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2011-12 Academic Calendar
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Daily Schedule
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Upcoming Deadlines

Friday, March 9
-opt out date for the ACT PLAN test on April 27
--registration deadline for the SAT prep class



3, Saturday
9AM - 3PM at PRWS
Compassionate Communication Workshop

7, Wednesday
7:30AM - Finance Mtg.

11, Sunday
6PM - Potluck Welcome for AWSNA visitors

12, Monday
7PM - Long Range Planning

13, Tuesday
7PM - Parent Meeting

15, Thursday
3:15 - Curriculum Meeting

16, Friday
7PM at the Rooted Spoon
Art Night!

19 - 30
Two Week Spring Play Intensive

Standing Meetings
3:15PM - Mondays
 -- Administrative Meeting
10:30AM - Thursdays
 -- Faculty Meeting
 -- Student Meeting

Hot Lunch Menu

Mon, 3/5 - Pasta Alfredo
Tues, 3/6 - Enchiladas
Wed, 3/7 - Cheese Sandwich w/Pasta Salad
Thur, 3/8 - Rice w/Veggies & Tofu

March Hot Lunch Form


The Whole Plate: A Return to Real Food  - the YIHS Foods & Nutrition Curriculum

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Three Rivers Waldorf School

Association of Waldorf Schools of North America

Waldorf Today

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute

riftless Folk School

Essential Skills Outdoor School

City of Viroqua

Driftless United Athletics

The Turning Place

Viroqua Area Hockey Association

Viroqua's Community Radio Station

More Links

The Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter

The Story of Stuff Project

The Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Presencing Institute

2 March 2012

Get ready for another YIHS Art Night!
Friday, March 16, 7PM at the Rooted Spoon
Enjoy our spring Art Night at the Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table, 215 S. Main St. in Viroqua on Friday 16 March at 7pm.  Featured art will include fine art from our block printing, photography, doll-making, and narrative illustration classes; technical art from our  soap-making, carpentry, and robotics classes; art from academic classes like World Religions, Dante's Inferno and Astronomy; live music, and a special sneak preview of the YIHS spring play.
This event is free and open to the public. Come support community, youth, and artistic expression!

Parent Meeting, Tuesday, March 13
Join us at 7PM on Tuesday the 13th for our next Parent Meeting where we'll talk about upcoming events, questions from the Long Range Planning group, and continue our discussion about Technology.

YIHS students help with childcare duties at the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Services Conference in LaCrosse last weekend - sometimes it's active, sometimes not so...

Welcome our visitors from Chicago Waldorf School!
On Sunday evening, March 11th at 6PM we'll host a potluck welcome for Colleen Everhart and Michael Holdrege who will be at YIHS for a couple of days for our annual AWSNA visit. They will be spending time with teachers and Board members and the Long Range Planning group while they're here, and would love to meet as many parents in the YIHS community as they can.

Fiber Arts/Doll Making Class

Making Fiber Art
Finger Puppets by our students (front row) and teacher Amy Arnold (back row).

Track & Field
with Viroqua Area Schools begins on Monday, March 5. Meet in the Middle School gym at 3:30PM. Contact coach Adrian Ugo with questions.

SAT Prep Class
The Youth Initiative High School will be offering an 11 session SAT test prep class starting on Saturday, March 17 with a full length practice SAT.  This class is geared towards preparing students to take the SAT on May 5.

The class will be taught by YIHS Faculty members Jacob Hundt and Shawn Lavoie, and we will be working from a Princeton Review textbook. We will be covering strategies and tips for doing well on all segments of the SAT, with plenty of opportunities for practice and improvement.  This class might also be good preparation for the ACT PLAN test which will be offered at YIHS on April 27. This class is open to all students in the local community.

