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2011-12 Academic Calendar
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Daily Schedule
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Pledge Meeting Sign-up for 2012-13
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1, Friday
Last Day of School

3, Sunday
Graduation, 2PM

7, Thursday
10:30AM - Personnel Mtg
1:00PM - Curriculum Mtg

8, Friday
8:30AM - Finance Mtg

11, Monday
6:30PM - Board Meeting

Summer Office Hours
Monday - Wednesday, 9AM - Noon
  or by appointment

Hot Lunch

Back in September!


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

Lakota Waldorf 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

1 June 2012
YIHS Graduation, Sunday June 3, 2012, 2PM

Please join us at 2PM on June 3rd as we celebrate our 2012 Graduates!

- to Jaali Parrish, who will be running in the State Track Tournament in LaCrosse. There will be a Pep rally at YIHS at 11:45AM Friday, June 1 (today)!
- to Hannah Murray-King ('09) who was unanimously granted entrance into the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, where whe will begin this Fall. She is currently attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

Curriculum Meeting, Thursday, June 7, 1:00PM
Please note that at our upcoming Curriculum Meeting we will spend some time focusing on the Fall Camping Trip. If you have input, please come to the meeting or share your ideas with a member of the committee: Dean Staffanson, Vicki Ramsay, Jacob Hundt, Liz Cox, Cecilia Kouba, Jack Corbin

All School Meeting
At our All School Meeting on Tuesday, along with inspiring speeches and entertaining presentations, we elected two new members to our Board of Trustees.
Tom Vanderhyden has taught our Native Cultures class since the school's inception and brings a broad perspective to our organization. Ray Kolenko is a new parent who brings expertise in Facilities, that is, both building-related facilities and facilitating positive ways for students to express themselves. Welcome new Board members!
We bid a humble farewell to outgoing members Adrian Ugo and AnnaJo Doerr. We are grateful for your outstanding service to our school.

Welcome new staff member!
We are pleased to announce that we have hired Dave Hibbard-Rode as our Development Assistant and Camping Trip Coordinator for next year. Dave will be stepping in while Shawn Lavoie spends a year at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dave brings a wealth of talent to our school community. He has been working with teens for 6 years through Camp Widjiwagan out of Ely, MN, leading trips from 5 to 40 days long. Dave also organized a political campaign for Nathan Blumenshine who ran as an independent Respect platform candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Dave has connections to Waldorf education/Anthroposophy through friends and through service work he has done on a biodynamic farm in Argentina. He says that what has drawn him to Waldorf education and YIHS is support of what he cares most about in education, "to foster growth, confidence and self-awareness to the extent that people make full and conscious decisions about how they live."
Dave spent a full day at YIHS last month, he is excited about working at our school and we think he will be a great fit here. We are planning a send-off/welcome party for Shawn and Dave in the later part of July, date TBA.

Pledge Meetings
Parents, please visit this link to sign up for a pledge meeting for 2012-13. More days/times will be posted soon. If you have a specific request, please contact a member of the Finance committee to set up a meeting: Dawn Hundt, Susan Townsley, Jan Rasikas, Halle Pollay, AnnaJo Doerr.

Wilderness Skills Class
preparing for any situation...

Take home a House Plant!
Yes, our plants will miss all the activity that happens during the school year, and would like a little more human companionship for the summer, not to mention more moderate temperatures than our steamy third floor space. Please stop by if you'd like to bring one home.

ACT PLAN scores
Attention parents of students (Freshmen through Juniors) who took the ACT PLAN in April. Scores have been sent home via US mail.

Want to Play Some Soccer?
Would you or someone you know like to play some soccer? Driftless United Athletics will be holding a Soccer information evening on Monday, June 4th at 6:30PM at Grace Church in Viroqua. We have many opportunities available starting now and continuing through the fall:

Pick-up soccer matches have begun!  --Tuesday nights starting at 5:30pm for all ages and all skill levels.
Once schools are out, open soccer will expand: Starting June 12th, on Tuesdays there will be a separate game for beginner/intermediate players at 5:00, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays the intermediate/advanced game will begin at 6:30. Contact Kelsey Sauber Olds at 634-6974 with questions.  

Driftless United's 3rd annual Youth Soccer Camp (for kids between the ages of 1st - 8th grade) has been scheduled for August 6-10th. For more information or to register contact Susan Townsley at 606-4360.

Our fall soccer season kicks off in August as well. We are offering two youth teams for kids ages 10-14, as well as our high school Varsity and Junior Varsity programs. Come to the meeting on June 4th to find out more about each of these opportunities, meet the coaches and to pick up an informational packet. Until then visit us on line:

DUA is a non-profit group whose mission ensures the opportunity for players of both sexes to participate in organized programs of team play. We strive, for all players, to encourage passion and enthusiasm for all sports and to promote respect for teammates, opponents, coaches, referees, fans and self. The DUA program serves Driftless area children from assorted educational backgrounds, including public, private, and home schooling. Additionally, the program has attracted players from as far away as DeSoto and Hillsboro, thereby bringing a diverse group of children together to enjoy each other’s company in the freedom and discipline of sport.

Tri-County Athletics Basketball Teams
Did you know that we will be offering SEVEN different club basketball teams this coming year?
BOYS Varsity & JV
BOYS Middle School
BOYS Grade School
GIRLS Varsity & JV
GIRLS Middle School
If you have any interest, contact Rich Maurer 608.637.2264

Community News

Come one, come all to beautiful 504 S. Rusk Street and stop by the event nobody’s talking about -- the “Burke Family’s Bountiful Garage Sale” to be held on Saturday, June 2nd 8:00 – 3:00.  What will tempt your wallet you say?? How about a vintage three season room/covered porch furniture set in mint condition; a hip “townie bike” hardly used; a rugged (old) Yokata Mountain bike; waldorf-certified PlayStation Two with games; winter sports equipment; kid clothing and shoes in great condition;  children games and books; wooden desk; trout-themed desk lamp; wooden, portable shelving units; farm-themed “full size” boys bedding set; kitchen gadgets; and much more!!  Hey, but that’s not all.  Mention this ad and we’ll take an additional 10% off all your purchases! For one day only, though. Wow, what other garage sale is offering this?   See you in front of our house!! – Heidi and Dan Burke

Summer Social Dance Session
Shawn and AnnaJo will be offering a weekly social dance class in Viroqua in the month of June. No experience necessary! Just a willingness to move and work with a partner. The classes are being set for Wednesday evenings and will cover swing, waltz, salsa and tango. If you'd like to reserve a place, please email Shawn at

Driver's Ed - gearing up again
Any students 15 and older interested in taking Driver's Education this summer should register on-line at Ready Driving Academy. Students may also pick up forms in the YIHS office. Classes will begin June 11th and continue until June 29th, Monday through Friday, 8:00 - 10:00AM. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Ertl at 608-637-7498.

Center for Anthroposophy Summer Sessions
The Center for Anthroposophy offers short summer sessions in Wilton, NH, of particular interest for anyone working with teens. Click on the link to download a brochure.

Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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