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23 Archimedes, 233
17 April Happy 67th Birthday. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper

We Can't Take It Anymore
We've Got to Know If You Will

Deadline to volunteer is April 18th.

YIHS committees comprise the administrative backbone of our school.  Student, parent, and staff participation on our committees help ensure that our school is the best it can be.  Thank you to every individual who gave of their time and talent during the 2020-2021 school year.  We couldn’t have done it without you. 

Now it's time to jump on the rainbow road.  If you are ready to share your time and talent with your school please register your interest using the form below.  If you want to know more, view the committee descriptions below or contact Matt Voz 

View Committee Descriptions
Committee Self-Nomination Form
Read Later Read Later
Forward Forward
Check your wiki!
Greg & Julia's Calendar Corner


Deadline for Committee Nominations


Indigenous Peoples Day of Observance

24th & 25th
YIHS GSA LGBTQ+ Youth Community Days



The YIHS GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance), is hosting an event called LGBTQ+ Youth Community Days on the 24 and 25 of Aprilat the Landmark Center from 12pm-8pm. To host, schedule, and advertise this event, we received a grant from the YSA’s Heartwarming Project with Hershey. This event is open to everyone, and our goal is to promote and collect donations for an LGBTQ youth led Community Center. 

We need volunteers to make the event possible. Students that assist with the event can count their work as service hours. We are also asking students to donate art to the event for the art sale; if you have something to offer, please let us know via our email ( If you have connections to any businesses in Viroqua who may be interested in promoting the event, we would love to know. Spread the word!


Sign Up to Help Out at This Event

Quarter 4 Independent Project Midterm Updates Due Monday 19 April

Quarter 4 is in the home stretch!  All YIHS students must submit independent project midterm updates by Monday, April 19.  Click here to enter the submission form.

Personnel Committee Needs Your Help!

Every day we ask our students to lean into discomfort, to explore things about the world and about themselves that they didn't know or couldn't see.  We point out their mistakes, challenge their assumptions, and push them to do and to be better. We ask them to learn and grow, but we would never ask them to do something we wouldn't be willing to do ourselves.  That's why we are asking the YIHS community; students, parents, faculty, and community members, to share their wisdom and experience in helping our faculty better live into our values.  Please read the instructions and follow the prompts below.  All evaluations are 100% anonymous. Deadline to submit evaluations is May 9.

Drivers Wanted

This Thursday, April 22nd  will be a day off of regularly scheduled classes for a volunteer work day and afternoon Teach-in to honor Indigenous Peoples and Earth Day. We're looking for parents who would like to participate by driving students to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve in the morning, leaving at 8:30 am, spending time at the KVR, and returning to Viroqua by 1pm.

Click Here to Share Your Experiences with Our Staff

YIHS Merch is Back with Fresh(er) Designs

EVERYBODY wins when you buy a t-shirt or hoodie, designed and printed by YIHS senior Sebastian Danneil and his intrepid team of garment workers!  All proceeds go to YIHS, Sebastian's senior project becomes a success, you look cool, and the general public doesn't have to see your nipples anymore!  Start winning! Start shopping!

Start Winning! Start Shopping!

Are You Powerful Enough to Seize the Trident of Development?

If not, maybe you want to just grab a prong?  The YIHS Development office is hiring!  3 positions are available and could be combined for the right person!  Check it out and share it with your super-qualified friends.

Only If You Want To

Vaccinations are now available for all persons over 16 years of age in the state of Wisconsin.  The Vernon County Health Department has begun a self-scheduling process for the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.  You can also make appointments at Walgreen's, at the Mayo Clinic in LaCrosse, or through the Wisconsin DHS Community-Based Vaccination clinic in LaCrosse.

We're Getting Serious, Don't Make Us Release the Hounds

It's time to look forward to the 21-22 school year!  Pledge season is upon us.  Please sign up for a pledge meeting today!  We've added fresh new dates for your convenience!

Boarding House Seeks Donations of "Soil Amendments"

The Boarding House gardens are in need of manure and straw/hay mulch.  We aren't picky.  If you have any of the above to donate, please contact Matt.

Click here to schedule a pledge meeting today!

Your One-Stop Re-Invitation Resource

YIHS students, you may have heard that the Re-Invitation Committee has been asking questions lately.  Maybe you accidentally deleted all those emails and lost all those slips of paper and forgot all those morning announcements and now you don't know what to do.  Don't fret we've got you covered.  Just click the party popper to (re)learn everything you (already) need(ed) to know.

Youther of the Week

Amalia Gullion
YIHS Class of 2022

Favorite Goat Breed: This One
Favorite Chips: This One
Favorite Pacifico Menu Item: This One
Poem of the Week

by Emily Dickinson

       Longing is like the Seed
        That wrestles in the Ground,
        Believing if it intercede
        It shall at length be found.

        The Hour, and the Clime—
        Each Circumstance unknown,
        What Constancy must be achieved
        Before it see the Sun!

to YIHS Leonardo Cup Winner, Kit Shortridge!

Thank You

for offering their homes in our time of need:
Democratic Party of Vernon County

St. Mary's Catholic Church

The Commons

Bricolage Cirkus

Viroqua Masonic Temple

Rooted Spoon Culinary

Wonderstate Coffee

Driftless Books

Teacher of the Month

Erin Fonseca

Visual Anthropology

An organization Erin would like to highlight this month: This One
A food that Erin would like to highlight this month: This One 
An artist that Erin would like to highlight this month: This One
Fictional Human of the Week:

Bruiser Brody
Lives in various professional wrestling promotions

Click the image to learn more Bruiser Brody

Anthropological Survey of the Week

Who's your favorite pro wrestler from the 80s?
Hulk Hogan

The Ultimate Warrior

Randy "The Macho Man" Savage

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair

Last week's survey: 
Favorite cinematic grim reaper?
Meet Joe Black - 12%
The Seventh Seal - 12%
Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey - 12%
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life -  64%

Community Corner

Don't Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.  That's why YIHS has lent its soup fundraiser to the PRWS 7th Grade class to help fund their class trip!  Make your Sunday dinner easy. Order soup and bread (made by students and families) online, and then pick up (contactless) in the greenhouse behind Pleasant Ridge.

We'll be back with more soup offerings after spring break!

Soup for You

You've Probably Noticed: It's Spring!

Here at Viroqua’s in-town greenhouse Thoreau’s Garden, our wide selection of seasonal vegetables are waiting to be planted in your garden as we enter spring. From a variety of affordable and locally grown tomatoes, onions, leeks, regular and hot peppers, delicious greens, and more. We welcome you to take a stroll through our lush greenhouses and explore the extensive selection of edible additions to your garden that we have carefully curated for you! As we continue to support our community by providing fresh vegetables and plants, we want to say thank you to the members of the community that support us. That’s why for the month of April, we’ve introduced a discount of 15% off your purchase for parents of students that attend Youth Initiative Highschool and Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School.  Come into Thoreau’s Garden to take a stroll through our four vibrant greenhouses, and stay to collect all of the incredibly tasty vegetables and herbs that will nourish your body and mind this season.


Viroqua Area Folks OG

Lunchbox Express

Links to Our Fellow Travelers
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