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”

Grace Peterson
EL/MS/HS Music, Instrumental


Grace Peterson

Your position:

EL/MS/HS Music, Instrumental

Testimony of salvation:

My faith story begins with my family, parents who loved the Lord and taught me from His Word.  I accepted Christ as my Savior at a young age, and later recognized my need to make Him Lord of my life. 


Grace Church

Areas where you serve in your church:

I was challenged to be willing to serve the Lord wherever He would lead. I enjoy playing flute in the church orchestra at Grace Church.


BS- Music Education, Northwestern College, Orange City

MA- Music Education, University of St. Thomas

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

I love visiting my friends who live in various parts of the United States and the world.  My bucket list of travel includes seeing more of Europe.  In the meantime, I'll enjoy dark roast coffee and dark chocolate, and visit with my friends via Skype.

How long have you been teaching? 

This is my 38th year teaching full time. I have been teaching at GV/GPBS since 2002 when I returned to the United States after serving at a school for missionary kids in the Philippines for 20 years

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Since making music is one of the skills we can use to worship God,  I truly enjoy all aspects of helping young people learn the skills of music, and especially teaching beginning band students, .

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Correne Chodakowski
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Caleb Eloe
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Al Fincham
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Iuliana Hoben
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Geoff Lane
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Mark Lang
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Jonathan Nilius
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Grace Peterson
EL/MS/HS Music, Instrumental
Karen Worsham
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Carey Nilius
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