My name is Laurie Hurshman, and I am very glad to be teaching at Sierra School, as I love the small class sizes and the emphasis on mastery and differentiation.

Mrs. Mishra is our classroom aide, and she is highly involved in the students’ day-to-day activities.

Math: Students take a math pre-test at the beginning of the year to determine their placement in math.

I earned my BA in Psychology from Williams College, and my MAT in Elementary Education from Western Governors University, which allowed me to receive a California teaching credential.

She spends time with the students working one-on-one with them and assisting them in group work activities. We are so thankful to have Mrs. Mishra in the classroom!
Writing: Students work through the writing process on particular kinds of writing, such as persuasive arguments, narratives, and informational text.
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4th & 5th Grade: Mrs. Eagleson


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My name is Gina Eagleson, and I am very glad to be teaching at Sierra School.  This is my 6th year here and I've enjoyed every minute.  I grew up in Sunnyvale and  am so happy I was able to come back to the area after graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  I am married with two children who keep my running around the Bay Area with their activities, but I wouldn't have it any other way.    


What do we do in the 4/5 classroom?

Math: Students take a math pre-test at the beginning of the year to determine their placement in math.  Every day, students in these groups are taught a new lesson from the textbook. When they finish their work early, they can either work on anchor, extension, or enrichment activities.  

Reading: This year in reading we will have class reads as well as individual books the students will read and present to the class.  With all literature, students will focus on key reading skills to align with Common Core standards, such as summarizing a text and identifying themes. 


Writing: Students work through the writing process on particular kinds of writing, such as persuasive arguments, narratives, and informational text. In accordance with Common Core state standards, students have both long-term writing assignments and "quick write" opportunities, which emphasize different skills. For long-term assignments, students are taken through the writing stages of research or brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.


Social Studies: Students learn about historical people and events. Part of this is accomplished through the textbook, but this is supplemented by other resources such as documentary video. Fourth grade focuses on California history, while fifth grade focuses on the history of the United States as a whole. Emphasis is on critical thinking, understanding the forces that shape history, and thinking about the motivations and experiences of people as they shaped and were shaped by the circumstances of their time and place. In this way, students should be able to see how the past relates to the present, building a foundation which will allow them to learn lessons from history and avoid repeating its mistakes.

Science: Students learn both through direct instruction and through doing labs that help them to see facts and concepts for themselves.  Emphasis is on understanding concepts, particularly those highlighted for each grade in the Next Generation Science Standards, rather than on memorization of facts and details. 


What Field Trips Are We Going on This Year?

Mission San Juan Bautista, Pumpkin Patch, Giving Tuesday Community Service Field Trip, Guadalupe River Nature Conservancy ,History San Jose, CMT Theatre production of Shrek

Please feel free to contact Mrs.Eagleson at geagleson@sierraschool.com or by calling 408-247-4740.

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