. Sigrid Ott’s life since she co-founded LAS. It was her 99th birthday and she was very touched by the warm welcome from the LAS community.

  • LAS Alpine Institute: Under John Harlin’s leadership, the LAS Alpine Institute is connecting our students to the beautiful local environment through initiatives involving the Science department and outdoor activities. (The photo above is from an AI excursion.)

  • Fall Cultural Trips (Oct. 18 – 24): All the trips were successful and the students all enjoyed the experience. The grade 10 students can now say, “I survived Outward Bound.” This trip has become a rite of passage for all 10th

  • Athletics (Sept. through Nov.): All our sports teams competed well this season. A special congratulations to the Girls Volleyball team for making 2nd place at the ADISR tournament.

  • Visual & Performing Arts (December): Recently we had the privilege of seeing and enjoying the wonderful performances of This is a Test and The Static and the Winter Concert and Art Exhibition. It shows how much talent we have among our students in the creative arts.

  • Holiday Banquet (Dec. 11): the students were very well dressed and all enjoyed an excellent meal with their Faculty Families. The banquet ended with a wonderful performance by Ana Clara M. ‘16, Jakub L ‘16., Sultan A. ‘16, and Dravid C. ‘16. We also had the privilege of hearing a short speech by my grandmother Mrs. Sigrid Ott. The students truly appreciated it.


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