Our Staff

Brittany Olival

Ms. Olival is a Mountain View native and attended elementary and high school in the Diocese of San Jose. During her high school years, she developed a love of tutoring and helping others. That evolved into a goal of one day becoming a teacher. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Humanities for Teaching from Seattle University with minors in English, History, and Catholic Studies. During her time at Seattle University, she worked with various age groups in public schools and after school programs. In 2016 she received a Secondary Teaching Credential (in English) and a Masters in Teaching from Santa Clara University. This year, she has been working hard to complete coursework to obtain an authorization to teach Social Studies. She enjoys reading in her spare time, has too many favorite movies to name, and dabbles in crafting. This is her fifth year here at SJMV, and she is excited to be working with the middle school 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