5 – Fifth/Sixth Grade (and 7th/8th in 2022)

Note from Sensei:

Aimee Mizuno – I teach at Hall District Elementary in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. I have also taught 3rd grade and reading intervention. I have been with Gakko for over 10 years. I love to read, hang out with my chihuahua, Daisuke, and try new foods. I was born in Iwata, Japan and have experience living in Japan and in the U.S.

Sarah Ringler – I was born in Yakima, Washington, grew up in Bakersfield, California but have spent most of my  life in Santa Cruz. I worked for nearly thirty years for Pajaro Valley Unified School District as a middle school teacher with a short stint in Adult Ed. I’m now retired. I love to cook, write and travel.

Akiko Minami – I am a 6th and 8th grade social studies teacher at E.A. Hall Middle School in Watsonville. This is my first year as a teacher at Gakko, but my two daughters have attended Gakko for years. I was born in Japan, grew up in the Japanese immigrant community in Salinas, and lived in Japan for a number of years after college. I currently live in Santa Cruz. I love to travel, eat ethnic foods, and be in nature.

In the 5th/6th grade class, students will be completing interviews with family members in conjunction with the themes of immigration (in odd years) and World War II incarceration of Japanese and Japanese Americans (in even years).




Please provide snack and water for child daily, or sign-up for and purchase hot lunch. Snacks will also be available for purchase at the Farmer’s Market stand.

Supply List:

  • Colored Pencils
  • Plain Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Pen
  • Watercolor set
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Tape
  • Pencil Box (Labeled with above items in it)

Mon (Japanese Family Crest):

Family History:

  • Please begin to discuss your family’s immigration and/or incarceration history and choose someone to interview about their immigration and/or incarceration experience.
Raffle Basket:
  • Each class is in charge of assembling a gift basket for the raffle during the closing program. The 6th-8th grade basket theme is Nature/Outdoors. Please consider donating items that would make a fun Nature/Outdoors basket!