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11, Sunday
2AM - Daylight Saving time begins
6PM - Potluck Welcome for AWSNA visitors

12, Monday
7PM - Long Range Planning

13, Tuesday
7PM - Parent Meeting

15, Thursday
3:15 - Curriculum Meeting

16, Friday
7PM at the Rooted Spoon
Art Night!

17, Saturday
8:30AM - SAT practice test
8PM - Saint Patrick's Day Coffeehouse!

19 - 30
Two Week Spring Play Intensive

29, 30, 31, April 1
YIHS Presents:
Little Shop of Horrors


2 - 6, Easter Break

9-13, Junior College Tour

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

Hot Lunch Menu

Mon, 3/12 - Pizza
Tues, 3/11 - Burritos
Wed, 3/13 - Soup & Bread
Thur, 3/14 - Mac & Cheese

March 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

10 March 2012

YIHS Art Night!
Friday, March 16, 7PM at the Rooted Spoon
Enjoy our spring Art Night at the Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table, 215 S. Main St. in Viroqua on Friday 16 March at 7pm
Featuring: fine art from our block printing, photography, doll-making, and narrative illustration classes; technical art from our  soap-making, carpentry, and robotics classes; art from academic classes like World Religions, Dante's Inferno and Astronomy; live music, and a special sneak preview of the YIHS spring play.
This event is free and open to the public. Come support community, youth, and artistic expression!

Welcome our AWSNA visitors Sunday evening!
On Sunday evening, March 11th at 6PM we'll host a potluck welcome for Colleen Everhart and Michael Holdrege who will be at YIHS for a couple of days for our annual AWSNA visit. They will be spending time with teachers and Board members and the Long Range Planning group while they're here, and would love to meet as many parents in the YIHS community as they can.

Thank You!
- Killian Frey, for emergency repairs to The Whole Plate website this week.

Parent Meeting, Tuesday, March 13
Join us at 7PM on Tuesday the 13th for our next Parent Meeting.
- Class Parent Elections
- Review of tech policy
- Reenrollment meetings
- Rap of the AWSNA visit
- Discussion from the Technology panel continues with Kevin Schmidt

Quiz Bowl!

YIHS QuizBowl contestants at the Tournament in February. Despite valiant efforts we lost in the final round.

SAT Prep Class
The Youth Initiative High School will be offering an 11 session SAT test prep class starting on Saturday, March 17 with a full length practice SAT.  This class is geared towards preparing students to take the SAT on May 5.

The class will be taught by YIHS Faculty members Jacob Hundt and Shawn Lavoie, and we will be working from a Princeton Review textbook. We will be covering strategies and tips for doing well on all segments of the SAT, with plenty of opportunities for practice and improvement.  This class might also be good preparation for the ACT PLAN test which will be offered at YIHS on April 27. This class is open to all students in the local community.

SAT Practice, Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Test Registration and also tasty snacks.
March 17: Full length practice SAT from 8:15am - 12:30pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Class sessions from 3:20-5:00pm on March 20, 22, 27, 29, April 17, 19, 24, 26, May 1 and 3.
YIHS Art Room, Landmark Center, 3rd Floor.
How Much?
$40 - fee includes a Princeton Review textbook and snacks for weekday classes.
Sign Up?
To register, please contact Jacob Hundt at YIHS (608-637-6445 or by Friday, March 9. Non-YIHS students are welcome!

Junior College Tour - April 9 - 13
The YIHS 11th grade will be embarking on our annual Junior college tour during the week of April  9-13.  We will be visiting a variety of different campuses across the Midwest.  A tentative list includes Cornell College, Antioch College, Shimer College, Le Cordon Bleu/Chicago, University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Columbia College, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
We will most likely be able to stay for free with colleges, alumni, and family members and some meals will be covered by colleges.  Depending on the price of gas and the final route, we expect the cost per student to be about $125 for the week.  We will need an adult driver and two vehicles for this trip, probably a mini-van and a regular sedan or 2 minivans.  If you are interested in helping us out and getting a head start on the college search, please contact Jacob.

Community News

PRWS Raffle Drawing Party, March 18
Grand Prize: 6 night stay at Finca Exotica resort and organic farm in Costa Rica!
Raffle Party & Drawing on Sunday, March 18th, 5-8 pm
7:30 pm Drawing at the Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table

Friday, March 23, 2012, 7pm

Come one, come all to a sparkling showcase of community talent! Marvel at singers, dancers, musicians, and thespians—show-offs of every sort—as they strut their stuff upon the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School stage. Good, clean fun for ladies and gents, boys and girls of all ages!

Admission: Adults $5 / Students $3 / Family $10
Sweet and savory treats and a bevy of beverages will be available.

Call for Talent
* Acts are open to students, teachers, parents and other community members.
* Maximum length of act 5 minutes.
* Gear acts for a family audience.
* For an application or questions, call Arwyn at 637-8304 or email

Submit applications by Monday, March 19 to the PRWS office or email Arwyn (above).

Thank you from the PRWS 6th grade class.

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

Looking for house to rent
Annie Bussiere and Jamie Cermak are looking for a house to move into as soon as possible!  Ideally we want to find a house where we can have a vegetable garden and have a couple chickens.  As a lot of places seem to be opening in April, a temporary situation (co-housing/ sub-leasing/ house sitting/ one month rental/ work-trade) is also possible, to give us more time to find our ideal spot.  Our sub-lease is ending and our original plans fell through- and we need a place by the end of next week.  If you have any ideas or opportunities please e-mail Annie at or call 508-292-3080.  If you want to see who we are, check out Annie's blog:  Thanks!

Turning Place Monthly Meeting, Monday, 3/12
Our next monthly meeting will take place Monday evening March 12 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Turning Place, Rm. 202 at the Landmark Center, next to the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School on E. Court St., in Viroqua.

We will meet at 6:30 for a social time and a chance to peruse the library; the meeting will follow from 7:00-9:00 pm. Annette Conlon, Eurythmist, will lead us in Eurythmy Alleluia again this month for about the first 20 minutes. Rich Grams will make a short presentation on the Easter theme, and we will have time for discussion after. Rich has been a student of Rudolf Steiner’s work since the 1990’s and has a particular interest in its philosophical foundations, inner work, and Consciousness Studies. The Business meeting will follow at 8:30 pm; people are free to leave if they wish.

Our monthly meetings are scheduled on the second Monday evening of each month and are open to all who share an interest in the work of Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy.  We invite local friends of anthroposophy to share their work with us during these meetings, so let us know if you are interested in presenting some time this year. Upcoming dates include April 9 and May 14.

Call 608-629-5507 or email with questions.

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.

News from AWSNA
The March issue of Inform, the AWSNA newsletter, is available here.

Prairie Hill Waldorf School seeks Administrator
Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee, WI is seeking an experienced Administrator for our ASWNA-accredited, 25 year-old school which serves 150 students and their parents from toddler to Grade 8.  Prairie Hill Waldorf School is located on 13 lovely acres of gardens, fields, wetlands, and woods in the heart of Waukesha County in an area known as “Lake Country”, just west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The region features several biodynamic farms, a LifeWays training center, the Great Lakes Waldorf Teacher Training program, and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.
View the position description here.

Driftless Folk School Classes

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

Saturday, March 17
  - Maple Sugaring with Vince Hundt
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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