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The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter


22, Monday
4:30PM--Finance Mtg.

23-24 Tuesday, Wednesday
Faculty Inservice

23, Tuesday
6:30--Development Mtg.

25, Thursday
7PM--New Parent Orientation

27, Saturday
Back-to-School Clean Up Day

29, Monday - 9/2, Friday
Camping Trip,
Devil's Lake State Park


6, Tuesday
First Day of Regular Classes!

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Link to:

2011-12 Schedules

Other Related Links

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

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Three Rivers Waldorf School

Driftless Folk School

Essential Skills Outdoor School

20 August 2011

tickets on sale now!

2011 YIHS Camping Trip and
Orientation Week

August 29 - September 2
Plans are underway. Thank you to everyone who came to last week's meeting--we have lots of parents on board this year! If you missed the meeting, contact Jacob for more information. Students--make sure you are signed up for a meal time. Parents--we are still looking for tents!

Faculty Inservice
Tuesday and Wednesday, August 23, 24

All Faculty members are encourage to attend the inservice this week. Here is the schedule, see the Faculty Bulletin for details.

Tuesday, 8/23
9AM - 12PM  Meet with PRWS Faculty
1 - 3PM  Administrative prep for the year

Wednesday, 8/24
9-11AM - Artistic work
11-12 - Room assignments, clean-up
1 - 3:30 - Specific grade teachers meet

These committees
are setting goals for the coming year. You can join them!
Finance:           Monday, 8/22, 4:30PM
Development:  Tuesday, 8/23, 6:30PM
Curriculum:      Thursday, 9/8, 3:10PM

New Parent Orientation Meeting
Thursday, August 25, 7PM
New Parents! Join us Thursday evening August 25th for an introduction to the Youth Initiative. We'll talk about what to expect in the coming year and answer your questions.

Back-to-School Clean-up Day!
Saturday, August 27, 9AM - 3PM

Ready to make a difference for your YIHS teen? Nothing says "I care" like a clean school building!

Students, Parents and Faculty can all contribute to a geat first day of school. Strengthen your will forces as we dispose of the unfixable and unsightly, re-paint, re-pot and clean, clean, clean.

Basic cleaning supplies will be on hand, but we can always use extra tools, step ladders and vacuum cleaners.

Delicious snacks will be provided.

The Whole Plate--logging some miles
The Whole Plate nutrition & cooking project will go on the road again soon. Dawn and Shawn will be attending conferences near and far to demonstrate our amazing curriculum, and they are looking for donations of airline miles to defray travel expenses. Contact Shawn ( or Dawn ( if you can help.

Harvest Celebration and Parade, 2011
Help build the 2011 Viroqua Harvest puppet parade! No experience necessary!
The Viroqua Harvest Celebration & Parade is building puppets for this year's parade every Thursday afternoon, starting around 5 p.m., at the back door of Driftless Books in Viroqua. All ages are welcome--come prepared to get messy and have fun. (Parade day is Saturday, October 8.)

We're also looking for a few items to help make this year's parade a success. Can you donate any of the following?
--old latex house paint, any color
--functional casters
--old sheets/large pieces of fabric

(YIHS parents are planning to have a food booth at the celebration in October -- and they'll be raffling the tipi, below.)

Attention Student Artists!
The  Driftless Area Art Festival is sponsoring a teen level exhibition for the first time. If you are a teen, you are eligible to enter! Here are the steps:

1) email Anne Tedeschi ( your name, address, phone, age and school affiliation.
2) produce ONE art work that is ready to be hung up or displayed (if sculpture or another medium).  Your work must have your name, age, affiliation & phone affixed to the back or the bottom of your work, which should be wrapped and be accompanied by the form below. You may use any art work you have done in the last two years.
3) deliver it to the Soldiers Grove Fair Grounds on Friday afternoon, September 16th  OR, if it is more convenient, deliver it to the VIVA Art Gallery in Viroqua on Main Street by September 14th for me to pick up.

There will be a $50.00 award for Best-in-Show and an honorable mention: both winners will be featured in the window of the VIVA Art gallery in Viroqua for the month following the festival. Registration forms are available at YIHS!

Thanks! -- Anne Tedeschi

Teaching Positions abroad
Prestige Elementary School in northern Iraq has openings for two teachers. Silas Hundt ('06) was considering taking a job there and forwarded us this contact information:

Sirwan Saeed

Host Family Needed for Serbian Exchange Student

The organization American Councils is looking for a family to host a high school student from Serbia - Abdulah - who has expressed an interest in environmental activism.

He is scheduled to arrive at the end of August to the US for one academic year on the YES program. This is a US Department of State scholarship program for high school students. Students are here through June.

American Councils is currently looking for either temporary host families willing to host students for 6 weeks to 3 months or - even better - a host family willing and able to host Abdulah for the full academic year.

American Councils is seeking a host family in one of the following geographic areas:

Chicago area
Connecticut (across the state)
St. Louis
St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN
Wisconsin (across the state)
Traverse City, MI
Holland, MI

If you might be interested in serving as a host family, or if you know someone who would be, please contact Benjamin Gaylord at:

American Councils' website has information about the programs and stories highlighting stories of the past year:

Hosting information is here:
Any interested host families can contact American Councils at:
or can call (866)790-2086 toll free.

Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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