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
: (we're giving you a little more time on this one)
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!
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
to download or view the course descriptions for these classes.
- 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 email@example.com
. If you want to remain anonymous, please state this.
PERCEPTIONS OF BEAUTY:
A Retrospective of Nature's Art
by Rick La Martina
SUNDAY, NOV. 13th, 3-7 pm at OPTIMO RESTAURANT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Driftless Folk School Classes
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