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2011-12 Academic Calendar
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Upcoming Deadlines

Friday, March 30
April Hot Lunch Forms

Friday, April 27
Indy Study Proposals for Elective Block 6



2 - 6, Easter Break

9-13, Junior College Tour

9, Monday
Classes Resume
6PM - DevCom Meeting

10, Tuesday
7PM - Long Range Planning Mtg.

16, Monday
6:30PM - Board Meeting

18, Wednesday
7PM - Parent Meeting

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

Hot Lunch Menu

Mon, 4/9 - Pizza
Tues, 4/10 - Burritos
Wed, 4/11 - Soup & Bread
Thur, 4/12 - Mac & Cheese

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
29 March 2012

YIHS presents Little Shop of Horrors
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
March 29, 30 and 31
Evening performances nightly at 7:30,
Additional Saturday matinee at 2PM.
Admission prices: $8 adults/$5 students/$3 children

...the satirical smash hit about love, betrayal, and the seduction of success that is The Little Shop of Horrors.
Bursting with juicy DRAMA, ridiculous COMEDY, as well as one humungous and blood-thirsty plant, Little Shop combines all the best of musical theatre. To truly understand, one must experience it in person!

Samuel Varney and Misa Grenier in the roles of Seymour and Audrey, respectively-
Featuring all the other awesome kids you know and love!
-Ella Wegman-Lawless as Audrey II aka the Plant!
-Caleb Slemer as Mr. Mushnik!
-Emmitt Kehoe-Scott as Orin the Dentist!
-Ayana Perry, Cecelia Kouba, Genevieve Breitbach, Eleanore
Staffanson, and Chenoa Moore
as the fabulous Doo-Wop Ladies!
...And many more talented, wonderful people!
~Special thanks to the Jam Band who will be providing the instrumental groovy tunage crucial to the production.~
Join us for an evening of music, magic and deliciously wacky fun! Hope to see everyone there, the more the merrier...
~ See More

New Blocks beginning April 9th:
Correction from last week--Juniors will begin a block on Art History after their College Tour.

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.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR 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 HELP!

- to Corinne Horan on her oboe performance at the Solo & Ensemble Competition last weekend! Corinne will be advancing to the State level.

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 on 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

The Beehive Design Collective presents

The True Cost of Coal:
 a Visual Exploration of
Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
The Swarm is coming! The Beehive Design Collective is heading this way to present their True Cost of Coal graphics campaign!

Over three years in the making, the True Cost of Coal is a collaboratively-made, highly-detailed, allegorical illustration brought to life by the Bees themselves: volunteer activists, artists, storytellers, and educators who use hand-drawn cartoons and stories from grassroots communities to explore the connections between local, everyday stories and the bigger picture of our historical moment.

The True Cost of Coal depicts the complex history of Mountaintop Removal coal mining, the most extreme form of surface mining for coal. To create their elaborate illustration, Beehive volunteers first interviewed hundreds of folks throughout the Appalachian region whose lives and livelihoods are affect by the coal industry. “People are experts in their own lives and experiences,” explains one Worker Bee. “No one understands the story of coal better than folks who are living it every day. Our goal with this poster has been to amplify these stories- to create a visual megaphone for the folks most affected by resource extraction.”

Emphasizing the resiliency of communities on the frontlines of energy production, globalization, and climate change, the Bees highlight grassroots, community-led solutions to the energy crisis and invite us to look critically at top-down strategies that promise more mounting social and environmental crises in the pivotal years to come.

With gigantic portable murals teeming with intricate images of plants and animals from the most biodiverse temperate forests on the planet, the Bees’ mission is to “cross-pollinate the grassroots,” drawing audiences together around common experiences and hopeful possibilities for collective action.

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.

YIHS has done a musical before! We performed the Three Penny Opera in 2000.

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.

Beloved Viroqua Farm For Sale!
It's less than 10 miles from town, just south of Liberty Pole, in a beautiful warm loving community of mindful neighbors.  The farmhouse is a renovated 6 bedroom, with a Russian stove for central heat, south facing two story with 1 bath--the house has been Coulee Cap weatherized.  There's a certified organic commercial kitchen and land---12 acres with  2-3 tillable, balanced pasture, woodland, and meadow, (possible to purchase only 10 acres), a renovated 20 x 30 studio with vaulted ceiling, loft and half bath, small summer kitchen, large milking barn, straight wood barn, greenhouse (will be repaired from storm damage), approx one acre of goat fencing.  Possible spring/pond--formerly on land--trees have grown inside reservoir.  $220,000.
Available for viewing through scheduled appointment after April 1st!  Adrienne Fox:  or 608-675-3737

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, March 31
  - Blacksmithing for Kids with Robert Schulz
Saturday, April 7
  - Grafting with Rikardo Jahnke
Saturday,  April 21
   - Beekeeping with Jordan Bendel
   - Slip Form Masonry with Tom Spicer
Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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