Laura, Emma, Jett

During the month of June, we’re running a blog series to introduce you to our eighth grade students. They’re extraordinary people. We can’t wait to see how they make their mark on the world!

Laura

Laura

Friends describe Laura as compassionate, confident, determined, creative, and unique. Sometimes serious. Also very fun.

Dwight-Englewood is Laura’s top choice high school and she’s thrilled to join their school community as a freshman next year. She looks forward to playing on the volleyball team over the summer. Attending the fall freshman retreat. And she plans to join some of the many clubs that Dwight has to offer.

Among Laura’s favorite subjects are math and history. For her History Exhibition at MSS she researched and presented about the Black Death and its impact on Medieval Europe. Her MSS Math Exhibition focused on two specific math problems and how they related to Zeno’s Paradox on infinite series.

When Laura thinks back on the many things she’s learned at MSS, she points to the Sixth Grade Memoir Project as one of her most formative experiences. In her writing she delved into the theme of identity. She considered who her classmates were and how they’d changed over time. Who she is and who she wants to be. How she can be the best version of herself in high school and beyond.

Laura loves her friends and classmates: they’ve become her second family. She hopes that as they all go to high school, they keep in touch and never forget each other.

Dwight-Englewood is Laura’s top choice high school and she’s thrilled to join their school community as a freshman next year. She looks forward to playing on the volleyball team over the summer. Attending the fall freshman retreat. And she plans to join some of the many clubs that Dwight has to offer.

Among Laura’s favorite subjects are math and history. For her History Exhibition at MSS she researched and presented about the Black Death and its impact on Medieval Europe. Her MSS Math Exhibition focused on two specific math problems and how they related to Zeno’s Paradox on infinite series.

When Laura thinks back on the many things she’s learned at MSS, she points to the Sixth Grade Memoir Project as one of her most formative experiences. In her writing she delved into the theme of identity. She considered who her classmates were and how they’d changed over time. Who she is and who she wants to be. How she can be the best version of herself in high school and beyond.

Laura loves her friends and classmates: they’ve become her second family. She hopes that as they all go to high school, they keep in touch and never forget each other.

 

emma

Next fall Emma will attend Saint Dominic Academy. She received a Sienna Scholarship and will be in the Honors program. What’s she looking forward to? Taking French.  Meeting new friends. And reuniting with MSS alumni at St. Dom’s.

At Mustard Seed School, Emma appreciates that she’s been challenged. Learned to challenge herself. Served others. Discovered her creativity. Learned to take risks. She’s used all of these skills on lessons like the I LOVE Math Day problems that have required her to think outside the box.

Grateful for her teachers, Emma says that whenever she was stuck, MSS teachers were there to help her.  She’s especially thankful for the creativity, passion, and free spirit of Ms. Decker. Ms. Decker took the time to understand Emma’s struggles. As a result, Emma felt free to be herself. To open up. Find her voice.

Outside of school, Emma enjoys taking taekwondo. Not only does she love learning self defense, she also feels her confidence growing. Her patience, too.

Emma’s thankful for all that she’s learned at MSS and will always remember the kindness of her teachers and friends.

 

Jett

If you asked Jett’s friends to describe him, they would say that he’s thoughtful. Compassionate. Easy to be around and talk to. His teachers would say that he’s calming. Responsible. Independent. And trustworthy.

Next year, Jett will attend St. Peter’s Prep. He’s looking forward to studying new concepts in math and science. Developing new relationships with friends and teachers. And playing sports! Jett’s extremely athletic. He plans to participate in baseball, basketball, and another sport, still to be determined. Jett likes to meet new people and have new experiences, so he’s excited for high school. He hopes to grow more as a person and discover his passions.

Jett joined Mustard Seed School as a 7th grade student. Over the past two years, he’s become more outgoing. More comfortable in the spotlight. He loves his friends and cherishes his time with them.

Puerto Rico is where Jett would travel if he could go anywhere in the world. He would spend time on the beach. And visit with his family who live there.

What will he miss about MSS? His friends and teachers. And all of the activities. He’d like to thank the MSS community for the many things he’s learned while here.

 

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.