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2011-12 Academic Calendar
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Daily Schedule
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11, Saturday
6PM - Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table
16th Annual Valentine's Dinner

15, Wednesday
7:30AM - Finance Mtg.

16, Thursday
3:15PM - Curriculum Mtg.
7:18PM - LRP Mtg.

18, Saturday
9AM - 2PM  All-School Clean-up

20-24, Monday - Friday

20 - 22, Monday - Wednesday
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parents - sign up here

20, Monday
6:30PM - Board Mtg.

28, Tuesday
3:15PM - Personnel

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

Hot Lunch Menu

Mon, 2/13 - Pasta Marinara
Tues, 2/14 - Quesadillas
Wed, 2/15 - Stew & Cornbread
Thur, 2/16 - NO HOT LUNCH

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

10 February 2012

This weekend, experience both

at our 16th Annual Valentine's Dinner...

Saturday, February 11 (TONIGHT!) at the Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table.
Call Susan at 608-606-4566 to reserve one of the last few seats.

The Whole Plate on WDRT
The Whole Plate, our own Foods and Nutrition curriculum, will be the focus of "Who's in the Kitchen?" this Saturday, February 11 and next Saturday, February 18 from 10 - 11AM on WDRT. Listen in while Philothea Bezin talks with Shawn Lavoie, Cadan Cummings, Dawn Hundt, and Jane Siemon about the work we do to teach students about food. On the air at 91.9FM, or streaming online at

Thank You
- Sonya Newenhouse and Tom Wilson for their presentations to the Thermal Physics class.

YIHS is seeking:
- wool stuffing for doll-making.
- dyed wool.
- felting needles.
- embroidery floss.
- bits of special fabric.
- old wool sweaters in interesting colors.
- sewing machines, in reliable working condition.
- brown paper bags.
- paint, in pinks, greens, and browns.
- a few more sponsors to offset this year's Valentine's Dinner expenses

PRWS/YIHS Ski Day at Mt. La Crosse
Tuesday Feb 21 9:45am-4pm
Lift ticket: $12.25
Ski rental & Lift: $17.25
Snowboard rental & Lift:  $27.25

Please call Paula Grenier 608-606-3500 for more information or to sign up to get the group rate with us.

Pastor Meg Hoversten spoke to the Western Religions class on Thursday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Winter Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 20, 21, and 22--daytime hours on Monday; afternoon and evening hours Tuesday and Wednesday. Sign up here.

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

AWSNA Regional Conference
Interested YIHS members are encouraged to attend the AWSNA Great Lakes Regional Conference, February 23-25 at the Minnesota Waldorf School in St. Paul.

The conference brochure is available at the Minnesota Waldorf School website. Information about other AWSNA-sponsored events is available here.

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

Viroqua's Premiere Showing of
Inside Job with Matt Damon

Underground Theatre
Sunday 12 Feb , 7:00 PM

On a cold winter night in February come on down to the Fortney Underground Theatre for a screening of the Oscar winning "Inside Job," one man's tale of the unravelling of America's financial dominance. What happened to melt The Street? There are no simple answers, only simple epithets.
Narrated and Produced by Matt Damon, directed and created by Charles Ferguson. Winner at Cannes, Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals. Includes Bush, Bernanke, Geitner, Obama and a host of "interested parties". No admission charged, donation buckets will be available if you feel motivated.
Public, open for RSVP.
This is a party

The Turning Place: Where Spirit and Earth Meet, is a center to hold meetings and activities related to Spiritual Science and its fruits. The Turning Place moved from Main Street last summer and after organizing the space and the library, the steering committee feels ready to offer a small program or festival study at each monthly meeting. We invite you to share in what we hope will be a nurturing activity.

Our monthly Turning Place meeting will take place on the second Monday of the month. The next meeting is Monday evening February 13, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Room 202, Landmark Center. For those who wish to socialize and browse the anthroposophical library, we will open at 6:30 pm.
The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm with our study this month on Rudolf Steiner’s Verse for America and we will work with Annette Conlon to move it with Eurythmy.

At 8:00 we will begin our business meeting, looking ahead to other monthly topics for the coming year. If you would like to be part of the planning, we welcome your ideas. If not, people can leave at this time.

Our monthly meetings are open to all who share an interest in the work of Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy. We invite local friends of anthroposophy to share their work with us during these meetings, so let us know if you are interested in presenting some time during the year. We would like to have a statement describing your presentation or an outline; we also plan to have festival studies four times during the year (March, June, Sept., Nov).

Call or email with questions: 608-629-5507

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,  February 18
- Basics of Blacksmithing with Robert Schulz
Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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