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 here, and the fourth here.) Thanks for being a part of the Mustard Seed community; for supporting these students and cheering them on! 

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Livy (St. Dominic’s Academy; Veritas Scholar) 

Joyful is how you describe Livy. It’s a character trait that will serve her well next year at St. Dominic’s Academy. Science and literature are the two subjects that she’s most excited about. She loves doing experiments. As for the future, she hopes to be a preschool or kindergarten teacher one day, a calling she discovered through opportunities to work with younger students at MSS.

Looking back over her time at Mustard Seed, she’s enjoyed every day moments at school, like class conversations, and special trips, like the Spruce Lake trip. The sixth grade memoir was a particularly meaningful project for her. According to Livy, Passover is the highlight of the school year: telling the story, singing songs, and sharing a meal as a school community.

To incoming students, Livy says, “It’s a welcoming school. Don’t be nervous. It’s easy to make friends at Mustard Seed.”


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Patrick (High Tech High School)

A creative guy with well honed problem-solving skills, Patrick will join the Technology and Visual Arts Department at High Tech High School next year. He’s looking forward to exploring all of the classes that the department has to offer: programming, broadcasting, animation, the Adobe Creative Suite, and more.

Hands-on projects are Patrick’s specialty, and, looking back, one MSS project stands out: studying ailerons and making/testing paper airplanes. He also remembers that the jump between second and third grade was hard for him, in part because of what they studied in math. It was the year that multiplication and division were introduced and he says that Ms. Kuperus helped him and made a big impact.

Over his years at Mustard Seed, he’s not only grown academically, but Patrick’s also learned self control and how to be a good friend.

If he could live in the world of a book, he’d choose Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. There he’d create his own character and live inside the games and movies that he likes. If he could travel anywhere, he’d go hiking in South America. Or eat great food in Italy.

To his teachers, he’d like to say thanks for preparing him for high school. To the MSS students coming up behind him, he sends along this encouragement: don’t give up!


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Mia (Professional Children’s School) 

If you’ve ever heard Mia play cello, then you know she has quite a gift. She’ll continue to study her instrument at the Professional Children’s School next year. She hopes to attend Curtis Institute of Music and become a professional cellist.

If she could travel anywhere, Mia wouldn’t just go to one place. She’d travel the world and see new places. France and South Korea are definitely on the list; she wants to see where her parents and grandparents were born and raised as well as experience the cultures.

A character that Mia would like to be is Meg from Madeleine L’Engle’s book, A Wrinkle in Time because she embarks on a journey of self acceptance and courage.

To her MSS teachers, Mia would like to say thank you for teaching her everything she knows. For explaining when she didn’t understand and encouraging her when she wanted to give up. “Thank you for standing by me.”

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Sophie (Dominican Academy)

Caring, helpful, and creative are three words that describe Sophie. Her desire to help people is one of the reasons that she hopes to become a doctor. At Dominican Academy next fall, she’s looking forward to studying art and math.

Looking back, she remembers the help that she’s received. For example, there was a time when she was having trouble balancing equations in chemistry class. She asked Mr. Choi for extra help, and he guided her through the steps so she was prepared for the test. One of the highlights of the school year for Sophie is the Las Posadas celebration. This year, it was made even more special by the fact that Sophie was chosen to be the Big Star in the procession.

Sophie’s very grateful for everything that she’s been given at Mustard Seed. She learns something new every day and has found the classes really engaging. She says, “Thank you for my MSS education!”

Watch the MSS blog to meet more of our eighth grade students. Can’t wait to know where they’re all heading to high school? That’s okay! Here’s a one-minute video reveal.


Abby Liu

ABBY LIU, Director of Marketing and Communications

Ms. Liu loves to tell the Mustard Seed story. She’s the parent of a current MSS student and a recent alum.