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Friday, April 27
Indy Study Proposals for Elective Block 6



13, Friday
7:00PM - Mindfulness Lecture at VMH
7:00PM - Permaculture at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

14, Saturday
9AM - 4PM - Permaculture Workshop at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

16, Monday
6:30PM - Board Meeting

18, Wednesday
3:15PM - Curriculum Meeting
7:00PM - Parent Meeting

20, Friday
7:00PM - Lecture with Dr. Mark Kamsler of True Botanica on Social Media. PRWS Old Main Building

21, Saturday
9AM - 1PM - Workshop with Dr. Mark Kamsler on topical therapies for treating common illnesses.
PRWS Old Main Building

23, Monday
7:00PM - Long Range Planning

27, Friday
MORNING  - ACT PLAN administered
11:00AM - Finance Meeting

Standing Meetings
3:15PM - Mondays
 -- Administrative Meeting
10:30AM - Thursdays
 -- Faculty Meeting
 -- Student Meeting

Hot Lunch Menu

Mon, 4/16 - Pasta Marinara
Tues, 4/17 - Quesadillas
Wed, 4/18 - Chili & Cinnamon Rolls
Thur, 4/19 - Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

April Hot Lunch Form


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

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

Unintended Consequences Project
13 April 2012

Photos from Little Shop of Horrors

- to YIHS Drama teachers and students and parent and community member volunteers on a great production of Little Shop of Horrors!

- and to the YIHS Madrigal Ensemble: Genevieve Breitbach, Jack Corbin, Cadan Cummings, Misa Grenier, and Cecelia Kouba, for representing the school at the recent Solo and Ensemble Festival. Jack received a 1 which is the highest score short of advancing to State, and the Ensemble received a 2 which is admirable considering it was their first time out. Of course, they all sang beautifully and made us proud!

Thank you
- Brie Lamers for donating a sewing machine
- Kelvin Rodolfo for teaching the Geology/Geography block this week
- Dawn Hundt for chaperoning for the Junior College tour, and Jane Siemon for donating her van for their use this week
- Shawn Nadeau, Jess and Archer Murdock, AnnaJo Doerr and Julian Lavoie, Montessori Children's House and Miss Mastin's 2nd grade class for sharing their wisdom with the Arc of Life class this week
- Tavniah Betts and Emma Nicholes for helping out the Human Anatomy class
- David Banner for presenting information to the Health and Wellness class on Monday

Our Condolences
- go out to the Buche-Pattison family on the death of Martha's father before Easter.

Mindfulness Lecture: Research and Ideas
Friday, April 13, 7PM at VMH

YIHS, Vernon Memorial Hospital and Gundersen Lutheran are sponsoring a lecture this Friday by Dr. Donal MacCoon from the UW-Madison. Dr. MacCoon will present current research about Mindfulness and Sustainable Well-being. Free! April 13, 7-9PM at the lower level of the VMH Medical Office Building.

Donations for the Lakota Waldorf School
Liz will be traveling to South Dakota next weekend to participate in a service project at the Lakota Waldorf School on the Pine Ridge Reservation (April 18-22). Annette Park at Paper, Scissors, Stone is donating some school supplies to send along - would you like to contribute to this effort? Contact Liz.

True Botanica
Our next True Botanica order will be placed April 24th. Email or call 608-637-2586.

Kwik Trip Scrip now 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.

We're Looking for a Few Good Barns!
Youth Initiative High School is about to start a public art intensive: the idea is to paint on the side of any dilapidated barn, outbuilding, even an abandoned house, somewhere on the edge of town--preferably along a busy highway or somewhere else quite visible. The paintings will be of the building when it was first built, showing the contrast between its original form and the shape it is in now. There may also be portraits of the people who originally homesteaded the land the building rests on.

ANY SUGGESTIONS?? Do you  know of a building that meets the above requirements? Even if it is not your structure, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We will then contact the land owner and move from there. YIHS is hoping to bring attention to local history and culture with this project and we are really looking forward to it! THANK YOU FOR ANY IDEAS!

Job Openings at YIHS for 2012-13 School Year
Youth Initiative High School will soon be interviewing candidates for next school year.

