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21, Monday
3:30 - Regional Track Meet, Viroqua High School
6:30 - Development Committee Mtg.

25, Friday
6:30 - PRWS Graduation

28, Monday
NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

29, Tuesday
6:00PM - All School Meeting/Potluck

1, Friday
Last Day of School

3, Sunday
Graduation, 2PM

Standing Meetings

3:15PM - Mondays
 -- Administrative Meeting

10:30AM - Thursdays
 -- Faculty Meeting
 -- Student Meeting

Hot Lunch Menu

Mon, 5/21 - Pizza
Tues, 5/22 - Quesadillas
Wed, 5/23 - Soup & Bread
Thur, 5/24 - Mac & Cheese

Thank you Jim, for all the yummy food!


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

19 May 2012

Public Art Intensive photos

Pete Hodapp's Public Art Intensive class took place at night last week so students could trace the images they'd designed onto Jacob's barn: tobacco leaves above, grapevines below and the face of original homesteader Elmer Swenson in the middle. They're doing the actual painting this week.

YIHS Graduation, Sunday June 3, 2012, 2PM

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

NO SCHOOL, Monday, May 28!


We will close out the year with our Semi-Annual All School Meeting on Tuesday, May 29th, beginning with a pot-luck starting at 6PM.

We still need Board members for next year. If you are interested in serving our school in this way, please contact Matt Voz, AnnaJo Doerr or Liz Cox for more information.

6:00  Potluck
6:30  Vote on By-law change and Board members
7:00  Welcome/Board address
7:15  Updates from Faculty/Parents/Students/Finance
8:00  Long Range Planning Update
8:15  Board Skit
8:30  Rompe la Pinata!

Potluck assignments:
Freshmen families: Main dish
Sophomores: Desserts
Juniors: Vegetable-based Side Dishes
Seniors: Starch-based Side Dishes
Board: Beverages

Wilderness Skills First Aid Class
There are a few materials we could make exciting use of during the Wilderness Skills First Aid class on Monday the 21st:
-fake blood
-splint materials
-wound dressing
-exam gloves
-old pants and long sleeve shirts

If you are able to contribute any of these, please contact Bill Humphrey by Sunday p.m. at: or 608-606-9004.

YIHS Stiltwalkers:
on a stroll

Look for us this Sunday, May 20 in Westby's Syttende Mai Parade. The parade starts at 1:30PM.

Thank you
- Tyler Bee from the Beehive Collective! for a really informative and inspiring presentation on the effects of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining last Friday. Everyone at the event did a little observation & analysis of a piece of the drawing, and we presented our stories to each other.

...also thanks to
- Susan Townsley for helping drive for the Wilderness Skills Intensive
- Logan Peterman for his presentation to the Agriculture Class
- Nicholas Gale for his presentation at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Kwik Trip Scrip available at YIHS
We now have $50 and $20 gift cards available at school. YIHS receives 10% of the sale of each card -- this is an easy way to support our school while just doing your every day business. Please note: if you use your Kwik Trip card at the pump, you must complete the sale before your card will work inside the store.
Also - if you make regular trips to LaCrosse and could pick up our card order occasionally, please contact Liz at school.

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

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.

Community News

Garage/Moving Sale Saturday
May 18, 8:00 am-- 8:00 pm 

25 cents: Stuffed animals, Toys, kids clothes $1.00 - $2.00:  Sleds, baseball gloves, catcher guard, kids golf clubs, toys, adult clothes, eco-forks-cups-plates, windows, chairs, tools $4-5 like new climbing and soccer shoes/guards, basket ball hoop, $10 snowboard/boots, $45 3 speed ladies bicycle, more still that is yet unpacked from storage. Free board wood.
S 7304 Gardner Rd.  3 miles south of Liberty Pole. 
Adrienne Fox,

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.

Teacher Development Opportunity
Great Lakes Waldorf Institute in Milwaukee, WI, is offering a number of workshops that may be of value to currently practicing teachers for continuing education and to parents and other interested adults for personal enrichment.

Details can be found on the Great Lakes website or by contacting or 414-616-1832.

Driftless Folk School Classes
Visit to  learn more about upcoming classes, register online or download a registration form.
Spring/Summer catalogs now available!

Saturday, May 19
   - Scything with Rice Spann
Sunday, May 20
   - Chip Carving Essentials with Marty Leenhouts
   - Log Home Building Primer with William Lasko
Saturday, May 26
   - Functional Garden Art with Jamie Cermak

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