Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.
The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter


14, Monday
3:15PM - Curriculum Comm.
6PM - PotLuck dinner w/Barbara Huckabay
7PM - Parent Meeting

15, Tuesday
3:15PM - Personnel Comm.

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

17, Thursday
7:30AM - Finance Meeting
3:15PM - Admin Meeting
7PM - Facilities Meeting

19, Saturday
9AM - 3PM, Clean-Up Day

21, Monday
6:30PM - Board Meeting

23-25, Wednesday - Friday
Thanksgiving Break
No School


2, 3, Friday, Saturday
PRWS Holiday Fair

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

Hot Lunch Menu
Mon, 11/14 - Pasta Marinara
Tues, 11/15 - Quesadillas
Wed, 11/16 - Baked Potatoes
Thur, 11/17 - Asian Noodles

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

12 November 2011

YIHS Parent Fundraiser--
YIHS parents have lovingly crafted delicious apple pies for your holiday table. Support our school and add something scrumptious to your Thanksgiving Dinner! (Or buy two and keep one in the freezer for your next holiday.) Place your order with Jenny at 608-606-0572. Don't delay - these pies go fast!

YIHS Student Fundraiser at Optimo Cafe
Saturday, November 19:

Scenes from Thursday's Faculty Showcase featuring Anna Rodriguez and Jessica Hooper (Sewing Survival) and Matt Voz (20th Century American History)

College Tour
A big "Thank you!!" goes out to everyone who made this year's 12th grade college trip possible.  Thanks especially to:
- The Horan family for lending their trusty van.
- YIHS alumna Emily Woody for welcoming us at Northland College and setting up our accommodations.
- The Gaia's Cradle theme house at Northland, for sharing their home with us.
- Lisa and Friedo Jamila-Wuerth and the whole Community Homestead in Osceola, WI for hosting and feeding us and tell us about their unique community.
- Jess Hornby, for opening her home to us in the Twin Cities.

Parent Meeting and Potluck Dinner
Monday, November 14
6PM - Potluck Dinner with Barbara Huckabay
7PM - Parent Meeting about College applications with Jacob

Monday's Parent evening will begin with a Potluck dinner at 6PM to welcome Barbara Huckabay, our guest teacher from Chicago Waldorf School. Barbara is teaching the Junior block on Dante and the Senior block on Russian Literature.
Junior and Senior parents are especially encouraged to attend, and stay for the meeting where we'll hear about the college application process from Jacob, recently returned from the senior college tour.

Choir/Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, November 16
7:30PM, Pleasant Ridge Gym

Our first concert in conjunction with the PRWS choir and orchestra will take place at the PRWS Gym this Wednesday. Please join us!
Students who are performing should arrive at 7PM sharp and should wear white on top and black on the bottom.

YIHS Long Range Planning
Question #2: (we're giving you a little more time on this one)
Our last question, "What are the physical attributes of our ideal school?" was answered by 6 students, 7 faculty members, and 7 parents.  "Natural light" was featured in almost every answer to the first week's question.
Click the image above if you haven't answered the 2nd question.  It's a doozy!

New Blocks
started this past week: Morning blocks are US History up to the 1870's for the Freshmen and Sophomores, Nutrition and Cooking for the Juniors. Afternoon blocks are Drafting for the Freshmen and Sophomores and Dante for the Juniors. Seniors, just returning from their college tour, will begin a morning block in Russian Literature and an afternoon block on College Applications starting Monday.
Click here to download or view the course descriptions for these classes.

Faculty Notes
- Recent Faculty meetings have included discussions of readings (from Teaching as a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner and Education in Search of the Spirit by John F. Gardner). We have also assessed how the new Attendance Policy is working (highly effective so far) and the need to revise our policy on Incompletes as it relates to the Wiki reporting system.
- Feedback from Parent/Teacher conferences was mixed. The new "open house" format simplfied the experience immensely for the Faculty. On the down side, some teachers missed the fuller picture of the student they received from the "round table" format. We recommend doing one of each type each year, ideally a "round table" in October and an "open house" format in February. For this year, however, our remaining conference will be a "round table" in February.
- We talked about the increasing lateness of students to Morning Circle and how to improve this. There was a range of suggestions but no conclusions.
- We also had a preliminary discussion about the students' proposal to return the lunch hour to 50 minutes from its current 40 minutes. Several faculty members agreed that the 40 minute lunch is insufficient for them as well, but there was no agreement on the students' proposal. We would like to discuss this and the Morning Circle attendance problem at the upcoming Student/Faculty meeting next Friday.
- We appreciated Barbara's presence and perspective on our questions & issues.

Squash for Sale!
Organic Butternut and Red Khuri squash for sale, grown by 2 YIHS students. $1 each or $16 for a 35 lb. box. Call Christine at 608-606-9230.

   Kaleidoscope --  Call for Submissions
Calling all faculty, parents, and alumni!  The upcoming Kaleidoscope will focus on the 9th grade year.  We request your submission of tales, anecdotes, wisdom, sentiments, and memories of your own 9th grade year.  Submissions should be 100 words or less and can be humorous, poignant, embarrassing, inspiring, and all the rest.  Please e-mail submissions to  If you want to remain anonymous, please state this.

A Retrospective of Nature's Art
by Rick La Martina

This event will feature a showing of Rick's spectacular nature photography priced to sell, as well as a live auction of some of his more stunning pieces. There will also be a silent auction, food, and entertainment. Suggested admission price is $20, please come and pay what you can.

Many of you know that Rick has been diagnosed with stage 4 mesothelioma. This event is a fundraiser for Rick and Peg. Please plan to attend and share in this life celebration of our dear friend Rick.

For those wishing to contribute auction items or entertainment please contact Rebecca @ 606-1552 or  THANK YOU.

Driftless Folk School Classes

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

Friday, Nov. 25
-Intro. to Home Cheesemaking with Linda Conroy

Saturday, Nov. 26
-Deer Butchering with Vince and Dawn Hundt
-Basic Broom Making with John Holzwart
-Design Your Own Fun Toys with Dan Peper
-Cheddar, Gouda, and Feta with Linda Conroy

Sunday, Nov. 27
-A Day of Herbal Soap Making with Linda Conroy

Saturday, Dec. 3
-Chip Carving Essentials with Marty Leenhouts

Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
reply to
Copyright (C) 2009 Youth Initiative High School. All rights reserved. Remove me from this list
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp