Elementary

Grades Kindergarten-5th

Grand View Christian School is pleased to partner with parents who desire a faith based biblical world view education for their child.  These are the years of development that begin to structure a foundation for future learning and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Grades kindergarten through 5th Grade curriculum focuses on the fundamental learning essentials in the core academic disciplines.  The curriculum is designed with predominately faith based curriculum resources.  Biblical integration is included in all instruction.  The elementary curriculum includes:

  • Bible and Weekly Chapel
  • Reading (Phonetic)
  • Language Arts: Grammar, Writing, Spelling, Speaking, Listening
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Health
  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Technology: Keyboarding, Coding,  K-1st grade have technology centers, 2nd-5th grade have 1:1 laptops
  • Library
  • Beginning Band and Elementary Band

All teachers are licensed by the Iowa Department of Education and are skilled in Biblical integration.  Kindergarten through 5th grade is an accredited nonpublic private elementary school program through the Iowa Department of Education.

Literacy assessments are conducted 3 times a year to monitor reading skills and comprehension.  Iowa Assessments are administered for annual grade level achievement.  Parent Conferences are available bi-annually and as needed.  Special Services are available to GVCS through Heartland AEA for screenings in speech, hearing, or other areas of development.

All elementary classes have enrichment activities that include field trips, visiting class speakers, Christian service projects, seasonal celebrations, and fine arts performances.

An After Care Program is available on school days until 5:30 for students in preschool-5th grade.

“Developing Life Long Learners and Growing in Jesus”

Kate Hydorn
2nd Grade Teacher

Name: 

Kate Hydron

Your position:

2nd Grade Teacher

Testimony of salvation:

I grew up going to church every Sunday, however I did not understand the need for a personal relationship with Christ. In my senior year of high school, I was asked the question, "If you died tonight, do you know for sure if you would go to heaven?" I knew I couldn't answer that question with certainty. I always went back to my works. Did my good works outweigh my bad ones? God was working on me, and in my freshman year at UNI, he placed me in a hall with many Christians, including my roommate. It was early that year that I realized my need for a personal relationship with the Lord, and gave my life to Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 became very real to me, and I am eternally thankful for His grace and mercy!

Church:

Grace Church

Areas where you serve in your church:

My husband is an elder in the church ad we also work with our senior high ministry as youth sponsors. We are also substitute small group leaders. 

College/Degree: 

BS- Elementary Education, University of Northern Iowa

Endorsements: 

K-8 Learning Disabilities Endorsement

Family:

I have been married to my husband,Gary, for 24 years. We have two sons. My son Bradley (21) and his wife Elizabeth live in Florida and Brennan is 17 and a junior at GVCS.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not teaching?

I enjoy reading, traveling, and watching baseball. One of my bucket list items is to go to all the major league ballparks, however I am a faithful fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates. I am also, by some, considered a crazy cat lady. I have two cats of my own, and we foster one from the ARL. I adore my furbabies! I have always wanted to be a teacher, however if I couldn't do that, I would love to work with animals in some form. 

How long have you been in your job at Grand View?

I began my teaching career at Grandview Park Baptist School in 1996 and taught for seven years before I decided to be a stay-at-home mom. During my time at GVPB, I taught 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades.   While  I was home raising my boys, I continued to stay involved in education in a variety of ways. I ran a tutoring business out of my home, was a supervising teacher for homeschool families, was a substitute teacher in our local public school, and worked as a children's ministry assistant for three years at Grace Church, where we worship. 

After my oldest son graduated high school, I was itching to get back into the classroom. Before returning to Grand View, I taught for two years at Ankeny Christian Academy. 

Twenty years ago I began my teaching career at GVPB School, and coming back feels a bit like coming "home." It is so wonderful to see so many familiar faces, and  I can't wait to meet many new ones, including the precious little ones I get to spend my year with!

 

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