Eliazar Hernandez ’09: “My struggle has become my pride and joy!”

  Eliazar Hernandez, MSS Class of 2009 knows what it means to struggle in school. Now a high school and college graduate, he looks back and says the things that he struggled with have become his pride and joy. Here’s why. What was it like to grow up bilingual? Growing up bilingual was hard. Home […]

Sarah Bates ’09: How MSS service learning impacts me today as an engineer

What does a kindergarten service project to collect baby food for needy babies have to do with water scarcity in India? Everything, as it turns out. Sarah Bates ’09 draws a direct line from her MSS service experiences to the work that she does today: making cities and communities more resilient to climate change. As […]

Video: Where do Mustard Seed students go to high school? Featuring the class of 2017!

If you’re not from the Greater New York area, you may not know how complicated it can be to apply to high school. High schools here include some of the best public and private schools in the country and applying to these schools requires applications, recommendations, interviews, a myriad of standardized tests, and an elaborate […]

Ms. Miller retires after 25 years of serving MSS students

Jodi Miller joined the faculty 25 years ago as the second grade teacher. Since then, she’s been an important part of school life. She’s taken on a myriad of roles: drama teacher. Resource Room Coordinator. Tutor. And parent. She’s ensured that students who have needed extra help have received it. Forged a strong relationship between […]

Eighth grade profile: Liam

For Liam, the best part of wrestling with a math problem isn’t that it involves logic, although he loves the fact that math is logical. It’s that moment when it all comes together and the answer hits him. What’s the longest time that Liam has puzzled over a math problem?  A month. It delighted him […]

Eighth grade profile: Radha

Radha describes her younger self as shy and unable to sing. Her Mustard Seed journey has been one of discovering her voice. Over the years her music teachers have not only taught her how to sing, but they’ve also instilled a sense of confidence. Radha’s grown so much that she’s now a soloist! Radha credits […]

Eighth grade profile: Max

Attend Upper School worship, and you’ll often find Max in the front row with the musicians, sitting on a Cajón drum, enlivening the music. He’s part of the new worship leaders team, a pilot program that gives student musicians opportunities to contribute their voices and instruments to lead their peers. After school, Max can often […]

Oscar Velez ’89: seeking peace, social justice, transformation

(Editor’s note: Oscar Velez was this year’s speaker at Mustard Seed’s Building Futures Banquet. You can watch his full ten-minute speech in the video above.) Oscar Velez (’89) says that because he attended Mustard Seed School, he’s seen mountains move in his life and in the lives of others. The seeds of faith and social justice, […]

Franklin Prado ’10: living out lessons learned at Mustard Seed School

Franklin Prado ‘10 is very aware that could have very easily had a different life. When he talks about his experiences at Mustard Seed, it’s with deep gratitude. “Growing up in Jersey City in section eight housing made me realize that I have been blessed and had many opportunities that others with a similar background […]

Alumni profile: Lulu Heras ’10

Lulu Heras has never told anyone until now, but she keeps a little red lipgloss that her sixth grade teacher, Ms. Rupke, gave to her. The gift was a great kindness in the midst of a difficult situation. Lulu’s never forgotten it. Teachers like Ms. Rupke are why Lulu can say, “Every teacher I had […]