Recognition and Achievements

Student of the Month

Student of the Month logo
Congratulations to our
February 2018 Students of the Month


Lower Grade

Kindergarten

Marcelina K.
Yvy N.
Ariana H.

First Grade

Kalin G.
Thyanna N.
Jayden P.
Alex G.

Second Grade

Krithik C.
Sophie P.
Max D.
Mihika P.

Third Grade

Laney L.
Alexsys F.
Katelyn N.

Upper Grade

Fourth Grade

Alexia O.
Natalie S.
Mia C.

Fifth Grade

Sanjana V.
Jaslyn G.
Romir B.

Sixth Grade

Tyler C.
Hailey N.
Akhil A.


Battle of the Books Champions

Silver Oak Battle of the Books
FALL 2017

Battle of the Books at Silver Oak is a reading incentive program for students in 3rd through 6th grades. There are two competitions... Grades 3/4 teams and Grades 5/6 teams. The Battle of the Books contests, consisting of quiz show format questions about books, are moderated by Principal Greenfield.

The winner of the Grade 3/4 competition was The Rebel Readers. The winner of the Grade 5/6 competition was the Condors. All of the winners did an amazing job of reading and absorbing information from the selected books. Members of the winning teams each received an award certificate as well as a gift card to Barnes and Noble. Even more important, they had a chance to immerse themselves in some wonderful books. We wish all of the Battle of the Books participants happy reading in the future, and thank them for their enthusiasm for books. Special thanks also go to America's Battle of the Books for providing the book lists and quiz questions, to school librarian, Mrs. Hokanson, for ensuring that contest books were available at Silver Oak, to the PTO for funding the program, and to Principal Greenfield for moderating the contest.

 5th/6th contestant sitting at the table
5/6 Grade Winners - The Condors


3/4 grade winners with Prinipal Howard Greenfield
3/4 Grade Winners - The Rebel Readers


We’d like to recognize all who participated in this year’s Battle of the Books, and showed us how fun reading can be!

Math Kangaroo Results

On March 16, 2017, 70 out of 77 registered students from Silver Oak took the Math Kangaroo test. Over the course of 75 minutes, the students in grades 1 through 4 solved 24 questions, while those in grades 5 and 6 solved 30 questions. The questions were increasing in difficulty and the last few were very challenging for the grade levels. Questions are in a puzzle-like format and challenge students’ logical and analytical skills.

Congratulations to all the Math Kangaroo students for taking on the test challenge, for working hard and for earning good scores. You make us proud!

Thirteen students from Silver Oak have made it to the National merit list. Linus T. (Grade 5) and Kyra C. (Grade 4) scored full marks with all answers correct and have a National and California first rank!


Name

Grade

Score
National
Ranking
State
Ranking
Tanisha B. 1 70/96 17th -
William W.
Parsa A.
2
2
79/96
78/96
15th
16th
-
-
Suhani G.
Diya V.
3
3
91/96
78/96
4th
16th
-
-
Kyra C.
Aaditya B.
Matthew C.
Molly K.
4
4
4
4
96/96
87/96
86/96
82/96
1st
8th
9th
13th
1st
-
-
-
Linus T.
Ethan L.
5
5
120/120
110/120
1st
7th
1st
-
Saurish S.
Soham B.
6
6
115/120
102/120
4th
15th
-
-


Science Fair


During the 3rd Annual STEAM Night/Maker Faire classroom Science Fair projects selected to go to the District Science Fair were on display in the multipurpose room. The second grade and Mrs. Ferguson's class displayed their community projects. The winners of the individual grade projects displayed and explained their theories and findings before heading to the District event on March 15, 2018. This year's Silver Oak winners are:

StudentsProjectGrade
Lucas P.
Which shape is the strongest?1st
Matthew F.Which shape is the strongest?1st
Mia D.Which shape is the strongest?1st
Michelle L.The importance of choosing our drinks and brushing our teeth3rd
Sophia W.Citrus Power3rd
Gabriela S.
Diya V.
Eesha B.
The Boat Geniuses4th
Melissa M.
Spencer W.
Float a Boat4th
Luke B.The night bike sensor (NBS)4th
Melanie P.Where does the dirt go?5th
Matthew S.There's no "Eye" in Human
5th
Sanjala V.Predicting the Weather with a self-made barometer5th
Kiara R.
Anton L.
Michael L.
Triangle Pulley6th
Ethan K.
Ryan S.
Lauren C.
Triangle Pulley6th

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee Logo

Picture of top three Silver Oak spellers

Huge thank you to our wonderful pronouncer Mr. Hunter Elkins and our judges,
Ms. Clemmensen and Ms. Andrea Gibson for moderating and judging the event.