SAT Practice, Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Test Registration and also tasty snacks.
March 17: Full length practice SAT from 8:15am - 12:30pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Class sessions from 3:20-5:00pm on March 20, 22, 27, 29, April 17, 19, 24, 26, May 1 and 3.
YIHS Art Room, Landmark Center, 3rd Floor.
How Much?
$40 - fee includes a Princeton Review textbook and snacks for weekday classes.
Sign Up?
To register, please contact Jacob Hundt at YIHS (608-637-6445 or by Friday, March 9. Non-YIHS students are welcome!

Junior College Tour - April 9 - 13
The YIHS 11th grade will be embarking on our annual Junior college tour during the week of April  9-13.  We will be visiting a variety of different campuses across the Midwest.  A tentative list includes Cornell College, Antioch College, Shimer College, Le Cordon Bleu/Chicago, University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Columbia College, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
We will most likely be able to stay for free with colleges, alumni, and family members and some meals will be covered by colleges.  Depending on the price of gas and the final route, we expect the cost per student to be about $125 for the week.  We will need an adult driver and two vehicles for this trip, probably a mini-van and a regular sedan or 2 minivans.  If you are interested in helping us out and getting a head start on the college search, please contact Jacob.

YIHS to Administer ACT PLAN Test
Friday, April 27
YIHS will be offering the ACT PLAN test for all students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades.  PLAN is a practice standardized test geared towards helping students to prepare to take the ACT, one of the two major national college entrance exams.  Since YIHS does very little timed multiple-choice testing, this is a great opportunity to experience what it will be like to take either the ACT or SAT, which is basic entrance requirement for most colleges.  The results of the ACT PLAN will be released to the students, their parents, and YIHS, but not to colleges or any other organizations, unless the student chooses to do that.  The test will take about 3 hours and will be free of charge for YIHS students.  Non-YIHS students may also take the test for a fee of $12.

We plan to administer the test to all students in grades 9, 10, and 11, unless we are officially notified by parents that they would not like their students to take the test.  To opt your son or daughter out of the test, please send a note to Jacob Hundt by Friday, March 9.

To help get ready for this test, Jacob will be offering a series of test prep sessions after school during late March and mid-April.  We also hope to organize a formal SAT/ACT prep class, which would also be great preparation for the PLAN.

If you have any questions about all of this, please contact Jacob at

Community News
Beloved Viroqua Farm For Sale!
It's less than 10 miles from town, just south of Liberty Pole, in a beautiful warm loving community of mindful neighbors.  The farmhouse is a renovated 6 bedroom, with a Russian stove for central heat, south facing two story with 1 bath--the house has been Coulee Cap weatherized.  There's a certified organic commercial kitchen and land---12 acres with  2-3 tillable, balanced pasture, woodland, and meadow, (possible to purchase only 10 acres), a renovated 20 x 30 studio with vaulted ceiling, loft and half bath, small summer kitchen, large milking barn, straight wood barn, greenhouse (will be repaired from storm damage), approx one acre of goat fencing.  Possible spring/pond--formerly on land--trees have grown inside reservoir.  $220,000.
Available for viewing through scheduled appointment after April 1st!  Adrienne Fox:  or 608-675-3737

News from AWSNA
The March issue of Inform, the AWSNA newsletter, is available here.

The annual Summer Conference, entitled Working with Young People, will be held in Sacramento, California, June 24-27. View the full brochure on the AWSNA website, or click here to register online.

A Springing Flinging Variety-type Show
Hear ye! Hear ye! The PRWS 6th Grade Class ushers in spring with “A Springing Flinging Variety-type Show!” to be held on Friday evening March 23rd.  Applications for acts are now being accepted!
Sign up your solo act or get a group together and come with your voice, tune, dance, skit, routine, or other special talent that is meant to be shared.  Applications can be picked up at the Pleasant Ridge office or by contacting Arwyn Wildingway at 637-8304 or

