Recognition and Achievements

Student of the Month

Student of the Month logo
Congratulations to our

November 2017 Students of the Month

Lower Grade


Ethan K.
Ethan D.
Amritha S.

First Grade

Rachel C.
Shriva K.
Dhruv R.
Kayla B.

Second Grade

Albert D.
Ailisa H.
Callen T.
Shudhir V.

Third Grade

Sophia W.
Shivane S.
Valerie N.


Upper Grade

Fourth Grade

Zayd Q.
Aadrit T.
Spencer W.

Fifth Grade

Rohan B.
Varsha B.
Cole B.

Sixth Grade

Krish T.
Katherine M.


Battle of the Books Champions

Silver Oak Battle of the Books 2017

Battle of the Books at Silver Oak is a reading incentive program for students in 3rd through 6th grades. This year there were 10 teams for the Grades 3/4 competition and four teams for the Grades 5/6 competition. The Battle of the Books contests, consisting of quiz show format questions about books, were moderated by Principal Greenfield.

The winner of the Grade 3/4 competition was The Spectaculars from Mrs. Ellenberger's class. The winner of the Grade 5/6 competition was the Sparking Narwhals. 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, and to Principal Greenfield for moderating the contest.

Photo of 5-6 Grade BB Winners
5/6 Grade Winners - The Sparking Narwhals

Photo of 3-4 grade BB winners
3/4 Grade Winners - The Spectaculars

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!



Tanisha B. 1 70/96 17th -
William W.
Parsa A.
Suhani G.
Diya V.
Kyra C.
Aaditya B.
Matthew C.
Molly K.
Linus T.
Ethan L.
Saurish S.
Soham B.

Science Fair

2017 District Science Fair Attendees

Photo of Science Fair Attendees

Our students invented, experimented and demonstrated some amazing projects during this year's 2017 Silver Oak Science Fair held the week of February 28. Let's give a BIG round of applause for our 7 students, 6 student teams and their projects that were selected to take part in the Evergreen School District 2017 Science Fair, Thursday, March 16 at Quimby Oak Middle School.

2017 Silver Oak Science Fair
Student Grade
Jalaydan N 1st
Parsa A-T 2nd
Suhani G. 3rd
Medha M. 3rd
Sophia D. 4th
Team 3: Shreya Y., Ava L, Rachel H. 4th
Team 2: Eilayah A., Sanna B. 4th
Olivia R. 5th
Tyler C. 5th
Team 2: Joshua W., Divya V. 5th
Team 4: Chloe H., Katharina G., Ava N., Thalia P. 6th
Team 3: Kelly B., Kaitlyn B., Averie P. 6th
Team 3: Suhani P, Jessica L, Anushka K. 6th

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee Logo

Silver Oak held its 11th annual Spelling bee competition on January 12, 2017. The multipurpose room was abuzz with 23 fantastic spellers and their families.

Special congratulations to these top 3 spellers!!!

1st Place: Rishik G. (5th, Ms. Tibbens)
2nd Place: Phuong H. (5th, Ms. Giacomini)
3rd Place: Akshath M. (6th, Ms. Hoshino)

Photo of Spelling Bee Winners

This year's bee was probably the longest bee in Silver Oak's history. It lasted for 2 hours and 45 minutes, took 21 rounds and 289 words to determine the 3 winners. The winning word was "identical". Spellers tackled easy words such as "mad", "dots", "complaints", "fuddy-duddy", "applause" , "partridge","exquisite","demolish","frustrated","combination", to increasingly difficult words such as "bedraggled", "silhouetted", "phosphine", "malacca", "thaumaturge", "hors de combat", and "a posteriori" to list a few.

Congratulations to all the 23 contestants who gave an amazing and nail biting performance cracking spellings.

Grade 4: Grade 5: Grade 6:
Tanuj N.
Deshna S.

Siddharth C.
Rishik G.
Phuong H.
Thaweb K.
Katie L.
Emily M.
Arjun N.
Audrey N.

Soham B.
Varun B.
Chloe H.
Madison L.
Akshath M.
Catdi N.
Rohan N.
Ananth R.
Anushka R.
Saurish S.
Jenna V.
Ashwath V.
Emily V.

Rishik G. represented Silver Oak Elementary at the CBS Bay Area Regional Spelling Written Bee in March 2017 held at Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley. He placed an impressive 7th place in this regional bee.

Fitness Run Winners

2017 Fitness Run

Kindergarten Boys - 5 laps
Gavin C.
Azal C.
Girls - 5 laps
Sanya K.
Halle V.
Mrs. Nissen - 3 laps
First Boys - 8 laps
Callen T.
Gavin M.
Girls - 7 laps
Alivia C.
Kaitlyn M.
Supriya B.
Vanessa L.
Alexis S.
Second Boys - 9 laps
Boston M.
Julian P.
Shant B.
Girls - 9 laps
Nadezda L.
Mrs. Weber
Third Boys - 11 laps
Mihir M.
Sumukh R.
Girls - 10 laps
Alexandria Z.
Mrs. Brown - 7 laps
Fourth Boys - 12 laps
Tanuj N.
Mason H.
Andre N.
Ethan M.
Girls - 11 laps
Melanie P.
Grace M.
Kyra C.
Ms. Ellenberger - 11 laps
Fifth Boys - 15 laps
Owen W.
Girls - 12 laps
Kiara R.
Sophie B.
Lauren C.
Ms. Giacomini - 5 laps
Sixth Boys - 12 laps
Darren T.
Shiu M.
Anthony K.
Chris L.
Girls - 14 laps
Mary H.
Ms. Alcala - 9 laps
Overall Winner / Most laps Owen W. 15 laps
Endurance Winner Principal 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
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


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

August Birthdays

Anjana B.
Brianna Y.
Brooklynn C.
Cienna B.
Darren K.
Emma R.
Hannah Z.
Julian P.
Kaitlyn Ma.
Kaitlyn Mc.
Lainey T.
Landon H.
Mason H.
Mia C.
Misha K.
Rachel H.
Sanjana V.
Sanya K.
Trisha S.
William K.
Zayd Q.
Ziqing W.
Zoe W. Vivan H.

September Birthdays

Abhinav B.
Anya R.
Brian L.
Dale W.
Danielle M.
Darya A.
Gabrielle H.
Hayden G.
Kaan A.
Kaya T.
Lillian Y.
Michelle L.
Nithya P.
Sahana V.
Sasha L.
Shriya K.
Sophia G.
Timothy Z.

October Birthdays

Aadrit T.

Aarav B.

Aarna P.

Alivia C.

Amanda K.

Annika S.

Connor C.

Erin S.

Joanne H.

Kayla B.

Naina S.

Peyton F.

Sanya G.

Spencer W.

Sudhir V.

November Birthdays

Albert D.

Ayan B.

Azal S.

Claire B.

Eesha B.

Ian H.

Kabir S.

Kayla B.

Laya K.

Lucas P.

Maya S.

Melissa M.

Michelle L.

Romir B.

Sahana M.

Sarah S.

Shivane S.

Soha K.

Sumukh R.

Vedh R.

Venice L.

William W.

Zubin L.

Stacked books

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

Ethan L. and Linus T.

Every year, 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 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 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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