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The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter


15, Saturday
Driftless United @ Eagle School (Tournament)
4:30PM - Empty Bowls Soup Supper, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

17, Monday
3:15PM - Curriculum Mtg.
6:30PM - Board Mtg.

18, Tuesday
7PM - Girls Volleyball @ Hillsboro
5 & 7PM -- Driftless United Futbol Community Classic

19, Wednesday
7PM - Parent Mtg.

20, Thursday
3:10PM -- Admin Mtg: Indy Study Proposals due for Nov. 7 Block

21, Friday
6:30PM - Harvest Challenge Dinner @ Viroqua Area Schools

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

Hot Lunch Menu
Mon, 10/17 -
Pasta Marinara
Tues, 10/18 -
Wed, 10/19 -
Stew & Cornbread
Thur, 10/20-
Asian Noodles

Link to:

for Parents, Students and Faculty only for weekly/final student reports.

2011-12 Schedules

October 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

Driftless Folk School

Essential Skills Outdoor School

City of Viroqua

Driftless United Athletics

Viroqua Area Hockey Association


Other Interesting Links

The Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter

The Story of Stuff Project

The Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Presencing Institute

14 October 2011

Photos from YIHS Sewing Survival Class

Tipi Raffle
A short story of women building community. 
Once there were two baskets,
a pair of snowshoes,
and a tipi.

Local artisans made (most of) these items and then lovingly donated them to YIHS, whose parents cared for them, carted them around the community and sold tickets to win them.

YIHS parent Faith Anacker, a kind and humble woman, bought many, many tickets, hoping to win the tipi and invite women to share it with her in a special place on her land. Her enthusiasm inspired the women around her and we kept our fingers crossed.

Liz Cifani, a professional musician from Chicago with a summer home in the Kickapoo Valley, bought a raffle ticket to support the school.  She really didn't think she would win, and she didn't really need a tipi.

Well, last weekend the winning tickets were drawn at the Harvest Parade, and guess what?
Faith Won! -- a basket, and, Liz Won! -- the tipi!
When we called to tell Liz what she had won, she offered to donate the tipi back to the school. But we had a better idea.  We asked if she would be willing to exchange the tipi for a basket, and she was absolutely thrilled with the idea.  Liz and Faith have gone on to talk on the phone, and Liz is excited to know a new person in the area. She and Faith have decided to share the tipi, and to make it available to the community through a variety of ways.

Now that's community building!
The end.

Congratulations to our official raffle winners:
Faith Anaker: An Amish-crafted basket
Bean and Matt Voz: A basket donated by Springfed Organics
Chris Jackson: A pair of snowshoes donated by John Sherwin
Liz Cifani: Tipi made by Raelene Roberts

And thanks to everyone who made this possible!

completes the regular season at 3-8!!

The regular season finished this week for the YIHS Girls Volleyball team. Their overall season record is 3-8. On Tuesday evening, they played in a Triangular where they were victorious over both opponents! The fan support from our student body, parents and extended community was fantastic!

The WIAA playoff games start next week and our girls will be traveling to Hillsboro to take on the #1 seed Hillsboro team (20-1)! The game time is at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 18th. Please come and cheer on our squad of committed and enthusiastic young women. They have been working hard all season and this will be the night that they will "leave it all on the floor!"

~ Coach Paula Grenier

YIHS Chorus Teacher featured in Concert

Come and hear our own Dodie Whitaker and other talented local musicians Linda Lieb and Vanessa Mills perform at the Westby Coon Prairie Church at 7PM on Sunday October 16. Donations will be appreciated.

YIHS Handbooks are available at school
If you did not pick up one at the All School Meeting, please stop by and get yours.
Parent Meeting, Wednesday, October 19
All parents (and exchange student host parents) are welcome at our meeting on Wednesday the 19th at 7PM.

Parent Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
October 26, 27 & 28

This fall, our conferences will be held in an open house format on 10/26, Wednesday, from 1-4PM; on 10/27, Thursday, from 6-9PM, and  on 10/28, Friday, from 9AM - 12PM. We haven't tried this format before, so afterwards let us know what you think.
NOTE: Wednesday, 10/26 will only be a half day of school.

Thank you
- Susan Nesbit, and all parents who have participated in Fundraising efforts so far. Parent Fundraising is well ahead of last year at this time!
- Eddi Nix, for speaking with the 12th Grade Transcendentalism Class, and for donating the book Wild Fruits, by Henry David Thoreau.
- Joe Rising for speaking to the Transcendentalism class.
- Viroqua Food Co-op for donating their 1% Wednesday proceeds in September to YIHS

Empty Bowls Project 2011
Saturday, October 15
4:30 - 7:30PM

Have a bowl of soup tomorrow evening and your purchase will help organizations that work to fight hunger at the same time. Local artists are donating hand made bowls and local restaurants and individuals are donating the soup to put in them. For $20 you can purchase a bowl of soup, and take the bowl home with you. You can also designate which groups you would like your money to support. Stop in at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream for Sale
In the weeks to come, the PRWS 8th grade will be selling regionally produced, super-premium, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream on Fridays in the PRWS gym from 3:00-4:00PM as a fundraiser for their 8th grade class trip.
Single Cones: $1.50
Doubles: $2.50
Pints: $5.50

Please PRE-ORDER PINTS by e-mailing Sheila Sherwin and placing order by Friday at 11:00 AM.  Thank You!

