Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Assessment!

The 2013-14 school year brings some changes and challenges in the area of reporting student progress and learning.

During the summer, Kindergarten through 4th grade teachers worked very diligently on developing new elementary report cards for their grade levels. These report cards will focus on a child’s progress in mastering the core standards for their current grade level. The teachers and administration at both the high school and middle school have been researching grading best practices. This school year they will be looking at the role of grading homework, the fact that not all students learn at the same pace, and standards-based reporting of student progress. The mathematics departments at the high school will not be counting homework assignments into a student's final grade. At the middle school, homework will be counted minimally into a student's grade.


The staff and I realize many of these changes are significant for staff, students, and parents when it comes to thinking about grading students and reporting their progress. We truly believe the changes we are making are in the best interest of students and learning.

Progress is continuing with the development of common assessments and the development of common scoring understandings. I am very pleased with how the teachers are approaching this task.

If you have any questions about any of these or other programs or processes being implemented at Harper Creek, please feel free to contact me during business hours.

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

Tuesday, August 5 

Cognitive Coaching (Tammy Schiller) 8:00am - 3:30pm
BOE room/25(sc)

Wednesday, August 6 

Cognitive Coaching (Tammy Schiller) 8:00am - 3:30pm
BOE room/25(sc)
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
Director Curriculum
Harper Creek Community Schools