Silver Oak held its 12th annual Spelling Bee competition on January 18, 2018. The multipurpose room was abuzz with 23 fantastic spellers and their families. Special congratulations to these top 3 spellers!!!

1st Place: Rishik G. (6th, Mr. Mahr)
2nd Place: Phuong H. (6th, Ms. Neil)
3rd Place: Leka E.. (6th, Ms. Neil)

The bee lasted for 2 hours and 30 minutes, took 21 rounds to determine the 3 winners. The winning word was "cello". The young orthographers effortlessly tackled difficult words such as "Methuselah", "piece de resistance", "taxidermy", "formaldehyde", "tete-a-tete","connubial", "ichthyosaurus", "vicissitudes","coquelicot","auspices","piteously", "labyrinthine", "stasis", "teak" to list a few.

Congratulations to the following 23 students for a spectacular showing.

Grade 4
Mia.C
Samaarah.S
Hoai-Trang.H
Alec.T
Diya.V

Grade 5:
Aaditya.B
Jackie.L
Tanuj.N
Deshna.S

Grade 6:
Mehul.A
Siddharth.C
Kailie.D
Leka.E
Rishik.G
Hoai-Phuong.H
Katie.L
Ethan.L
Audrey.N
Ava.R
Matthew.S
Aagam.S
Linus.T
Joshua.W

Rishik.G will represent Silver Oak Elementary in the written phase of the CBS Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee on February 10 at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley.


Rishik G. Takes First Place
at 2018 District Spelling Bee

January 16, 2018 --- Silver Oak 6th graders, Rishik G. and Aagam S. represented our school at the District Spelling Bee on Tuesday, January 16. Drum roll please...and for the second consecutive year, Rishik placed 1st and will represent our District at the Santa Clara County Spelling Bee on February 3. "Etymology" and "facetious" were Rishik's two words leading to his first place win. Aagam spelled his way into the top 10 in the district. A big round of applause and congratulations to both boys on their outstanding efforts Tuesday night.

Fitness Run Winners

Fall 2017 Fitness Run

MEDAL WINNERS:

BOY (LAPS)

TEACHER

GIRL (LAPS)

TEACHER

KINDERGARTEN

SUMAI (6)

Nissen

ANGELIYAH G. (6)

Ferguson

KINDERGARTEN

JUDE R. (6)

Ferguson

AMY G. (6)

Ferguson

KINDERGARTEN

SUBIR P. (6)

Ferguson

ARIANA (6)

Trusso

KINDERGARTEN

ETHAN P. (6)

Trusso



KINDER TEACHER



MS. NISSEN (4)


FIRST GRADE

GAVIN (8)

Murnin

KAYA (7)

Noteware

FIRST GRADE

KABIR (8)

?

HALLE (7)

Noteware

FIRST GRADE

DHRUV (8)

Noteware

SANYA K. (7)

Roberts

FIRST GRADE

ALEX G. (8)

Roberts



FIRST GRADE TEACHER



MS. MURNIN (4)


SECOND GRADE

CALLEN T. (9)

Weber

SOPHIE (8)

Weber

SECOND GRADE



MYRA (8)

Brown

SECOND GRADE TEACHER



MS. WEBER (6)


THIRD GRADE

BOSTON (12)

Brown

NADEZDA L. (11)

Richard

THIRD GRADE



CLAIRE B. (11)

Barde

THIRD GRADE TEACHER



MS. BROWN (6)


FOURTH GRADE

JAYDEN L. (15)

Wong

BROOKLYN C. (14)

Wong

FOURTH GRADE

MOISES (15)

Wong



FOURTH GRADE TEACHER



MS. FONG (12)


