Middle School

Grades 6-7-8

The Middle School years in the life of a student are a unique path of growth and development.  GVCS desires to partner with parents who desire a Christ-centered education for their student. These are important years of discovery of academic potential and developing spiritual discernment for social emotional and cultural choices.

The 6-7-8 grade curriculum solidifies the foundation of the essential skills and concepts in the core academic disciplines.  There is an increased emphasis in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication throughout all curriculums.  The integration of the Biblical World View is a priority as student work moves deeper into investigation, research, and problem solving.  The middle school curriculum includes:

  • Bible and Bi-Weekly Chapels
  • Language Arts: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking
  • Mathematics, Algebra I
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Health
  • Spanish
  • Music
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Technology Infusion in all Academics
  • Careers

All teachers are licensed by the Iowa Department of Education and are skilled in Biblical integration.  The Middle School program is recognized as an accredited nonpublic private school program through the Iowa Department of Education. Iowa Assessments are administered for annual grade level achievement.  Parent Conferences are available bi-annually and as needed and intervention conferences are schedule upon request.

Extra-curricular activities include field trips, fine arts performances, student government, athletics, Christian service projects, Middle School Banquet, Middle School Blast.

“Discovering Self and Defining Self in Jesus”

Correne Chodakowski
Associate/Resource, Tutor

Name:

Correne Chodakowski

Your position:

Associate/Resource, Tutor

Testimony of salvation:

God allowed me to be born into a family with two parents who knew and loved Him.  As a small child, my parents read the Bible to my siblings and me, and my mom would sing us to sleep with songs from the hymn book.  They were faithful in teaching us and in attending a Bible believing church and school.  It wasn't until I was in middle school, though, that I truly understood that my parents' faith and my own "good behavior" would not save me. It is only by the work of God, through Jesus Christ, that my sin could be forgiven and I could be covered in His righteousness. "God is holy.  I am sinful.  Jesus saves.  He is mine by faith."  

Church:

Soteria Des Moines

Areas where you serve in your church:

I serve in the nursery and children's ministry at my church. 

College/Degree:

BA- Bible and Elementary Education, Appalachian Bible College

Family:

My husband Pete and I have 5 children. 

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

I love baking, hiking, reading, road tripping, and relaxing at the ocean.

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

This is my first year as a resource associate at GVCS. Prior to being at GVCS, I served at Fellowship Christian Academy in Massachusetts for 14 years -- 11 years as a teacher, and 3 years as an assistant principal.  

What brought you to GV or why did you decide to work here?

We moved to IA in the summer of 2015.  My sister and brother-in-law (an alumnus of GV) who have their children enrolled here, told me about the school.  After touring the school, we attended the open house, where we met some of the teachers, I was instantly impressed by their love for God and their love for students.  I knew after this night, Grand View was the place for us!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Working one-on-one with students; helping elementary teachers

What is your guilty pleasure?

I love concrete mixers from Culvers.

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Teacher Profiles
Stephanie Caples
EL/MS/HS Teacher, Art
Correne Chodakowski
Associate/Resource, Tutor
Caleb Eloe
Middle School Teacher
Al Fincham
Middle School Teacher
Iuliana Hoben
Middle School Teacher
Geoff Lane
Middle School Teacher, Middle School Coordinator
Mark Lang
EL/MS/HS Teacher, Physical Education
Jonathan Nilius
EL/MS/HS Music, Vocal
Grace Peterson
EL/MS/HS Music, Instrumental
Karen Worsham
Middle School Teacher
Carey Nilius
Middle School Teacher