Welcome to the
Department of Curriculum and Assessment

The new mission statement of Harper Creek Community Schools is to Educate, Empower, and Equip Students for Life. The district realizes that education looks differently than it did even 10 years ago. This is one of the reasons the district will continue the work teachers started last year with providing Project Based Learning opportunities to all students in grades K-12. This type of learning provides education in the content areas, empowers students by allowing choice within reason and encouraging students to take responsibility for their learning, and equips students with the “soft” skills such as collaboration and problem solving that our students need to be successful in the work place.

Intervention/extension blocks of time will continue at the elementary level. This block allows for students to receive additional support in reading, writing, and math if they are not yet at grade level with those skills. It also allows for students at and above grade level to explore learning to a deeper level in areas not necessarily covered during general instruction. This year the middle school will institute an intervention/extension block for students. I am pleased to have this successful elementary practice follow students to the middle school.

If you have any questions about Project Based Learning or any other questions pertaining to curriculum, please call me at 269.441.6564.

Wendy Van Geison
Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

Grant Opportunities

Innovation in Education Grants from the Battle Creek Community Foundation. Any staff member (i.e., maintenance, food service, teachers, paraprofessionals, etc.) of a school in the greater Battle Creek area is invited to apply. The project or idea must be considered innovative. We define Innovation as: something entirely new, or something that has been done before but now has a new approach, method or device to produce different results. Our goal is to encourage innovation in educators and local schools. The deadline for submission is the first business day of every month. If you have any questions, please call any one of our grantmaking staff at 269.962.2181 and they will be happy to assist you. You may access the application electronically. 

Grant Information

Educational Grants for Teachers from the Meemic Foundation. If you have questions or need more information, please contact your MEEMIC agent or visit their website.

Meemic Grant

K-12 Arts Content Standards

On June 14, 2011, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the Michigan Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) for Visual Arts, Music, Dance, and Theater as the state K-12 arts content standards. The Michigan Standards, Benchmarks, and GLCE for Visual Arts, Music, Dance, and Theater define what students are expected to know and do in the arts in grades K-12, and align to both 21st Century Skills and to the 2006 Michigan Merit Curriculum Guidelines for the Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts. The Michigan Standards, Benchmarks, and GLCE for Visual Arts, Music, Dance, and Theater are available for review and download. 

Art / Music Standards


Curriculum Office Hours - Monday through Friday - 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Contact Information

​Department Phone - 269.441.6564

Wendy Van Geison
Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

Sandra Cwiakala
Executive Secretary - Assistant Superintendent

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