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The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter


29, Saturday
8PM - 12AM - Halloween Coffeehouse, YIHS Lounge


5, Saturday
9AM - Compassionate Communication Workshop, Three Rivers Waldorf School

7-11, Monday - Friday
Senior College Tour

10, Thursday
7PM - Faculty Showcase and Art Night

14, Monday
3:15PM - Curriculum Comm.
7PM - Parent Meeting

15, Tuesday
3:15PM - Personnel Comm.

16, Wednesday
7:30PM - Orchestra/Choir Concert

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

Hot Lunch Menu
Mon, 10/31 - NO HOT LUNCH!
Tues, 11/1 - Tostadas
Wed, 11/2 - Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Thur, 11/3- Rice & Veggies w/Tofu

Link to:

WikiSpaces for Parents, Students & Faculty only for weekly/final student reports.

2011-12 Schedules

November Hot Lunch Form

Other Related Links

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

Driftless Folk School

Essential Skills Outdoor School

City of Viroqua

Driftless United Athletics

Viroqua Area Hockey Association


More Interesting Links

The Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter

The Story of Stuff Project

The Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Presencing Institute

29 October 2011

Bring your friends to our Fall Faculty Showcase!
Our first Faculty Showcase will be on Thursday, November 10 at 7PM. It will be a great introduction to the work we do here at YIHS and there will be student work on display from our recent art classes. This is open to the public, and we especially encourage curious parents of junior high schoolers to attend. See you there!

Parent Teacher Conferences
Please let us know what you thought about the new format! We had a pretty good turnout and we would like your feedback.

YIHS Long Range Planners
The current Question of the Week has been extended for another week.  Please click on the link above to be transported to a world of dreams and fancies.

Here are some of the answers we've received to the mysterious question so far: "...filled with light from natural sources...", "...gardens...", "...fountains that produce lemonade instead of water..."

Check back for a new question next week!

A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Compute
Follow this link to an article that appeared in last Sunday's NY Times about the appeal of Waldorf education for parents who work in high tech fields. There is also a response from Greg Simon, former chief domestic policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore that you can read here.

YIHS on Facebook
The YIHS Development office is seeking a volunteer to help maintain our Facebook page. If you would like to help, please contact Matt

All Souls' Evening
You are welcome to attend an evening to honor our departed loved ones on Wednesday, November 2 at the Pleasant Ridge Old Main Building. 7PM, $3-5 contribution. Please bring a candle.

BOOM at The Fortney Underground Theater
We are thrilled to have YIHS senior, Ella Lawless, in our fall production of BOOM, a play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. Preview night is Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30. No reservations required for preview night and free will offering accepted as admission. Three weekends only! See poster above or call 608-606-0840 for performance dates and further details. Just a note...this show contains adult themes and language and is suitable for ages high school and older.

November Hot Lunch form
Available here. Please note, there is no hot lunch on Monday, Oct. 31.

   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  If you want to remain anonymous, please state this.

Thank you
Thank you from the Automotive Mechanics Class to all of you who allowed us to use your cars as guinea pigs (and paid us for it).  We hope you enjoy your winterized car! Due to your generosity the class not only paid all of its expenses, it even made a few bucks!    ~ Matt Voz

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream for Sale
In the weeks to come, the PRWS 8th grade will be selling regionally produced, super-premium, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream on Fridays in the PRWS gym from 3:00-4:00PM as a fundraiser for their 8th grade class trip.
Single Cones: $1.50
Doubles: $2.50
Pints: $5.50

Please PRE-ORDER PINTS by e-mailing Sheila Sherwin and placing order by Friday at 11:00 AM.  Thank You!

Farm to Pantry Gleaning Events
Student Service Hours opportunity!
November 1st, 1-3PM - car pool from the Blue Dog Cycles parking lot.
More gleaning will be happening later in November!

Email or call Nicole to or 637-3615

Compassionate Communication Workshop
Saturday, November 5
Tired of miscommunication and tension at home and at work? Three Rivers Waldorf School is sponsoring a workshop led by Wade Britzius on Saturday, November 5, 9AM - 4PM. $20 - $60 contribution requested. Call 608-781-4533 or 608-484-2250 to register. Three Rivers Waldorf School is located at 901 Caledonia St., LaCrosse.

A Retrospective of Nature's Art
by Rick La Martina

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. Admission price is $20.

Many of you know that Rick has been diagnosed with stage 4 mesothelioma. This event is a fundraiser for Rick and Peg, so Peg can take a leave from work when necessary to care for him. 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  THANK YOU

Driftless Folk School Classes

Visit to  learn more about upcoming classes, register online or download a registration form.

Saturday, Nov. 5
-Curtains with Jessica Hooper

Saturday, Nov. 12
-Residential Energy Efficiency with John Fergus
-Root Cellaring Tour with Lauren Hunt

Sat, Sunday, Nov. 12 - 13
-Hand Forged Axe with Thomas Latané

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

National Geographic offers
Summer Program Scholarships

The National Geographic Student Expeditions Scholarship Program provides financial support to high school students who are seeking educational summer experiences they otherwise could not afford. The program seeks to provide opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds and to enhance the group dynamic and learning opportunities for everyone involved.

The scholarship program generally considers students eligible if their parents' combined income is less than $50,000 and they have few other assets. International students are welcome to apply. Deadline: March 1, 2012. Follow the link above to apply.

Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
Call for Entries

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers invites creative teens in grades 7-12 to submit work in twenty-eight categories of art and writing, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction.

Student submissions are judged on the regional level by the alliance's affiliates, with the top winning works then presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive the highest honors. Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded with Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs. The alliance will offer more than $270,000 in direct scholarships and awards this year. High school senior award winners are also eligible for nearly $4 million in scholarships through a network of more than sixty colleges and universities.

To be eligible, students must be in grades 7-12 in a public, private, parochial, home-school, or out of school program in the U.S. or Canada, or in an American school abroad.

Deadlines for submitting work vary by region and generally range from December 15, 2011, through January 15, 2012. Click on the link above to apply.

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