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The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter


24, Monday
3:30PM - Curriculum Mtg.
3:30PM - Development Comm. Mtg.

25, Tuesday
3:30PM - Personnel Mtg.

26, Wednesday
12:10PM - School Dismissed
1-4PM - Parent/Teacher Conferences

27, Thursday
- Parent/Teacher Conferences

28, Friday
9AM - 12PM
- Parent/Teacher Conferences

29, Saturday
8PM - 12AM - Halloween Coffeehouse, YIHS Lounge


7-11, Monday - Friday
Senior College Tour

10, Thursday
7PM - Faculty Showcase and Art Night

16, Wednesday
7:30PM - Orchestra/Choir Concert

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

Hot Lunch Menu
Mon, 10/24 - Pizza
Tues, 10/25 - Black Beans & Rice w/Nachos
Wed, 10/26 - NO HOT LUNCH (School dismissed at 12:10)
Thur, 10/27- NO SCHOOL

Link to:

WikiSpaces for Parents, Students & Faculty only for weekly/final student reports.

2011-12 Schedules

November Hot Lunch Form

Other Related Links

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

Driftless Folk School

Essential Skills Outdoor School

City of Viroqua

Driftless United Athletics

Viroqua Area Hockey Association


More Interesting Links

The Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter

The Story of Stuff Project

The Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Presencing Institute

22 October 2011

Parent Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
October 26, 27 & 28

This fall, our conferences will be held in an open house format on 10/26, Wednesday, from 1-4PM; on 10/27, Thursday, from 6-9PM, and  on 10/28, Friday, from 9AM - 12PM. We haven't tried this format before, so afterwards let us know what you think. Teachers' schedules will be sent to parents via separate email.
NOTE: Wednesday, 10/26 will only be a half day of school. No School on Thursday or Friday.

2011 Harvest Challenge Tasting Event

Boy, this event gets better and better every year! All our area schools came up with excellent meals for under $1 per serving.
Youth Initiative won the Community Choice award, DeSoto won the Students' Choice award, and LaFarge won 1st place in the Judges' Choice award.
Congratulations to everyone, and thanks to Jane Siemon and Dani Lind for mentoring the YIHS student team!

YIHS Girls Volleyball

The YIHS team was defeated by Hillsboro in their first ever WIAA regional play-off game. They played hard against a very tough, talented, experienced team and learned that the play-offs are not so scary after all.  :)

Thanks to one and all who made this year's volleyball experience possible, especially our two coaches, Paula Grenier and Natalie McIntire!

YIHS Long Range Planners
have been hard at work already this year. To help move our vision to the next level, they are asking YIHS community members to answer the Question of the Week. Each week a new question will be posted to our website relating to a different aspect of our developing Long Range Plan. Do you think we should have a campus of yurts? Grow greenhouse vegetables? Offer a course on calculus through acrobatics? Help shape our future!

Alumni Update
Hannah Murray-King ('09) continues to work on her art and is now sharing her progress on her new blog, Out of the Blue. Great work, Hannah!

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream for Sale
In the weeks to come, the PRWS 8th grade will be selling regionally produced, super-premium, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream on Fridays in the PRWS gym from 3:00-4:00PM as a fundraiser for their 8th grade class trip.
Single Cones: $1.50
Doubles: $2.50
Pints: $5.50

Please PRE-ORDER PINTS by e-mailing Sheila Sherwin and placing order by Friday at 11:00 AM.  Thank You!

Farm to Pantry Gleaning Events
Student Service Hours opportunity!

October 25th
, 3:30-5:30PM - car pool from Landmark Center (Court St. side)
November 1st, 1-3PM - car pool from the Blue Dog Cycles parking lot.
More gleaning will be happening in November!

Email or call Nicole to or 637-3615

Driftless Folk School Classes

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

Monday, Oct. 24 – Nov. 4
Scandinavian Log Sauna with William Lasko (Begins)

Saturday, Oct. 29
-Draft Horse Basics with Robert Schulz

Saturday, Nov. 5
-Curtains with Jessica Hooper

Saturday, Nov. 12
-Residential Energy Efficiency with John Fergus
-Root Cellaring Tour with Lauren Hunt

Sat, Sunday, Nov. 12 - 13
-Hand Forged Axe with Thomas Latané

National Geographic offers
Summer Program Scholarships

The National Geographic Student Expeditions Scholarship Program provides financial support to high school students who are seeking educational summer experiences they otherwise could not afford. The program seeks to provide opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds and to enhance the group dynamic and learning opportunities for everyone involved.

The scholarship program generally considers students eligible if their parents' combined income is less than $50,000 and they have few other assets. International students are welcome to apply. Deadline: March 1, 2012. Follow the link above to apply.

Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
Call for Entries

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers invites creative teens in grades 7-12 to submit work in twenty-eight categories of art and writing, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction.

Student submissions are judged on the regional level by the alliance's affiliates, with the top winning works then presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive the highest honors. Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded with Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs. The alliance will offer more than $270,000 in direct scholarships and awards this year. High school senior award winners are also eligible for nearly $4 million in scholarships through a network of more than sixty colleges and universities.

To be eligible, students must be in grades 7-12 in a public, private, parochial, home-school, or out of school program in the U.S. or Canada, or in an American school abroad.

Deadlines for submitting work vary by region and generally range from December 15, 2011, through January 15, 2012. Click on the link above to apply.

Compassionate Communication Workshop
Saturday, November 5
Tired of miscommunication and tension at home and at work? Three Rivers Waldorf School is sponsoring a workshop led by Wade Britzius on Saturday, November 5, 9AM - 4PM. $20 - $60 contribution requested. Call 608-781-4533 or 608-484-2250 to register. Three Rivers Waldorf School is located at 901 Caledonia St., LaCrosse.
Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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