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The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter


21, Monday
6:30PM - Board Meeting

23-25, Wednesday - Friday
Thanksgiving Break
No School


2, 3, Friday, Saturday
PRWS Holiday Fair

5, Monday
3:15PM - Curriculum Comm.
6:00PM - Development Comm.

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

Hot Lunch Menu
Mon, 11/21 - Pizza
Tues, 11/22 - Baked Squash w/Wild Rice Salad
Wed, 11/23 - No School
Thur, 11/24 - No School Happy Thanksgiving!
(Please eat responsibly.)

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

20 November 2011

Today is your day, your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way.
  ~ Dr. Seuss

Clean-Up Day.



Thank you to the Parents, Students and Faculty who helped out at Saturday's Work Day:
Paula Grenier
Jerry McGeorge
Joe Rising
Kay Fandel
Mike & Carly Horan
Christian & Corinne Horan
Dan Burke
Justys Grenier
Kili McGeorge
Cecilia Kouba and Ivy Clark
Dean Staffanson
Susan & Charlie Townsley
Dodie Whitaker
Vicki Ramsay
Ella & Steve Lawless
Noah Gullion

It makes such a difference to have this concentrated effort now and then! Thank you to our excellent parents and staff.

YIHS Parent Fundraiser--
YIHS parents have lovingly crafted delicious apple pies for your holiday table. Support our school and add something scrumptious to your Thanksgiving table! (Or buy two and keep one in the freezer for your next holiday.) Place your order with Jenny at 608-606-0572. Don't delay - these pies go fast!

to YIHS Junior Jasmine Jamila-Wuerth on her acceptance to Conserve School in Land O'Lakes, WI for the spring semester.  This means that Jasmine won't be with us from late January through the end of the year, but it is an exciting, all-expenses paid, educational opportunity all around.  Jasmine is the second YIHS student to participate in the new Conserve School semester program (Cadan Cummings will be coming back to YIHS from there after Christmas).
Conserve School has recently approached YIHS about the idea of creating a semester boarding program based here which could be marketed in combination with Conserve for students interested in a full year boarding experience.  If you have any thoughts about this, let me know!

Talk on Financing College and Student Loans
On Monday, November 21 at 1:50 pm, YIHS alumnus Silas Hundt will be speaking with the senior class on the subject of student loans and the overall process of college financial aid.  All interested YIHS parents are also invited to attend.
After attending Deep Springs College and the University of Chicago, Silas has gone on to participate in the creation of, an all purpose student finance website company which aims to make the process of applying for and receiving financial aid and student loans easier and more affordable.  Silas will talk about private and government sources of financial aid and ways to think about the costs of college.
He asks that you follow this link: and complete the questionnaire if you are planning to attend.  If you are not able to come, but still have questions, you can contact Silas at

Upcoming True Botanica orders
The next True Botanica order dates are:
Monday,  Nov 21st
Monday,  Dec 5th
Call Diana 608-637-2586 or email
Any orders for 50.00 or more will get a free True Defence for Kids--regularly $17.90.

YIHS Long Range Planning
Question #3:

A new question! We've been getting good responses so far-- let your voice be heard. Click on the image above to answer this week's question.

Squash for Sale!
Organic Butternut and Red Khuri squash for sale, grown by 2 YIHS students. $1 each or $16 for a 35 lb. box. Call Christine at 608-606-9230.

   Kaleidoscope --  Last 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.

Driftless Folk School Classes

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

Saturday, Dec. 3
-Chip Carving Essentials with Marty Leenhouts

Saturday, Dec. 10
- Basic Sausage Making with Vince and Dawn Hundt

Sunday, Dec. 11
- Sheep Butchering with Jason Thimmesch

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