Our Staff

Brittany Olival

Ms. Olival is a Mountain View native that attended Catholic schools within our Diocese. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Humanities for Teaching from Seattle University, with minors in English, History, and Catholic Studies. She later received a teaching credential and Masters in Teaching from Santa Clara University. She enjoys reading in her spare time, has too many favorite movies to name, and dabbles in crafting.
This is her fourth year here at SJMV and she is excited to be working with the 5th through 8th-grade classes in the new year!

 

Curriculum

 

5th Grade ELA

  • The curriculum follows the California Common Core State Standards
  • Novels: “Wonder,” “Blood on the River,” and “Holes.”
  • Various short stories included throughout the year
  • Work in grammar, vocabulary, speaking and listening.
  • Writing: expository, narrative, and creative.
  • Cross-curricular discussions.
  • Blended learning apps on iPads

 

8th Grade ELA

  • The curriculum follows the California Common Core State Standards.
  • Novels: “Of Mice and Men,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “Chains.”
  • Various short stories included throughout the year.
  • Work in grammar, vocabulary, speaking and listening.
  • Writing: expository, narrative, research, and creative.
  • Cross-curricular discussions with history about the Revolutionary War and other periods present in our novels.
  • Blended learning apps on iPads.
  • Guidance with the high school application process.

 

8th Grade Religion

  • Curriculum structured to target standards set by the Diocese of San Jose
  • Church History and character education.
  • Projects including: looking up Martyrs, researching and presenting different Religious communities, and more.
  • Student reflection through personal expression.
  • Sacramental preparation for Confirmation every other year. 2019-2020 is a Confirmation year.
  • Masses and prayer services.
  • Service hours: 25 in total. 5 or more of these hours must be served in the greater community.
  • The curriculum includes Family Life.
Email: bolival@sjmv.org