There’s been a lot going on at Robert Frost School over the past few months. After bringing home a state robotics trophy in programming, pulling off a successful musical production of Annie, and celebrating National Literacy Month, there still seems to be time for more creativity thanks to some extra inspiration from teachers and staff.
At the heart of art
With help from fifth grade teacher Grethel Alden, art is always in the air at Robert Frost School. Alden coordinates the school’s annual community art fair that brings art-lovers from throughout the Silverton Community to enjoy exhibits from local artists and students. Recently, her class won the first place prize in the Dr. Seuss classroom door-decorating contest to celebrate National Literacy Month.
“Mrs. Alden is very artistic and does a great job of sharing her talents,” said Robert Frost Principal Kirstin Jorgenson.
According to Jorgenson, the school’s annual art fair features a project from each classroom and the entire school building becomes a gallery with everything from chalk art to metal sculptures. The students also host the event as docents.
“Eleven years ago, Audrey Delgado and I started talking about how fun it would be to have an art show,” said Alden. “We work like crazy to make it happen, but it’s worth it.”
Bringing chi to P.E.
One of Robert Frost School’s newest teachers, Jake Gerig, has added a creative twist to Physical Education with the addition of yoga and gymnastics.
“Lifetime fitness is my big thing, so I try to expose the kids to as many activities as possible,” said Gerig who joined SFSD from the Greater Albany School District and has already been fundraising to expand programs at Robert Frost School.
Recently, during a yoga class, the kids practiced new poses because Gerig thought a calm day would be a nice change.
“He’s really creative and focuses on lifelong skills vs. competitive sports,” said Jorgenson. “He wants the kids to learn how to be fit and healthy and he’s a grant writing machine to help make that happen.”