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Let's Finish This Together
It's Time to Reunite!

It's been 187 days (or 269,280 minutes) since October 26th, 2020, when we transformed Youth Initiative High School into Youth Initiative Microschools.  Now we're getting ready to come back together again.  On May 17th all of us will be returning to the Landmark Center from 8:30am to 3pm, 4 days a week.  We'll still be keeping all our COVID protocols in place for now, but the finish line is on the horizon!  Check the calendar below for 3 outdoor, community events coming up during the final weeks of school!

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Greg & Julia's Calendar Corner


End of Microschools

9th Grade Expedition
10th Grade Service Expedition to Community Homestead
11th Grade College Tour
12th Grade Expedition

Intensives - Classes Return to Landmark Center

All School Meeting


Potluck of Ideas

Last Day of School


It's About to Get Intense!

We're putting the band back together for one last show, and it's gonna be epic.  Now is the moment to choose your instrument. This elective procedure is for ALL STUDENTS.  

Read the Intensive Class Descriptions

Make Your Intensive Class Selections

Personnel Committee Needs Your Help!

Every day we ask our students to lean into discomfort, to explore things about the world and about themselves that they didn't know or couldn't see.  We point out their mistakes, challenge their assumptions, and push them to do and to be better. We ask them to learn and grow, but we would never ask them to do something we wouldn't be willing to do ourselves.  That's why we are asking the YIHS community; students, parents, faculty, and community members, to share their wisdom and experience in helping our faculty better live into our values.  Please read the instructions and follow the prompts below.  All evaluations are 100% anonymous. Deadline to submit evaluations is May 9.

Click Here to Share Your Experiences with Our Staff

YIHS Merch is Back with Fresh(er) Designs

EVERYBODY wins when you buy a t-shirt or hoodie, designed and printed by YIHS senior Sebastian Danneil and his intrepid team of garment workers!  All proceeds go to YIHS, Sebastian's senior project becomes a success, you look cool, and the general public doesn't have to see your nipples anymore!  Start winning! Start shopping!

Start Winning! Start Shopping!

We're Getting Serious, Don't Make Us Release the Hounds

It's time to look forward to the 21-22 school year!  Pledge season is upon us.  Please sign up for a pledge meeting today!  We've added fresh new dates for your convenience!

Boarding House Seeks Hay or Straw Mulch!

The Boarding House gardens are in need of manure and straw/hay mulch.  We aren't picky.  If you have any of the above to donate, please contact Matt.

Click here to schedule a pledge meeting today!

Your One-Stop Re-Invitation Resource

YIHS students, you may have heard that the Re-Invitation Committee has been asking questions lately.  Maybe you accidentally deleted all those emails and lost all those slips of paper and forgot all those morning announcements and now you don't know what to do.  Don't fret we've got you covered.  Just click the party popper to (re)learn everything you (already) need(ed) to know.

Youther of the Week

Zelda Hodapp
YIHS Class of 2027

Favorite Ice Cream: This One
Favorite Pentathlon Event: This One
Favorite Harry Potter Character: This One
Poem of the Week

Streets of Laredo (Cowboy's Lament)

 As I walked out on the streets of Laredo.
As I walked out on Laredo one day,
I spied a young cowboy wrapped in white linen
Wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay.
I can see by your outfit that you are a cowboy
These words he did say as I boldly walked by.
Come an' sit down beside me an' hear my sad story.
I'm shot in the breast an' I know I must die.
It was once in the saddle, I used to go dashing.
Once in the saddle, I used to go gay.
First to the card-house and then down to Rose's.
But I'm shot in the breast and I'm dying today.
Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin.
Six dance-hall maidens to bear up my pall.
Throw bunches of roses all over my coffin.
Roses to deaden the clods as they fall.
Then beat the drum slowly, play the Fife lowly.
Play the dead march as you carry me along.
Take me to the green valley, lay the sod o'er me
I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong.
Then go write a letter to my grey-haired mother
An' tell her the cowboy that she loved has gone.
But please not one word of the man who had killed me.
Don't mention his name and his name will pass on.
When thus he had spoken, the hot sun was setting.
The streets of Laredo grew cold as the clay.
We took the young cowboy down to the green valley
And there stands his marker, we made, to this day.
We beat the drum slowly and played the Fife lowly
Played the dead march as we carried him along.
Down in the green valley, laid the sod o'er him.
He was a young cowboy and he said he'd done wrong.

to the YIHS Baron of Balloons, Luca Cairns-Hilliker!

Thank You

for copious amounts of bovine fecal matter:
Lars Bergan

for helping with our observance of Earth Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day:
Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Jerome McGeorge
Martha Buche
Connie Vanderhyden

for offering their homes in our time of need:
Democratic Party of Vernon County

St. Mary's Catholic Church

The Commons

Bricolage Cirkus

Viroqua Masonic Temple

Rooted Spoon Culinary

Wonderstate Coffee

Driftless Books

Teacher of the Month

Shaw Nerika
Art, Music, and Much, Much More

An organization Shawn would like to highlight this month: This One
A food that Erika would like to highlight this month: This One 
An artist that Shawn & Erika agreed to highlight this month: This One
Fictional Human of the Week:

The Man With No Name
Lives in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Sergio Leone

Click the image to learn more about The Man with No Name

Anthropological Survey of the Week

Favorite Clint Eastwood film:

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Dirty Harry

Bridges of Madison County

Gran Torino

Last week's survey: 
Empire you'd most like to time travel to:
The German Empire - 0%
The Austro-Hungarian Empire - 33%
The Russian Empire - 33%
The Ottoman Empire -  33%

Community Corner

You've Probably Noticed: It's Spring!

Here at Viroqua’s in-town greenhouse Thoreau’s Garden, our wide selection of seasonal vegetables are waiting to be planted in your garden as we enter spring. From a variety of affordable and locally grown tomatoes, onions, leeks, regular and hot peppers, delicious greens, and more. We welcome you to take a stroll through our lush greenhouses and explore the extensive selection of edible additions to your garden that we have carefully curated for you! As we continue to support our community by providing fresh vegetables and plants, we want to say thank you to the members of the community that support us. That’s why for the month of April, we’ve introduced a discount of 15% off your purchase for parents of students that attend Youth Initiative Highschool and Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School.  Come into Thoreau’s Garden to take a stroll through our four vibrant greenhouses, and stay to collect all of the incredibly tasty vegetables and herbs that will nourish your body and mind this season.


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