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2011-12 Academic Calendar
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Daily Schedule
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Upcoming Deadlines

Friday, March 9
-opt out date for the ACT PLAN test on April 27


27, Monday
7PM, Development Mtg.

28, Tuesday
3:15PM, Personnel Mtg.


1, Thursday
3:15PM, Curriculum Mtg.

2, Friday
11:15AM, Foreign Language Dept Mtg.

7PM, Climate Reality Project Presentation

7, Wednesday
7:30AM, Finance Mtg.

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

Hot Lunch Menu

Mon, 2/27 - Pizza
Tues, 2/28 - Black Beans & Rice w/Nachos
Wed, 2/29 - Soup & Bread
Thur, 3/1 - Baked Potatoes

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

26 February 2012

Join YIHS at the Landmark Center Friday night, March 2nd to learn more about climate change from Andy Gostisha, presenter for the Climate Reality Project started by former Vice President Al Gore. This event is free and open to the public. 7PM.

Thank You
Everyone who made the Valentine's Dinner a success!

Almost every YIHS family was involved in the Dinner somehow. Thanks once again to Macon Luhning (who said he had so much high quality help he was able to stay ahead of schedule!) and Dani Lind of the Rooted Spoon.

New Main Lesson, Movement and Art Blocks
Starting Monday, February 27

Main Lesson Blocks:
Freshmen and Sophomores: History of Revolutions with Matt Voz
Juniors: Parzival with Jacob Hundt
Seniors: Spirituality/Philosophy with Lars Bergan

Movement Blocks:
Spacial Dynamics with Lerie Alstad Van Ells
Moving Circus with Shawn Lavoie

Art Electives:
Block Printing with Pete Hodapp
Fiber Arts/Doll Making with Amy Arnold
Spring Play with Steven Laurdan

Get ready for another YIHS Art Night!
Friday, March 16, 7PM at the Rooted Spoon

YIHS is seeking:
- wool roving for doll-making.
- dyed wool.
- felting needles.
- embroidery floss.
- bits of special fabric.
- old wool sweaters in interesting colors.
- sewing machines, in reliable working condition.
- brown paper bags.
- paint, in pinks, greens, and browns.

The Whole Plate
goes national
YIHS representatives Dawn Hundt, Jane Siemon, Annie Bussiere and Nora Finnerty are bringing our Foods and Nutrition curriculum, The Whole Plate, to schools from all over the nation this week at the Green Schools National Conference in Denver. Click on the logo to find out more about our curriculum.

Track & Field
with Viroqua Area Schools begins on Monday, March 5. Meet in the Middle School gym at 3:30PM. Contact coach Adrian Ugo with questions.

A Springing Flinging Variety-type Show
Hear ye! Hear ye! The PRWS 6th Grade Class ushers in spring with “A Springing Flinging Variety-type Show!” to be held on Friday evening March 23rd.  Applications for acts are now being accepted!
Sign up your solo act or get a group together and come with your voice, tune, dance, skit, routine, or other special talent that is meant to be shared.  Applications can be picked up at the Pleasant Ridge office or by contacting Arwyn Wildingway at 637-8304 or  

YIHS to Administer ACT PLAN Test
Friday, April 27
YIHS will be offering the ACT PLAN test for all students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades.  PLAN is a practice standardized test geared towards helping students to prepare to take the ACT, one of the two major national college entrance exams.  Since YIHS does very little timed multiple-choice testing, this is a great opportunity to experience what it will be like to take either the ACT or SAT, which is basic entrance requirement for most colleges.  The results of the ACT PLAN will be released to the students, their parents, and YIHS, but not to colleges or any other organizations, unless the student chooses to do that.  The test will take about 3 hours and will be free of charge for YIHS students.  Non-YIHS students may also take the test for a fee of $12.

We plan to administer the test to all students in grades 9, 10, and 11, unless we are officially notified by parents that they would not like their students to take the test.  To opt your son or daughter out of the test, please send a note to Jacob Hundt by Friday, March 9.

To help get ready for this test, Jacob will be offering a series of test prep sessions after school during late March and mid-April.  We also hope to organize a formal SAT/ACT prep class, which would also be great preparation for the PLAN.

If you have any questions about all of this, please contact Jacob at

Community News

Young Writers Program
The Driftless Writing Center is launching its Young Writers Program.  We will be having our first 6 week workshop series start March 1st. There are 12 seats available, 6 in the 11-13 age group, and 6 in the 14-18 age group. The cost is $50 for the series: 1 workshop per week for 1-2 hours on Thursdays. 
Through the generosity of the community we have received sponsorship for 7 scholarships, which will be used to help offset costs of tuition.
Our goals for the students: to work with an experienced, professional writer, to gain knowledge of skills and techniques involved in the writing process from conception of idea through revision and polishing, to set up a public reading for the writers to share, and to assist any writer seeking publication with the submission process.
Start date: March 1st, Thursdays 3:30-4:30+ (flexible). Snacks will be included.
Where: Driftless Writing Center, RM 210 Landmark Center. Facilitators: Edward Schultz and Lisa Henner.  For questions and registration please contact Edward Schultz at 608-624-5155 or the Driftless Writing Center. Also, anyone wishing to sponsor a writer for this program please contact Edward Schultz at the above number.  Donations are tax deductable, as the Driftless Writing Center is a not-for-profit entity. Please call with any questions.
Edward Schultz
President DWC

BIOFUELS in our Community
On-Road and On-Farm Usage of Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) and Biodiesel
Building fuel self-sufficiency in our rural community
March 3, 2012, CROPP/Organic Valley
Wisconsin Bioenergy Services and Southwest Wisconsin Community Biofuels are co-sponsoring a community discussion of SVO and biodiesel usage, both on-road and on-farm. Learn the basics of SVO and biodiesel usage; how road and farm vehicle engines can be adapted for their use, regulations guiding their distribution, and lessons from experienced on-road and on-farm users.

The event will be held at CROPP/Organic Valley headquarters,  One Organic Way, La Farge WI from 9:00am till noon, followed by a light complimentary lunch.
Event Outline:
Welcome and Keynote Presentations
by Alicia Leinberger on SVO and biodiesel basics and by Taavi McMahon of GreasEnergy on the latest technology for converting engines to run on vegetable oil.
Break Out Sessions
-  Panel discussion of On-Road / On-Farm Use with community member and farmer voices of experience.  Bob Brylski of Wisconsin Bioenergy Services will share lessons from other communities on the distribution of biofuels, including regulatory considerations.
-  Fleet Managers discussion with CROPP / Organic Valley staff and partners
Vehicle Showcase
Get a close-up look at:
-   CROPP fleet trucks that have been adapted for use of SVO and biodiesel; speak with the people responsible for installing the adaptors and vehicle maintenance.
-   Cars adapted for (or simply using) SVO and biodiesel; visit with the community member owners who describe on a practical level what they’ve done and learned
-   Complimentary light lunch in the CROPP / Organic Valley cafe

This event is free and open to the public.
Time: 9:00am – 12 noon, Saturday March 3, 2012
Location: CROPP / Organic Valley HQ building – One Organic Way, La Farge  WI
For more information, please contact Bob Goonin or Becky Comeau at or 608 606-0276. Please RSVP if you can.

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 10 - Owling with Chuck Meyer
- Saturday, March 17 - Maple Sugaring with Vince Hundt
- Saturday, March 31 - Blacksmithing for Kids with Robert Schulz
Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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