Our Development Director, Shawn Lavoie, has been accepted to the "Arts in Education" program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education! We are thrilled to support Shawn in this quest, and we look forward to his return the following year with new ideas and perspectives. Meanwhile, we will be reorganizing existing staff, and hiring for the following positions:

Camping Trip Coordinator
Duties: Organize a 5 day camping trip for approximately 40 students in grades 9-12, plus 5 adults. Coordinate activities, transportation, and meals; acquire permits and campsite; communicate with YIHS students, parents and staff; be the responsible party during the week of the camping trip itself.
Qualifications:  Education/certification and experience in Outdoor Leadership with teens. Good written and verbal communication skills. Good time management and self-motivation. Demonstrated skills in meeting facilitation and non-violent communication. Demonstrated ability to maintain a respectful relationship with teens while maintaining authority. References and background check required.
Please contact Jacob Hundt or Liz Cox 608-637-6445 for more details.

Development Assistant, part-time temporary position for the 2012-13 school year. (This position could become permanent.)
Duties: Assist the interim Development Director with a variety of tasks, including, but not limited to: database management; event planning & promotions; written updates for major donors; grantwriting, etc.
Qualifications: Successful Development experience, familiarity with Waldorf education (familiarity with YIHS preferred). Excellent organizational skills and written and oral communication skills. Technological literacy and facility with Microsoft Office suite. Ability to stay focused in an atmosphere of youthful exuberance. References and background check required. Contact Jacob or Liz for more details.

High School Humanities Teacher, part time
We have several teaching openings for the 2012-13 school year, including blocks on Comedy and Tragedy, Poetry, and Literature and Writing.
Qualifications: Proficiency with the subject; ability to establish a good rapport with teens while maintaining authority. Familiarity with Waldorf teaching principles and basic anthroposophy preferred. Relevant references and background check required.
Contact Jacob or Liz for more details.

Permaculture Design for PRWS Greenspace
Viroqua, WI

Introduction to Permaculture Ecological Design
Friday Evening Lecture, April 13th, 7-9 pm
Old Main Building, 321 E Decker
Open to Public: Free-will Donation
Full On-site Workshop* at PRWS to Design new Greenspace between PRWS & Landmark Building
Saturday, April 14th, 9 am-4 pm

PRWS building and grounds
*$50 Fee (lunch provided).  Reservation required.

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School has received grant funding from the Paul E. Stry Foundation and Organic Valley to create a greenspace on school grounds (currently asphalt) between PRWS and the Landmark Building in June 2012.  Mark Shepard, alumni parent, organic farmer and renowned Permaculture expert, will lead a design process for the school using this project to teach permaculture design principles and include individuals within our school community as well as area partners, neighbors and community members to help design the space.   This will include a Friday night lecture (open to the public) and a full Saturday workshop (for a fee) on site for participants.  Download the full flyer here.

A Lovely Spring Dinner to benefit
Three Rivers Waldorf School

go to their website for more information!

Dr. Mark Kamsler Lecture and Workshop
in Viroqua
Friday & Saturday April 20, 21

click below to view the full flier

YIHS to Administer ACT PLAN
Friday, April 27

YIHS will be offering the ACT PLAN test for all students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades.  PLAN is a practice standardized test geared towards helping students to prepare to take the ACT, one of the two major national college entrance exams.  Since YIHS does very little timed multiple-choice testing, this is a great opportunity to experience what it will be like to take either the ACT or SAT, which is basic entrance requirement for most colleges.  The results of the ACT PLAN will be released to the students, their parents, and YIHS, but not to colleges or any other organizations, unless the student chooses to do that.  The test will take about 3 hours and will be free of charge for YIHS students.  Non-YIHS students may also take the test for a fee of $12.

If you have any questions, please contact Jacob at

Service Week, May 7-11, 2012
Parents are needed to help us organize Service Week this year. We have a few standing engagements: the Humane Society, the Community Arena, and the PRWS Pentathlon, and we are looking for a parent to coordinate the schedule, transportation, etc. Please contact Liz or Jacob if you would like to fill this very necessary and rewarding role this year! Also, we have a special opportunity to host a presentation from the Beehive Design Collective on Friday, May 11 entitled The True Cost of Coal. See below for more information.

Beehive Design Collective to Visit YIHS
May 11

Promotion and Planning Help Needed!
On Friday, May 11, the Beehive Design Collective, based in Machias, Maine, will be visiting YIHS to do a “high energy, interactive, graphics based picture-lecture” on the topic of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining. We need help from students, parents, and faculty to plan and promote this event.  We'd like to drum up a big audience for this exciting event, and we all need to help plan the logistics, including food and lodging for the Beehive members. If you are interested, please contact Jacob right away at The event itself will be free and open to the public.
For more information and to view the graphics visit OR

Links of interest:
--one is a trailer for a film about Rudolf Steiner from Christopher Mann at Michael Fields Institute:

-- the other is a promotional and fundraising video about Three Rivers Waldorf School - our neighbor in LaCrosse.