Young Writers Program
The Driftless Writing Center is launching its Young Writers Program.  We will be having our first 6 week workshop series start March 1st. There are 12 seats available, 6 in the 11-13 age group, and 6 in the 14-18 age group. The cost is $50 for the series: 1 workshop per week for 1-2 hours on Thursdays. 
Through the generosity of the community we have received sponsorship for 7 scholarships, which will be used to help offset costs of tuition.
Our goals for the students: to work with an experienced, professional writer, to gain knowledge of skills and techniques involved in the writing process from conception of idea through revision and polishing, to set up a public reading for the writers to share, and to assist any writer seeking publication with the submission process.
Start date: March 1st, Thursdays 3:30-4:30+ (flexible). Snacks will be included.
Where: Driftless Writing Center, RM 210 Landmark Center. Facilitators: Edward Schultz and Lisa Henner.  For questions and registration please contact Edward Schultz at 608-624-5155 or the Driftless Writing Center. Also, anyone wishing to sponsor a writer for this program please contact Edward Schultz at the above number.  Donations are tax deductable, as the Driftless Writing Center is a not-for-profit entity. Please call with any questions.
Edward Schultz
President DWC

BIOFUELS in our Community
On-Road and On-Farm Usage of Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) and Biodiesel
Building fuel self-sufficiency in our rural community
March 3, 2012, CROPP/Organic Valley
Wisconsin Bioenergy Services and Southwest Wisconsin Community Biofuels are co-sponsoring a community discussion of SVO and biodiesel usage, both on-road and on-farm. Learn the basics of SVO and biodiesel usage; how road and farm vehicle engines can be adapted for their use, regulations guiding their distribution, and lessons from experienced on-road and on-farm users.

The event will be held at CROPP/Organic Valley headquarters,  One Organic Way, La Farge WI from 9:00am till noon, followed by a light complimentary lunch.
Event Outline:
Welcome and Keynote Presentations
by Alicia Leinberger on SVO and biodiesel basics and by Taavi McMahon of GreasEnergy on the latest technology for converting engines to run on vegetable oil.
Break Out Sessions
-  Panel discussion of On-Road / On-Farm Use with community member and farmer voices of experience.  Bob Brylski of Wisconsin Bioenergy Services will share lessons from other communities on the distribution of biofuels, including regulatory considerations.
-  Fleet Managers discussion with CROPP / Organic Valley staff and partners
Vehicle Showcase
Get a close-up look at:
-   CROPP fleet trucks that have been adapted for use of SVO and biodiesel; speak with the people responsible for installing the adaptors and vehicle maintenance.
-   Cars adapted for (or simply using) SVO and biodiesel; visit with the community member owners who describe on a practical level what they’ve done and learned
-   Complimentary light lunch in the CROPP / Organic Valley cafe

This event is free and open to the public.
Time: 9:00am – 12 noon, Saturday March 3, 2012
Location: CROPP / Organic Valley HQ building – One Organic Way, La Farge  WI
For more information, please contact Bob Goonin or Becky Comeau at or 608 606-0276. Please RSVP if you can.

Prairie Hill Waldorf School seeks Administrator
Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee, WI is seeking an experienced Administrator for our ASWNA-accredited, 25 year-old school which serves 150 students and their parents from toddler to Grade 8.  Prairie Hill Waldorf School is located on 13 lovely acres of gardens, fields, wetlands, and woods in the heart of Waukesha County in an area known as “Lake Country”, just west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The region features several biodynamic farms, a LifeWays training center, the Great Lakes Waldorf Teacher Training program, and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.
View the position description here.

Driftless Folk School Classes

Visit to  learn more about upcoming classes, register online or download a registration form.

Saturday, March 10
  - Owling with Chuck Meyer
Saturday, March 17
  - Maple Sugaring with Vince Hundt
Saturday, March 31
  - Blacksmithing for Kids with Robert Schulz
Saturday, April 7
  - Grafting with Rikardo Jahnke
Saturday,  April 21
   - Beekeeping with Jordan Bendel
   - Slip Form Masonry with Tom Spicer
Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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