FIFTH GRADE

ROMIR B. (15)

Tibbens

GRACE M. (14)

Tibbens

FIFTH GRADE

ETHAN M. (15)

Giacomini



FIFTH GRADE

TANUJ N. (15)

Laraway



FIFTH GRADE

ANDREI N. (15)

Tibbens



FIFTH GRADE

LOUIS B. (15)

Laraway



SIXTH GRADE

OWEN W. (17)

Hoshino

LAUREN C. (16)

Neil












OVERALL WINNER:


ENDURANCE WINNER:



OWEN W. (17 laps), 6th grade


MR. GREENFIELD



Math Olympiad Results

Math Olympiad

The annual Math Olympiad competition consists of five tests administered at schools around the world once per month from November through March. The Math Olympiad competition is geared toward stimulating enthusiasm and a love for mathematics and is open to students in grades 4 through 6. Practice sessions focus on mathematical concepts, problem solving skills, and fostering mathematical creativity and ingenuity.

2016-2017 Individual Results

This year, two students tied for the highest Individual score. Ethan L. and Linus T., both scored 24 out of a possible 25 points over the entire competition. They both will receive a "Highest Individual Scorer" trophy. Congratulations to both Ethan and Linus for a job well done.

2016-2017 Team Results

The team score is calculated by summing the top 10 highest scores from all team members. Our Silver Oak team scored 196 points.

Students with Top 10 Highest Scores

Grade Student Score
5
Ethan L. 24
5 Linus T. 24
5 Joshua W. 22
6 Elizabeth L. 20
5 Wesley S. 20
4 Matthew C. 19
6 Saurish S. 19
5 Anton L. 17
5 Rishik G. 16
4 Kyra C. 15
5 Ruthvik S. 15
6 Soham B. 15


Congratulation to all the kids who participated in Math Olympiad this year. Everyone worked hard attending early morning coaching sessions, put in extra hours of studying at home, and strived for accuracy during the contests.


Honor Roll

Honor Roll
Roll is a special accommodation awarded to students who reach certain academic goals throughout the year. You must be in grades 4-6 to be eligible for the program. Gold Honor Roll is awarded to students who receive all A's on their report card and demonstrate satisfactory citizenship (no N's or U's). Silver Honor Roll is awarded to students who receive all A's & B's on their report card and no N's or U's. Report cards are given out each trimester, so students have three opportunities over the course of the school year to reach Honor Roll.

Birthday Book Club

Silver Oak Birthday Book Club Logo

2017-2018

Each month 1st - 6th grade students choose books to be donated to their classroom or school library in honor of their birthdays. Each month, we recognize their donations by posting their names (and birthday months) here.

APRIL BIRTHDAY BOOK DONORS:

January Birthdays

Alexia O.

February Birthdays

Armani L.
Arthur N.
Diya V.
Roman K.
Supriya B.

March Birthdays

Hoai-Trang H.
Siena M.

April Birthdays

Amber C.
Ana Lucia P.
Boden M.
Callen T.
Chenhe G.
Deshna S.
Devarsh S.
Eliana C.
Gabriel T.
Jayden L.
Madilyn M.
Matthew C.
Mehul A.
Mia D.
Michelle L.
Natalie P.
Natalie S.
Nell T.
Sophia D.
Sumedh K.

May BirthdaysAbigail D.
Alex C.
Ashley H.
Ean H.
Elizabeth H.
Hoai-Phuong H.
Jennifer K.
Julia L.
Kaivalya S.
Kanlaya T.
Karen Y.
Kayli A.
Lillian L.
Madeline T.
Matteo A.
Priyanka K.
June BirthdaysSiyona L.

Stacked books

mathleague.org

Silver Oak Students Take Part in mathleague.org Contests and Earn Top Scores!

Ethan L. and Linus T.

Every year, mathleague.org organizes math contests all over the nation for elementary, middle, and high school students. In each contest, students have to solve math problems in several contest formats that challenge them not only on their math concepts but also on their speed and ability to work in a team.

In January 2017, 22 Silver Oak upper grade students took the mathleague.org in-school round of tests. All 22 students qualified for the State Championship – what a fantastic accomplishment!

