Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Assessment!

I am very pleased with the work that was accomplished last year and look forward to the direction for the 2014-15 school year.

Teachers at all buildings are being encouraged to incorporate project-based learning opportunities and the integration of science and social studies within math and ELA instruction. Students tend to remember concepts more readily when the concepts are connected to each other rather than isolated facts. Another reason for integration is the new state assessment tests will be integrating more of the science and social studies concepts into the reading, writing, and math assessments.

The state assessments will no longer be given in the fall. This spring there will be new MEAP tests that will be given on computer instead of paper and pencil. Teachers will be working with students throughout the year to familiarize them with the technology skills they will use on the tests. The ideas of online testing and spring testing are totally new across the state of Michigan. I am sure there will be a lot to learn about this whole process

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about the new assessment process or any other questions about curriculum.

Wendy Van Geison
Director of Curriculum and Assessment


See Resources below to access Curriculum Maps

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 at
Educational Grants for Teachers from the Meemic Foundation. If you have questions or need more information, please contact your MEEMIC agent or visit
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 at,1607,7-140-28753_38684_28757---,00.html.


Curriculum Office Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 - 4:00

Friday, December 19 

PESG 10:00am - 12:00pm
BOE room(sc)

Monday, December 22 

HC Reserved 6:00pm
BOE room(sc)

Wednesday, December 24 

HC Reserved
BOE room(sc)
PD room(sc)
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Sandra Cwiakala
Executive Secretary to the Director of Curriculum
Harper Creek Community Schools
Wendy Van Geison
Interim Superintendent
Harper Creek Community Schools