Elective Pathways-

LeyVa Middle School has two instructional choices – Bulldog Tech and now introducing Bulldog Pathways. A highlight of the Bulldog Pathways model is an extensive variety of linked elective pathways. The pathway allows students to go deeper into the content to enact a passion for learning and build upon each individual's strengths. It’s also a chance to try something new. Pathways are linked semester courses where students stay together for their electives in a cohort for the school year.

Please note: some pathways are by recommendation or are required based on performance or language proficiency.

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Media Arts
Current Events in Multimedia
Film Study

Musical Arts: Motion and Sound Science, Percussion Ensemble Logos

Musical Arts
Motion and Sound Science
Percussion Ensemble

S.T.E.M.: Computer Sciences Discoveries, Science in Action Logos

Science in Action Computer Science Discoveries

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Future Leaders
Leadership and Teacher/ Office Aid
*by recommendation only

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Instrumental Music
Concert Band

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Middle School Pathways
Required Course
All 7th Graders

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Language Development
Designated English
Language Development
*placement based on language proficiency level

Pathway Descriptions

STEM Pathway (Science Technology Engineering Math)

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Science in Action

By using California’s Middle Schools Next Generation Science Standards, you will experience multi-dimensional learning. A focus will be the Science and Engineering Practices (SEP’s).

You will use design thinking and 21st Century Skills such as self direction, productivity, perseverance, viewing failure as an opportunity to learn, and using science/technology/engineering to apply hands-on learning with real-world tools in a creative space where you are free to invent! You will also use critical thinking, inquiry & problem solving, and creativity through imagination and innovation

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Computer Science Discoveries

Develop foundational concepts and skills in computer science. You will learn how a computer works and consider how people use computers to solve problems. We will explore how to create your own technology that solves real-world problems that affect you. Build an understanding of computing concepts using both unplugged and plugged-in activities.

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Media Arts Pathway

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Current Events in Multimedia

Current Events in a Multimedia World is a hands-on elective that gives you the opportunity to explore how multimedia applications are used in the real world. Study how technology and the Internet have changed the way that people share information and ideas while analyze contemporary problems resulting from these changes and collaborate to find solutions to these problems and share their ideas using 21st century technology skills.

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Film Study

Through the study and viewing of various genres of film, including musical, comedy, war film, documentary and drama, students will understand and analyze the many elements of creating a motion picture. This course will help students develop the ability to critically view genre pieces, and ultimately appreciate the art of filmmaking.

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Instrumental Music Pathway

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Concert Band

Symphonic Band is LeyVa’s woodwind, brass, and percussion performing ensemble. Develop a refined ability of their instruments based on a rigorous curriculum designed to hone performance skills. Through active participation in concerts, school functions, and various exciting activities, you can expect intensive training on your band instrument. There is no experience needed to take this course. Rental of an instrument is recommended. Select school instruments are available.

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Musical Arts Pathway

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Percussion Ensemble

Percussion ensemble encompasses a three-pronged approach to music. First, learn how to read music and develop beginning level technique on snare drum. Next, learn and perform in a STOMP ensemble. Typically, the ensemble is composed by the director. This is a great chance to perform in public! Lastly, focus earlier techniques and apply to traditional technique. There is no music experience necessary.

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Motion and Sound Science

Experience 3 dimensional learning within our Science of Motion and Sound class. Students will apply hands-on learning in exploring various movement activities such as dance (hula and hip hop), musical instruments (ukulele), experiments (light, microscope), and other activities. Students will use 21st Century Skills such as creativity, collaboration, communication, flexibility, leadership, initiative, productivity, and social skills for deeper learning.

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Future Leaders Pathway

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Do you have what it takes to be a leader? Do you enjoy participating in school activities? Do you have school spirit? Do you want a voice in school decisions? If so, this is the class for you! Leadership is designed for students who want to organize and plan school activities such as dances, special assemblies, school-wide fundraisers, and athletic events. You will be required to work before school, during lunch, and after school. The goal of this class is for students to develop a vision and motivate other students to achieve the common goal of creating a better school culture and environment. In addition, you will have a lot of fun creating lasting memories and friendships. Be a part of keeping the spirit alive at LeyVa! Become a leader! Parent/guardian approval and a recommendation from a staff member.

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Teacher/Office Aid

Improve reading, writing and numeracy skills, and effective communication skills; increase the ability to build good relationships with other peers and staff; and develop excellent organizational skills, flexibility, and creativity.

Students enrolled in the Future Leader Pathway, will have one semester of Leadership and one semester as a Teacher’s Aide or Office Aide. Assistant Principals will assign positions. Recommendation REQUIRED.

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Language Development Pathway *placement based on language proficiency level

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Designated English Language Development

English Language Learner (ELL) students receive rigorous instruction in all aspects of English. Formal diagnostic tools are used to measure student strengths, weaknesses, and most importantly progress. Five specific English linguistic skills are addressed: grammar, writing, reading, vocabulary, and oral expression. Within these categories instruction is also given in the sub-groups of literature, reading comprehension, usage, American idioms, and syntax. Additionally, informal instruction and assessments are made in conversation and pronunciation. The goal for each student is to make rapid English language acquisition possible through intensified direct instruction of grammar rules, vocabulary in context, and literary analysis. Students also have ample opportunities to establish and improve their writing skills while completing summary, persuasive, narrative, and response-to-literature essay assignments.

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LeyVa Middle School

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  • San Jose, CA 95122-1505
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  • Phone: 408-270-4992
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