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18 September Happy 312th Birthday. Samuel Johnson

Say Cheese.
Drew Shonka's In the House

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Tuesday morning, September 21st, Drew Shonka will be visiting Morning Circle to snap class, all-school, and individual pictures.  If you'd like something to put on mom's fridge or grandma's mantle, fill out the order form and get some 8 x 10's.  Deadline to return forms for individual photos is Monday. Faculty will also be getting their pictures taken for the website.  Formal Finery is in effect.
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Greg & Julia's Calendar Corner


Main Lesson Block 1 Midterm Updates Due

Beginning of:
9th Grade Service Week
10th Grade River Expedition
11th Grade Service Expedition
12th Grade Post-Secondary Explorations Week

Wednesday Afternoon: The Top of the Mountain

Our first Wednesday was productive and energetic.  We've got fresh selections for the upcoming week.  If you are a student, please sign up for Wednesday 22 September by clicking either hump in the accompanying picture of the majestic camel, mascot of hump day. (signup deadline is Monday, 20 September, 3pm).  If you are a student, parent, staff, or community member and would like to offer a one-time or recurring activity for our students, please contact Matt.


Mini Worlds Needs a Little Help

The Mini Worlds class is seeking the following items:  

Polymer clay of any color
Large jar lids, 3”-5” in diameter
Small-sized hot glue sticks
Hot wheels ambulance or other vehicles
Old computer keyboard-need not function

Contact Martha Buche

Color Me Brushless

The school beautification team is planning to repaint and refurnish the southside bathroom. We have a lot of paint but need some brushes, rollers, tape, drop cloths. If you have some you'd be willing to donate or lend, that'd be much appreciated.  Please send it in by next Wednesday.

YIHS...Only Taller

YIHS Stiltwalkers Return!

YIHS stiltwalkers will be working the pre-show of "Goodnight Absalom"...a pop-up traveling theater troupe coming to Viroqua! Pre-show starts at 615pm. Show starts at 730pm. This Sunday September 19th in front of the Commons.

Introducing the Coronavirus Cupboard

COVID is a real thing that requires our attention - but we're not going to let it define us.  So we're moving our COVID information and updates out of the headlines and onto the back pages where they belong.  Each week, you'll be able to click here to view COVID news and updates that impact the YIHS school experience.  Look inside the Coronavirus Cupboard

Youther of the Week

Sophia Thomas
YIHS Class of 2025

Sophia's favorite book: This one
Sophia's favorite soup to make for dinner: This one
Sophia's favorite aerial silks move: This one

Poem of the Week

from Lucifer
by Joost van den Vondel

I see the golden leaves, all laden with
Ethereal pearls, the sparkling silvery dew.
What sweet perfume exhale those radiant leaves
Of tint unfading! How alluring glows
That pleasant fruit with crimson and with gold!
'Twere pity to pollute it with the hands.
The eye doth tempt the mouth. Who would not lust
For earthly luxury! He loathes our day
And food celestial, who the fruit may pluck
Of Earth. One would for Adam's garden curse
Our Paradise. The bliss of Angels fades
In that of man.

Thank You

for offering their cabins to our Transcendentalism students;

The Schmidt-Welander Family
The Cain-Kalkbrenner Family
The Alicia Leinberger Family
The Schiller-Pollock Family


for sharing her passion, wisdom, and knowledge with the 12th-grade Transcendentalism class

Leslie Schiller

for helping out with her old 9th Grade Nutriton class:

The Venerable Jane Siemon



Teacher of the Month

Olivia Prendergast

 A leader Olivia admires: This One
An artist whose work inspires Olivia: This One
An organization whose work Olivia respects: This One
A spiritual vessel that Olivia wants you to remember: This One

Fictional Human of the Week:

Lives in Genesis by Yahweh
Click the image to learn more about Adam

Anthropological Survey of the Week

Favorite thing to do at the fair?

Eat unhealthy food

Spectate demolition derby

Pet livestock

Ride rides

Last week's survey: 
Music artist who most affected American culture?
Elvis - 20%
Dr. Dre - 7%
Madonna- 20%
Bob Dylan - 53%

Community Corner

Your Ol' Buddy Henry is Back!

Thoreau College Community Seminar - Starts on October 5

The Thoreau College Community Seminar is an opportunity to join in an open, engaging, and egalitarian conversation about important texts and universal ideas.  Inspired by the Great Books Seminar model of higher education and Henry David Thoreau’s visionary dream of “villages as universities”, the Community Seminar is open to Thoreau College students, fellows, and faculty and to members of our wider local community of all ages.  All that is required is a willingness to read carefully and to engage in thoughtful discussion with respect for fellow participants, a sincere desire to understand the authors and their ideas with openness and good will, and reverence for the truth.  Sessions will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm and new participants are invited to join at the beginning of each quarter, each of which lasts about 10 weeks, with breaks.  Some texts will be provided in print form and a few texts will be available for purchase.  

Fall Quarter 2021 - Origins and Essences:

Discussion Leaders - Jacob Hundt and Emily Trenholm

During the fall quarter of 2021 (October-December) the Thoreau College Community Seminar will delve into the most ancient and profound texts of world civilization.  These are the primordial accounts of the origins of the universe, of human beings, and of human cultures and peoples that have been passed down in oral traditions for centuries until eventually recorded in writing, to be passed down for centuries more, forming the foundation stones of the world's great civilizations and cultures.

Texts, in full or in excerpts, for the Fall Quarter will include:

--The Epic of Gilgamesh (Mesopotamian)
--Popul Vuh (Mayan)
--The Prose Edda, by Snorri Sturluson (Norse mythology)
--Theogony, by Hesiod (Greek mythology)
--The Book of Genesis (Judeo/Christian)
--Timaeus, by Plato (Greek philosophy)
--Bhagavad Gita (Hindu)
--De rerum natura, by Lucretius (Roman/Epicurean philosophy)
--Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu (Chinese, Taoist)

YIHS students are invited to participate in this course free of charge.  Adult members of the community are requested to make a donation to support this course, with a recommended amount of $200 per quarter. Please contact Jacob Hundt by October 1 at or 608-632-3829 if you are interested in joining.

Seeking House to Spend Cold Evenings With

Wanted to RENT or BUY: Modest home in Viroqua, preferably near PRWS/YIHS, 3 bedrooms or larger.
Please contact Dayna McGuire (Dagny's mama) 608-406-4202  

Tame the Dragon: Michaelmas

Dear friends and members of the Viroqua affiliate of the Christian

Reverend Jeana Lee, from the Chicago congregation, will be visiting our
affiliate the first weekend of October.  The events (except for the
meal) will take place in the Turning Place, room 202 of the Landmark
Center.   All are welcome.

Saturday, October 2nd:

                   9:00am the Act of Consecration of Man

                  10:00am Contemplating the Michaelmas liturgy (an
interactive contemplation)

                   7:00pm Talk -- "Meeting the Dragon with our Fourfold
Human Being"

   Sunday, October 3rd

                   9:30 story for the children

                  10:00 the Children's service

                  10:30 the Act of Consecration of Man

                  11:30 Circle

                  12:15-ish Community meal in Brian and Patty Wickert's
home.  (One could bring food to share).

If you would like to meet with Jeana, for the Sacrament of Consultation,
or for conversation, please contact me (Jenny) to schedule a time.

If you need childcare during the Act of Consecration of Man, please let
me know by Thursday, September 30th.


Jenny, 608-637-8759  

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