We are extremely proud of them for their achievements in these contests. To date the following contests have taken place:

October 22, 2016 @ Harvest Park Middle School
1st Place - Linus T. (5th grade)
7th Place - Ethan L. (5th grade)
5th Place as a Team in Division 6 (Elizabeth L., Ethan L., Linus T., Rishik G.)

December 11, 2016 @ Moraga Intermediate School
1st Place - Linus T. (5th grade)
8th Place - Ethan L. (5th grade)
2nd Place as a Team in Division 6 (Ethan L., Linus T., Matthew C., Rishik G.)

March 5, 2017 @ Argonaut Elementary School
1st Place - Linus T. (5th grade)
7th Place - Ethan L. (5th grade)
8th Place - Matthew C. (4th grade)
2nd Place as a Team in Division 6 (Saurish S., Matthew C., Ethan L., Linus T.)

April 22, 2017 @ Valley Christian High School
1st Place - Linus T. (5th grade)
10th Place - Ethan L. (5th grade)
9th Place - Matthew C. (4th grade)
4th Place as a Team in Division 6 (Ethan L., Linus T., Matthew C., Rishik G.)

April 30, 2017 State Championships @ UC Davis
1st Place - Linus T. (5th grade)
7th Place - Ethan L. (5th grade)
4th Place as a Team in Division 6 (Ethan L., Linus T., Matthew C., Rishik G.)

Congratulations to all the students who participated in mathleague.org this year. We wish Linus T. and Ethan L. well at the National Championships which will be held at Texas A&M University during the summer break.

2017 Walk and Bike to School Week

Gigante the Giants mascot

Walk-and-Bike-to-School Week came to a close Friday, October 6. We had a special visitor Friday morning to welcome students, parents and teachers. "Gigante," the San Jose Giants mascot, was out on the black top high-fiving kids, sliding down the big yellow slide, tossing out autographed baseballs, and having fun. Smiles all around! He even made a special visit to the kindergarten playground. And Friday afternoon, San Jose City Councilwoman for District 8, Sylvia Arenas, joined the #1 top finishing class and presented the Golden Shoe award. Kazandra Manivanh, from New Seasons Market, delivered the goodie bags for each student in the #1 class.

Great Participation School-wide

Participation school-wide for the week was 75.26%. That means 3 out of 4 students walked or biked to school. Great job Silver Oak.

Principal Greenfield announced the final results at the end of the day Friday.

In third place with 91.39% participation...

  • Mrs. Neil's 6th grade class. Great job!

In second place, with 91.94% participation...just a half percent higher than Mrs. Neil's class...

  • Mrs. Barde's 3rd grade class. Super job.

And, in first place, with a 94% participation level, and the winner of the Golden Shoe award, special snacks from the New Seasons Market, and a visit from District 8 City Councilmember Sylvia Arenas.

  • Mrs. Richard's 3rd grade class! That is three #1 finishes in the past four years! Way to go Mrs. Richard!! When Principal Greenfield and Councilwoman Arenas awarded the Golden Shoe award the class was bursting with pride.

Mrs. Richard's third grade class

Mrs. Richard's 3rd grade class awarded the Golden Shoe Award!

Councilwoman Arenas shared, "I am so proud to provide support and be a part of Silver Oak Elementary's Walk-and-Bike-to-School Week! Thank you students and parents for making the effort to get up a little earlier to create healthier habits and safer streets. Let's keep it up!"

Thank you for walking and biking to school and making the week truly joyful. And a special thanks to the more than 60 volunteers who offered their time to stamp hands each morning and distribute the colorful wristbands each day. Thank you to Councilwoman Sylvia Arenas for funding the playful wristbands. Thanks to the New New Seasons logoSeasons Market for providing the snack bags to each student in Mrs. Giants logoRichard's class. Thanks to the San Jose Giants for bringing "Gigante" out to play with us. And lastly, thanks to the PTO for sponsoring this event again this year.

Principal Greenfield reflected, "Walk-and-bike-to-school week was a wonderful success. It was great to see so many parents and student participating. We want to thank everybody for their support."

Congratulations to every student, family, and staff member who participated. Silver Oak, let's keep walking and rolling!


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