Video slideshow: What did we learn in the 2017-18 school year?

It’s been an incredible year of learning. Watch this short video and see just a few of the many field trips, areas of study, collaborations, and friendships that happened this year. Thank you for being an important part of the Mustard Seed community! Have a wonderful summer.    

Whose story deserves to be told? Art as historical storytelling

  Panel 58 of Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series: collaborative collage reproduction by fourth and fifth grade students To study the works of prominent African American painter Jacob Lawrence is to study history. Lawrence used his art to tell the stories of important historical figures and events that were less likely to be found in history […]

Almost alums: Logan, Angelina, Madalena, and David

Our eighth grade students will be graduating soon. We’re running a blog series so that you can get to know them a little bit before they go and see where they’ll be attending high school. (You can’t miss it–they’re holding signs!)  Here’s the fourth of four blogs highlighting eighth grade students. (Read the first here, the second here. […]

Almost alums: Livy, Patrick, Mia, and Sophie

Our eighth grade students will be graduating soon. We’re running a blog series so that you can get to know them a little bit before they go and see where they’ll be attending high school. (You can’t miss it–they’re holding signs!)  Here’s the third of four blogs highlighting eighth grade students. (Read the first here, the second […]

Mini-term: a time to delight and try something new (or teach!)

    Ask any middle school student to name a highlight of the school year and you’re sure to hear two words: mini term. During the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the “regular” school schedule shifts to allow for special course offerings two hours a day. Faculty and staff, parents, and community members offer courses […]

Where’s the library? New cloud-based database puts resources at student fingertips

What do children need to support their ideas with research? A library, of course. The Mustard Seed School library looks a little different than you might expect.  Over the past few years, we’ve developed an innovative and flexible 21st Century library. The one-to-one laptop program in the Middle School has put online resources at students’ fingertips. Several years […]

What you give: 2017 Annual Partnership Report now available

You and I know that the world’s increasingly complex. No longer is it enough to be academically strong. Students must know how to collaborate. Think creatively. Understand technology.  Implement the engineering design process. Engage with a world that changes moment-by-moment. Our students are learning in a world that’s very different from the one that many […]

Mr. Lawrence presents at New³ summer math conference

When Jim Matthews, a math professor at Siena College, asked Mr. Lawrence if he would present at the New³ summer conference, Mr. Lawrence couldn’t refuse. After all, Professor Matthews is a math hero to Mr. Lawrence, and a recent inductee into the New York State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame. (Did you know that there’s […]

Reflections on learning from an unplanned guest: Lady Liberty Part 2

The New Colossus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command […]