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”

Jonathan Nilius
EL/MS/HS Music, Vocal

Name:

Jonathan Nilius

Your position:

EL/MS/HS music, vocal

Testimony of salvation:

I was saved when I was 4 years old.  We were just leaving church when I asked my parents if I could accept Christ as my savior.  They felt I was a little young to understand and told me we could when we got home.  They assumed I would forget, but when we got home it was the first thing on my mind.  So we knelt down and I confessed that I was a sinner and asked God to forgive me and make me his child.  As I have grown older my understanding and appreciation for what Christ accomplished for me on the cross has grown immensely.  Now I am challenged by what the apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:15, “And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”  This is one of the principle ideas that I hope to pass on to my students. 

Church:

Soteria Des Moines

College/Degree:

BA- K-12 Music Education, Faith Baptist Bible College

BA- Sacred Music, Faith Baptist Bible College

Additional Training:

I am currently working on my Masters in Educational Leadership from UNI. 

Drivers Ed Certified

Coaching Certification

Family:

I met my beautiful wife Carey while attending FBBC. God has also blessed us with 5 energetic daughters: Mia, Julia, Nadia, Alia, and Olivia.

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

As a family we enjoy swimming, playing soccer, and eating ice cream and Chick-fil-a.

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

I have taught at Grand View for the last 13 years.

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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