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!
Even though Reese sometimes struggles in math, she’s looking forward to studying the subject when she attends the Academy of the Holy Angels in the fall. She’s excited to meet new friends. Go to a new campus. And grow in independence.
Mustard Seed School has taught Reese to be a leader. She has opportunities to lead almost every day. It might be in morning meeting. At a celebration. During field day. Or even giving a homily during worship. As a young child, she remembers looking up to older students who were leading. She learned so much by their example.
Traits that Reese has developed at MSS include confidence. Positivity. And curiosity. She’s also learned to keep going when something is difficult. Especially in math! (Thanks to Mr. Lawrence for unlocking the math mysteries.)
Standout memories include the Spruce Lake field trips and the Sixth Grade Memoir project. Staying overnight at Spruce Lake with classmates was a great way to get to know them better. The games and challenges required teamwork. Through writing her memoir, Reese learned a lot about herself. And she enjoyed making her artifact: three big Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with different food inside that she connected to her character traits.
Reese would like to say thank you to all of her teachers and classmates. They’ve helped her grow into the person she is today. Over the eleven years that she has been at Mustard Seed the thing that stays with Reese the most is how the students are so forgiving and genuine. She’ll miss the tight-knit school community.
Justus will continue his education next year as an Ignatian Scholar at Xavier High School. He’s excited by the many Advanced Placement class options. Sports teams. And the shorter commute! (Justus travels to Hoboken from Queens every day.)
Math has always been a favorite subject for Justus. He’s especially enjoyed the I LOVE Math Day problems every year. Working through the I LOVE Math challenges, Justus has learned to think critically. Logically. And creatively. These skills have helped him in math and in other subjects, too.
Before his sixth grade year, Justus was uncomfortable with public speaking. The Sixth Grade Memoir presentation gave him the practice that he needed. Prepared him for the eight academic exhibitions in seventh and eighth grade that are a part of the graduation requirement. Now he’s a confident presenter.
If he could travel anywhere, Justus would go to the Swiss Alps. He would sample the food. Explore the small villages. And take advantage of all of the hiking and climbing opportunities.
Justus says that he would not be the person that he is today without his Mustard Seed teachers. He would like to thank them for helping him on his academic journey.
Sebastiano is a mathematician and he looks forward to developing those skills further at Eastern Christian next year. He enjoys music and is excited by EC’s excellent music program. And he plans to play on the soccer team.
Sebastiano believes that he’s been well prepared by his MSS teachers. He’d like to thank them for their help. Care. And for always making sure that he’s done his best work.
What else has Sebastiano learned at MSS? To be understanding of others with different personalities and opinions. To express himself in class and through writing. He appreciates all of the ways that he’s been able to express himself.
Engineering and design are two areas in which he really wants to shine. They’re critical skills that he’ll need as he pursues his dream to become an architect.
If he could travel anywhere in the world, Sebastiano would go to Singapore. It’s one of the cleanest, sunniest, and busiest countries on Earth. He would enjoy seeing the exotic cars. Artistic landmarks. And creative sculptures.
Sebastiano’s going to miss the strong sense of community at MSS. The friendly teachers. MSS has offered him so much. He recommends the school to anyone who’s searching for a school that has a great education and a big heart.