All About: 5th Grade

      5th Grade - The SEM Way

      • English Language-Arts

        • Combination of novels and non-fiction texts
        • Focus on writing for authentic audiences
        • Problem solving projects as identified by the learner
        • Create videos or ads for researched information to be shared across grade levels


        • Opportunity to compact into project-based learning type activities to help solve problems in real world situations


        • Monthly at-home STEM challenge
        • Collaborative work
        • Guest speakers
        • Monthly thematic STEM classroom challenges

        Social Studies

        • Encourage research from different points of view regarding the Revolutionary War
        • Presenting areas of research kids complete beyond the classroom in any form they choose...Plays, songs, written work, use of various forms of technology - the possibilities are endless!

      Enrichment & Homework Ideas

        • Homework is flexible and based on student created goals~ do as needed for success!

        • Passion Pursuits ~ pursue passions both academic and personal

        • We encourage research on topics introduced in class that spark interest in our students

        • GOMATH Enrichment and Reteach for those who need it

        • Personal and academic learning goals set each month

        • 30 minutes of reading every night


      • JPL
        Ronald Reagan Library field trip
        Stand Proud - on-site and off-site activities 
        Dr. Matthew (guest speaker)
        We the People
        Excel: (Upper) Passion pursuit fair and community service projects (Lupus, CHLA, homeless shelter,  St Jude’s, Conejo Community Outreach, Trick-or-Treat-Street)

      Classroom Wishlist

        • Clorox Wipes
        • Tissue
        • White copy paper
        • Dry erase markers

      Meet the Teachers

      Phone: (805) 495-5550 x 221


      Degrees and Certifications:

      Mrs. Katie Nystrom

      Room 21

      Enjoys traveling, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and watching my children (and the Kings) play hockey!

      Phone: (805) 495-5550 x 225


      Degrees and Certifications:

      Ms. Emily Manwell

      Room 25

      In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, and participate in photography. I also spend a lot of time with my two horses, dog, cat, and tortoise.