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The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter

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Pledge Meeting Sign-up for 2012-13
(Link to sign-up page)

Summer Office Hours
By Appointment Only during July



14, Saturday
8AM - 2PM, Board Retreat

16, Monday
1PM - Camping Trip Planning Mtg

19, Thursday
Evening Potluck Social at Jacob's Farm

25, Wednesday
8:30AM - Finance Mtg.

28, Saturday
Kickapoo Country Fair, Organic Valley Headquarters


17, Friday
Yawo, at the Greniers' Farm

21-22, Tuesday, Wednesday
Faculty Inservice

25, Saturday
9AM - 2PM, All School Clean up Day

27, Monday
2012 Camping Trip begins


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

13 July 2012

Summer in Viroqua

18 wheeler's brakes,
Horse and buggy's modest trot,
Windows all open.


Pot Luck Ice Cream Social! 
The YIHS community is invited to Jacob's farm next Thursday, July 19 at 6PM for an Ice Cream Social! Matt will be cooking up some brats and we're asking you to bring a quart of your favorite ice cream.

This will be a fun social event to offer Shawn & AnnaJo our best wishes for their year in Boston, and to say hello to Dave Hibbard-Rode who will be joining us at YIHS.
Also, you'll get a close-up look at the results of our Public Art Intensive, above (click here to see a time lapse animation of the process).

Please join us!

Open positions for the 2012-2013 school year
YIHS is seeking a Mathematics teacher(s) for Algebra II and Calculus for the coming year. 4 hours/week/class. We offer non-competitive pay among wonderful colleagues in a supportive environment. Successful teaching experience with teens preferred. Contact Liz or download a printable application here.
We also have an opening for a Music Teacher 2 hours/week through Thanksgiving. For more details about this position, contact Liz.

YIHS looking for a few donations
We would like to offer a ceramics class this year and we are looking for 6-8 potter's wheels to borrow for a few weeks. If you can lend us one, please contact Liz Cox.

Thank You
- Peg LaMartina for donating a rich supply of mat board, foam core board, two light tables, and a beautiful print.

Facilities Help Needed!
Projects for summer at YIHS include:

- Scraping and painting the SW corner of the office ceiling (air conditioned!)
- New curtain rods and curtains for the main kitchen
- Organizing the art supplies
- Organizing the physics supplies

All work can be done at your convenience - contact Liz to schedule a time.

Kickapoo Country Fair, Saturday, July 28
YIHS Community members are invited to help out at this year's Kickapoo Country Fair. If you spend a couple of hours helping out at the Fair, Organic Valley will pay YIHS for your time. Kay Fandel is organizing volunteers and has open spots available on Friday, Saturday,and Sunday.
Friday, July 27: set up for the Fair. 
Saturday, July 28: 2 people for each of 3 shifts: 9am-12, 12-3pm and 3-6pm to help with grilled cheese and runners as needed. 
Sunday, July 29:  10am (until we are done) taking down and packing.
Contact Kay at or 608-625-2602.
Students and Alumni who would like to join the stiltwalking troupe for the day, contact Shawn Lavoie at

Camping Trip, 2012
Please feel welcome to help us plan this year's camping trip at the meeting on Monday, July 16 at 1PM. If you cannot make it to the meeting, but would like to share your suggestions, contact Jacob.

American Transcendentalists 
YIHS teacher Jacob Hundt will be offering a course for adults on the American Transcendentalists, under the auspices of the Driftless Folk School, starting Wednesday July 25, subsequent Wednesdays through August 15. 6:30 PM. More information is availableat the Folk School website.

Community News

Opens Tonight! 
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, directed by Steven Laurdan.
Friday & Saturday, July 13 & 14, 20 & 21 at 7:30PM
Sunday July 15, 22 at 2PM
Tickets: $15, available at Nelson's Agri-Center, Viroqua Food Co-op and Bramble Books

Gleaners Wanted!
Help feed the 99%
Spend a summer afternoon on a beautiful farm and get your hands in the soil!  
Gleaning is from 12:30-4:30 every Thursday.
We meet at the Food Enterprise Center parking lot and car pool out to area organic farms and harvest produce. Produce is packed in the field and delivered to a cooler. All produce is donated to area food pantries in Vernon, Crawford and Monroe Counties.
Please wear weather appropriate clothes (layers, sunscreen, hat, rain gear) bring drinking water & snacks, wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes.
To sign up as a gleaning volunteer and join the update list please contact Nicole: or call 608-637-3615.

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute Summer Offerings
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. Visit their website for more information.

Speech & Drama Exercises with Kim Snyder-Vine
Monday-Friday, July 16-20, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

The Play’s the Thing with Nancy Price
Monday-Tuesday, July 16-17, 12:15-1:30 p.m.; 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Additional Offerings by Our Guest Teachers:

The Life in Review – Biography Intensive with Linda Bergh
Friday, July 13, 7-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Power of Speech – Faculty Intensive – for Waldorf Teacher Continuing Education with Kim Snyder-Vine
Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. & Thursday, July 19, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Deepening Our Relationship to the Foundation Stone with Kim Snyder-Vine, Robert Karp and Mary Ruud
Friday, July 20, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 21, 8:30-10:15 a.m.

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