Driftless United Futbol
Community Classic
Tuesday, October 18

Mark your calendars for the Driftless United Futbol Community Classic! An exhibition soccer match to support Driftless United Athletics will happen Tuesday, October 18th under the lights at the Viroqua High School Football Field!
Games at 5:00 and 7:00PM

This soccer extravaganza features two games, the first between Driftless United's own Middle School and Junior Varsity teams. In the second game the Driftless United Varsity will take on the Viroqua Community All-Stars, a hand-picked team of local athletes including:
Dr. Paul Bergquist- VMH Complimentary Medicine, former Driftless United parent
Cameron Genter- Prairie Roots Farm,  MOSA
Tim Gaskell- Vernon County District Attorney
Kyle Hall- Viroqua HS boy's hockey coach, Hall Realty
Kait Keeley- Bluedog Cycles
Kelsey Sauber Olds, Hadley Hodges, and Mitch Hopkins- Driftless United Futbol Coaches
Rice Spann- Kickapoo Homeschool Co-op
Adrian Ugo- Viroqua HS track coach
Cecil Wright- Organic Valley, Driftless United Athletics board of directors
And many many others!!!!

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors, settle into the bleachers and find out if age and life experience can prevail over youthful energy and soccer skill!!!
Full concessions and t-shirts sold.
Admission: $5 adult/$2 12 and under/5 and under-Free

2011 Harvest Challenge Tasting Event
Friday, October 21, 6-8PM
Viroqua High School

Once again this year, YIHS students, under the guidance of teacher Jane Siemon and parent Erin Varney, will enter the Harvest Challenge competition. Teams from area schools will prepare a school lunch using local ingredients and delicious recipes. Stop by the Viroqua High School and taste what might be coming down the cafeteria line at a school near you! Proceeds from this event support the Vernon Area Farm to School Initiative. $10/adult. $3/student.

Farm to Pantry Gleaning Events!
Join with community members and youth to harvest produce at area farms. All the produce is donated to area food pantries and the monthly Community Meal.
October 20th, 1-3PM - car pool from the Blue Dog Cycles parking lot
October 25th, 3:30-5:30PM - car pool from Landmark Center (Court St. side)
November 1st, 1-3PM - car pool from the Blue Dog Cycles parking lot.
More gleaning in November!

Email or call Nicole to or 637-3615

National Geographic offers
Summer Program Scholarships

The National Geographic Student Expeditions Scholarship Program provides financial support to high school students who are seeking educational summer experiences they otherwise could not afford. The program seeks to provide opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds and to enhance the group dynamic and learning opportunities for everyone involved.

The scholarship program generally considers students eligible if their parents' combined income is less than $50,000 and they have few other assets. International students are welcome to apply. Deadline: March 1, 2012. Follow the link above to apply.

Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
Call for Entries

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers invites creative teens in grades 7-12 to submit work in twenty-eight categories of art and writing, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction.

Student submissions are judged on the regional level by the alliance's affiliates, with the top winning works then presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive the highest honors. Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded with Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs. The alliance will offer more than $270,000 in direct scholarships and awards this year. High school senior award winners are also eligible for nearly $4 million in scholarships through a network of more than sixty colleges and universities.

To be eligible, students must be in grades 7-12 in a public, private, parochial, home-school, or out of school program in the U.S. or Canada, or in an American school abroad.

Deadlines for submitting work vary by region and generally range from December 15, 2011, through January 15, 2012. Click on the link above to apply.

Driftless Folk School Classes

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

Saturday, October 15:
-Do It Yourself Solar Hot Water with Jon Passi
-Portable Sawmilling with William Lasko

Saturday, October 22:
-Farmstead Dairy with Cameron Genter and Daphne Kingsley
-Do It Yourself Photovoltaics with Jon Passi
-The Coop with Dan Johnson

Monday, Oct. 24 – Nov. 4
Scandinavian Log Sauna with William Lasko (Begins)

Saturday, Oct. 29
-Draft Horse Basics with Robert Schulz

Newsletter from AWSNA
Inform is a publication sent by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) to all the affiliated Waldorf schools in its membership to keep parents, teachers, board members, alumni, and all those interested in Waldorf Education informed of the current events affecting Waldorf schools nationally and internationally. View the current issue of Inform here.

WDRT RADIO w/ Philothea Bezin

Saturday, October 15th from 10-11:00AM
Check out this week's feature: the Harvest Challenge Tasting Event, Vernon County Farm to School competition.
Philothea will speak with Monique Hooker, chef mentor, and students involved in this year's competition.
Listen in and then join us at the Harvest Challenge Tasting Event, October 21st 5:00-8:00 pm at Viroqua High School.

Great Big Stuff Sale
The Turino's Laughing Springs Farm is the site of a great sale this weekend. Antiques, Furniture, Vintage goods, clothes, etc! Fri, 10/14, 8AM - 5PM; Sat, 10/15, 8AM - 12PM. E8097 Maple Dale Rd.

Booksigning at Bramble Books
Tuesday 10/18, 7PM

David Kennedy will be signing copies of The Waldorf Book of Poetry, his compilation of modern and classic poems that support the Waldorf curriculum.

Compassionate Communication Workshop
Saturday, November 5
Tired of miscommunication and tension at home and at work? Three Rivers Waldorf School is sponsoring a workshop led by Wade Britzius on Saturday, November 5, 9AM - 4PM. $20 - $60 contribution requested. Call 608-781-4533 or 608-484-2250 to register. Three Rivers Waldorf School is located at 901 Caledonia St., LaCrosse.
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