Community News
Ewetopia Fiber Shop relocates!
Open for business now in the beautifully refinshed, historic Felix Building on the corner of Court St. and Main St. in Viroqua.
On April 14th - Visit us for a GRAND RE-OPENING EVENT with sales and snacks! Check out our huge new selection of yarns and fibers!
-Kathryn Ashley-Wright (YIHS alumna)
102 S. Main St, Viroqua, WI 54665

GSG - Garden Seeking Gardener-
Large, friendly, good natured organic garden available with lots of free time looking for relationship with easy going, hard working, well intentioned, caring gardener. 
Available in exchange for help with yard work. Location near Liberty Pole 6 mi from Viroqua. Call Brian 608-778-0618  or

Kickapoo Earth Day
Friday, Saturday, April 20, 21
at the new Gays Mills Community Center and Library
Lots of activities and ways to participate! Call 608-625-6061 to find out more.

K-Gap Fundraiser, Friday, April 27

Enjoy an evening of music and dancing to benefit our long-standing relationship with the Kickapoo-Guatemala Accompaniment Project.  Area students have traveled to Guatemala with project leader Connie Vanderhyden and visited the returned refugee village of Nueva Esperanza, Guatemala. For more information about the Guatemala Accompaniment Project click here.

Reiki Open House
Come to my annual reiki open house on Saturday, April 28th from 2-5 p.m. at Chrysalis Farm. Share healing stories and meet others interested in wholeness. Bring a friend, particularly if the friend would like to know more about reiki. I will provide tea and cookies.
Returning Home
Reiki Classes and Treatments
Marcia Halligan, (608) 637-2079

Gleaning for 2012:
From Farm to Food Pantry...

2012 is an exciting year for the Food and Farm's Gleaning project. We are expanding our efforts to help bring fresh produce to our community.

The Farm to Pantry Gleaning project will glean the 2nd and 4th week of the month. Most likely we will glean on  Wednesdays (Tuesdays possibly depending on the farmer's needs.) Please let me know if this is a day that works for you.

We are invited to "glean" the last hour of the Saturday Viroqua Farmer's Market and gather any produce that vendors want to donate: that is from 11-12 every Saturday, May-October. If you are interested in volunteering for this please let me know! This is a great activity for youth.

We will store the produce at the Fifth Season cooler in the Food Enterprise Building. All the produce will go to area food pantries and meal sites the following week. If you know of a family in need and wish to take them some produce you are welcome to do so!

Time Frame for on-farm gleaning
12:30 PM We will meet at the Food Enterprise Building (north of Walmart) and car pool to farms
1PM- we will glean selected fields
3PM -  load up vehicles
3:30PM we will unload produce into cooler
We may stay and glean longer depending on folks' availability and quantity of produce to harvest. We will always be back in Viroqua by 4:30pm.

Wednesday dates:
* we may glean in May depending on crops and weather!
June 13th and 27th
July 11th and 25th
August 8th and 22nd
September 12th and 26th
October 10th and 24th

Look forward to hearing from you about your interest this year; call or email with questions.

Many thanks,
Nicole Penick
Buy Local Development Coordinator
Fifth Season Co-op
Farm and Food Program Manager
Valley Stewardship Network

124 1/2 South Main St.
Viroqua WI 54665
Valley Stewardship & the Fifth Season Co-op are working together to build a regional food system.                    

Teacher Development Opportunity
Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, Milwaukee, WI, is pleased to announce its 2012 Summer Intensive courses: The Inner Life of the Waldorf Teacher & Classroom Management; Sing Me the Creation: Language Arts in the Waldorf School (grades emphasis);  Meeting the Needs of the Young Child in the Waldorf Kindergarten (early childhood emphasis); and Artistic Work in the Waldorf School. The program runs July 2-21. For more information, please visit our website at and find the 2012 Summer Intensive page under GLWI Events, or call Lori Barian, Director of Administration, 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,  April 21
   - Beekeeping with Jordan Bendel
   - Slip Form Masonry with Tom Spicer
Sunday, April 22
   - Log Home Building Primer with William Lasko
Saturday, April 28
   - Round Timber Framing with Allan Mackie
   - Wild Edibles of Early Spring with Nicholas Gale
   - Patchwork Tote Bag with Anna Rodriguez
Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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