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2011-12 Academic Calendar
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13, Sunday
Mother's Day Brunch!
9:30AM - 12:30PM

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

15, Tuesday
3:15 - Personnel Meeting

16, Wednesday
3:15 - Curriculum Meeting

17, Thursday
8:30AM - Finance Meeting
4:15 - Track Meet, Viroqua High School
6:30 - Senior Project Presentations

21, Monday
3:30 - Regional Track Meet, Viroqua High School

28, Monday
NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

29, Tuesday
6:00PM - All School Meeting/Potluck
NO HOT LUNCH this 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, 5/14 - Pasta Marinara
Tues, 5/15 - Tosadas
Wed, 5/16 - Rice & Veggies w/Tofu
Thur, 5/17 - Asian Noodles

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

Lakota Waldorf 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
12 May 2012

YIHS Mothers' Day Brunch
Sunday, May 13

9AM - 12:30PM

Feed your Mother!
This Sunday, 9:30 - 12:30 at the school, treat Mom to a delicious meal of sweet and savory crepes. You can both look back fondly at the burnt toast and cereal breakfast you provided her on Mother's Days past. Reserve a spot through our website.

- to Keiko and Clovis Siemon on the arrival of Kii Geo, born last Sunday, May 6th. Everyone is doing very well.

Thank you
- Kathy Lofton, Erin Varney, Halle Pollay, Kady Fox, Robert Perry, Jane Siemon, Jessica Hooper, Mary Kehoe, Rebecca Smith, and Freya Hemingway for working, supervising, lending vehicles and driving during Service Week. And especially, thanks to Bean, Shawn, Matt and Jacob for filling in the organizational and supervisory gaps. We invite everyone for a quick tour of the Pit, compliments of Becca and Freya (yay for alumni during Service Week!), while it lasts...

Three Week Intensives start this
Monday, May 14

Our daily schedule for these last three weeks will start with Morning Circle and Main Lesson as usual, followed by Elective Intensives for the rest of the day.

The Wilderness Skills and Agriculture classes will take overnight field trips Wednesday, May 23 - Friday, May 25.

Ladders Needed for Art Intensive Block
We could still use 4 or so ladders of any size 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

Photos from the Lakota Waldorf School
Liz and Adam ('06) Cox spent a recent weekend at the Lakota Waldorf School, on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, participating in a service project organized by AWSNA. (More photos are available at AWSNA's Facebook page.) The indescribable landscape, the students and staff at the school, and the other volunteers made this an unforgettable weekend.

Here is a little background about the Lakota Waldorf School from their website:

Lakota Language and Culture
And the Waldorf Pedagogy

Lakota language and culture are central to our work. It is the teachers' and parents' hope that the children will feel deeply connected to their Lakota Culture, deriving honor, strength and self-esteem from it.

The Lakota language is of the greatest significance. It is the culture and the spirit of the people. In many ways the Waldorf curriculum parallels traditional Lakota wisdom and teaching. It shows many similarities to the ways the Lakota parents and grandparents raised and taught their children. Like the Lakota culture the Waldorf method respects the sacredness and individuality of each child and teaches through experience and through pictorial thinking rather than through concepts. Waldorf education accepts and integrates the spiritual part of the human being as well as the spiritual life of the earth and all living beings.

This part of Lakota spirituality must become part of the daily life again, to carry on the richness of the Lakota culture, and its wisdom and knowledge into the future. To realize this Waldorf pedagogy could be a great contribution. It is the goal of the Lakota Waldorf School to get the students to realize that they can change their future! When the children see a chance in their education to improve their living situation, an important goal of the schooling is achieved.

We have also joined together with the Waldorf education because we feel that it agrees with the true Lakota teaching methods. We were taught that when our children were educated through all five of their senses their sixth sense also opens their hearts. We feel that the Waldorf method of education is in harmony with our own traditional holistic approach. The Waldorf motto - receive the child in reverence, educate him in love, send him forth in freedom - reflects closely Lakota values and the respect for each child's sacred mission on Earth.

The Lakota Waldorf School has partnered together with the Lakota Woglaka Wounspe (Lakota First School), of the Oglala Lakota College, sharing students, staff, facilities and resources from Kindergarten into elementary school.

For more information about the Lakota Waldorf School or the Pine Ridge Reservation, visit the school's website.

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.

Football Sign-up Meeting
Students interested in playing Football next Fall should attend the initial meeting on Wednesday, May 16 at 7PM at the VHS Commons. Contact Josh Hanson, 608-637-1616 with questions.

Center for Anthroposophy Summer Sessions
The Center for Anthroposophy offers short summer sessions in Wilton, NH, of particular interest for anyone working with teens. Click on the link to download a brochure.

Community News

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 12
   - Macrame Hanging Plant Holder with Annie Bussiere
Saturday, May 19
   - Scything with Rice Spann
Sunday, May 20
   - Chip Carving Essentials with Marty Leenhouts
   - Log Home Building Primer with William Lasko
Saturday, May 26
   - Functional Garden Art with Jamie Cermak

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