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The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter

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2011-12 Academic Calendar
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Daily Schedule
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7-11, Monday - Friday
Service Week

8, Tuesday
7PM - Long Range Planning

10, Thursday
PRWS Pentathlon

11, Friday
12:50 - Beehive Collective
YIHS Lounge

13, Sunday
Mother's Day Brunch!
9:30AM - 12:30PM

14, Monday
6:30PM - Board Meeting
End-of-Year Intensives begin

17, Thursday
6:30 - Senior Project Presentations

28, Monday
NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

29, Tuesday
6:00PM - All School Meeting/Potluck
NO HOT LUNCH for the rest of the week.

1, Friday
Last Day of School

3, Sunday
Graduation, 2PM

Standing Meetings

3:15PM - Mondays
 -- Administrative Meeting

10:30AM - Thursdays
 -- Faculty Meeting
 -- Student Meeting

Hot Lunch Menu

Mon, 5/7 - Pizza
Tues, 5/8 - Burritos
Wed, 5/9 - Soup & Bread
Thur, 5/10 - Mac & Cheese

May 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
4 May 2012

YIHS Mothers' Day Brunch
Sunday, May 13

9AM - 12:30PM

We are still looking for a few donations of the following items:
  • Lots of Rhubarb
  • Frozen strawberries, raspberries, other berries
  • Nettles
  • Ramps (wild leeks)
We will also be looking for flowers and beautiful things to decorate the tables. Please contact Shawn if you can contribute.

- to Jaali Parish, who earned gold medals in three events: the 100m dash, the 4x4 relay, and the 4x1 relay at the Schultz Invitational track meet at Arcadia last Friday. She was also elected MVP for the entire meet!

Service Week, May 7-11, 2012
Service Week begins Monday and this is just a reminder that we have lots of work to do and lots of organizations to serve. Parents and students, look for a separate email with schedules. This week will include time working on Vernon Trails projects, Waswagoning, on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation, Viroqua Thrift Store, Viroqua Library, Pleasant Ridge and the Landmark Center, Valley Stewardship Network, Habitat for Humanity, and more.

Needed for Art Intensive Block
Well, we've found a few good barns and now we need some ladders. 4 or so ladders of any size would be helpful for the 3 weeks between May 14 and June 1. Contact Jacob if you have one to lend us.

We will close out the year with our Semi-Annual All School Meeting on Tuesday, May 29th, with a pot-luck starting at 6PM. Always worth attending, this year includes surprise entertainment!
Pot-luck assignments:
Freshmen families: Main dish
Sophomores: Desserts
Juniors: Salad/Side Dishes
Seniors: Bread, etc.
Board: Beverages

This Weekend only!
Don't miss the delightful adaptation of the rockin' 50's-inspired musical, Grease.  Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School's 8th grade will be presenting the play at the Landmark Center at the following times:
Friday, May 4th at 6:30 PM.
Saturday, May 5th at 4 PM.
The cost will be $7 for adults, $3 for students or $20 for a family; appropriate for all ages. See you at the show!

Kwik Trip Scrip 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. Please note: if you use your Kwik Trip card at the pump, you must complete the sale before your card will work inside the store.
Also - if you make regular trips to LaCrosse and could pick up our card order occasionally, please contact Liz at school.

Employment Opportunities at YIHS for 2012-13 School Year
Youth Initiative High School will soon be interviewing candidates for next school year. Please visit our website to view our job descriptions and download an application form.

Beehive Design Collective to Visit YIHS
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. Please join us! This event is free and open to the public.
1PM, May 11, YIHS, 3rd floor Landmark Center.

For more information and to view the graphics visit OR or call the school, 608-637-6445.

AWSNA Summer Conference
The annual AWSNA Summer Conference, entitled Working with Young People, will be held in Sacramento, California, June 24-27, 2012. View the full brochure on the AWSNA website, or click here to register online.

Community News

Biodynamic Prep Digging
Saturday, May 5

The Viroqua Biodynamic Group will hold the Prep Digging event at Chrysalis Farm on Saturday, May 5th. We welcome families with children and people interested in learning more about biodynamics to attend. Work will begin at 10 a.m. with a shared pot luck meal somewhere around noon. Sunday will be the backup rain date. Contact Steven Adams for more information.   (608) 637-2079

Driver's Ed - gearing up again
Any students 15 and older interested in taking Driver's Education this summer should register on-line at Ready Driving Academy. Students may also pick up forms in the YIHS office. Classes will begin June 11th and continue until June 29th, Monday through Friday, 8:00 - 10:00AM. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Ertl at 608-637-7498.

Teacher Development Opportunity
Great Lakes Waldorf Institute in Milwaukee, WI, is offering a number of workshops that may be of value to currently practicing teachers for continuing education and to parents and other interested adults for personal enrichment.

Details can be found on the Great Lakes website or by contacting or 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, May 5
   - Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Gardening with Roger Reynolds
   - Basic Quilt Blocks Series with Anna Rodriguez
Sunday, May 6
   - Edible Landscaping with Roger Reynolds
   - Seed Starting Workshop with Roger Reynolds
   - Basic Quilt Block Series with Anna Rodriguez
Saturday, May 12
   - Macrame Hanging Plant Holder with Annie Bussiere
Saturday, May 19
   - Scything with Rice Spann

Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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