Meet the Teachers

Phone: (805) 495-5550 x 205


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Rose Crystal

Room 5

My many interests include reading, scrapbooking, shopping, planning/journaling, camping, traveling, and spending time with my family.

Phone: (805) 495-5550 x 210


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Julia Penaflor

Room 10

In my free time, I enjoy reading, working on puzzles, spending time with my family, and watching my kids play baseball.

Classroom Wishlist

  • Kleenex
    Paper Towels
    Cleaning Wipes
    Baby Wipes
    Copy Paper-white, colored and cardstock
    Dry Erase Markers

All About: 1st Grade

      1st Grade - The SEM Way

      • English Language Arts

        • Daily 5- individualized reading and writing instruction based on student’s academic goals
        • Differentiated book bags based on students’ reading abilities and interests


        • Differentiated Math Groups
        • Hands-on lessons and games
        • Differentiated online math programs to target student needs
        • Enrichment opportunities with credentialed Teacher On Special Assignment for students who have mastered current standards


        • Interactive Science Journals to promote an inquiry-based science experience
        • Science-based STEM activities
        • Engaging hands-on science experiments

        Social Studies

        • The use of Google Earth and other online resources to create a real life experience where students explore new places, their geography, cultures, and traditions
        • Students read and research the different American symbols

      Enrichment & Homework Ideas

      • Read 20 minutes each night

        Pursue your passions (for example: cooking, art, dancing, sports) and personal academic goals daily

        Monthly enrichment opportunities to dig deeper with the curriculum

        Questions are posed for students to explore and self discover more about topics learned in class.

        Passion Museum: Students share their findings from their personal and academic goals as well as enrichment opportunities on a weekly basis. 

      Field Trips, Speakers, & Project Highlights

      • For the Troops: Students gather donations and write letters for the military that are stationed abroad

        Moorpark Zoo: Students learn more about the different animals including their adaptations and habitats

        Guest Speaker- Band Director to give a lesson on sound and vibrations

        American Symbols Performance: Students learn about each symbol, create a scrapbook about the information they have learned, and then develop student driven performance from that information

        Virtual Field Trips: Taken regularly throughout the year to explore new topics

        SeeSaw: Electronic student created portfolio where parents can access their child’s work and comment and share  

        Character building: activities including, books, mindfulness activities, and discussions,  throughout the year, to develop and encourage positive character traits  (kindness, team building, grit)