Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Assessment.

One of the most beneficial activities a child can engage in outside of school that helps with school success is reading. Children and adults will spend time practicing with a ball team, going to dance or piano lessons, or martial arts practice all with the goal of improving a skill. The same mindset can also be applied to reading. It is a skill that is strengthened though daily practice. Having your child read as little as 15 minutes a day can have a tremendous impact. This is the time to read "just right" books, listen to someone read a little more difficult book aloud, read for pleasure or to learn about something of interest, or any other type of reading. My son really enjoyed Calvin and Hobbes cartoons and, yes, that counts as reading too. I encourage you and your family to take a little time each day to read and also to discuss what each of you is reading. Conversation is also a skill that contributes to school success. These are activities that can be used with children of all ages, regardless of what grade they are in at school.

A parent meeting will be held on March 5 at 6:30 in the Board Room at the Administration Building to introduce parents to the new spring test M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress). More information will be sent home mid-February.

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, February 27 

PD Day 12:00- 4:00pm
BOE Room
Conf. Room A/sc
PESG 10:00am - 12:00pm
BOE room(sc)

Tuesday, March 3 

ACT Testing
Various Rooms
Rob Ridgeway - 3:00 - 4:30pm
Conf. Room A(sc)

Wednesday, March 4 

ACT-Work Keys Testing
Various Rooms
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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