What’s in the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan? Thriving and flourishing…

(Note: this is the speech given by Tom Postema, Head of School, at the the Strategic Plan Celebration Party on September 24, 2018) At the start of this 40th year of Mustard Seed School, we’re kicking off a new season in the life of the school. We’ve just launched our Strategic Plan and I’m eager […]

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.    

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 […]

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 […]

Video slideshow: a look at Passover 2017

Passover commemorates God deliverance of the Israelites from slavery. It’s the oldest and most important Jewish festival. Why do we celebrate it at Mustard Seed School? The gospels note that Jesus celebrated the Passover many times. His last supper with his disciples was a Passover meal. One that began with Jesus washing the feet of […]

A message for Mustard Seed’s class of 2016…(and all of us)

Last Saturday, we shared a beautiful Baccalaureate with our eighth grade students and their parents. After reading the homilies given by our eighth grade and considering the school theme for 2015-16 (flourishing), Rev. Melissa Hinnen (parent ’02) wrote this homily for our graduates. I was so touched by her words that I wanted to share them […]

New video on faith & worship with Mustard Seed founder Shanna Pargellis

Have you ever wondered about faith and worship at Mustard Seed?  Why do we have worship every day?  Why so many celebrations?  And do you have to be a Christian to attend the school? I sat down with MSS Founder and Early Childhood Director Shanna Pargellis for an interview about faith and worship at Mustard […]

Following Mary and Joseph at Las Posadas

Happy New Year!  Before we left for Christmas break we celebrated Las Posadas. Las Posadas is a traditional Mexican Christmas procession that is over 400 years old. Townspeople follow Mary and Joseph as they look for a “posada,” a lodging or accommodation. At Mustard Seed, the K-8 community gathers at Church Square Park dressed as […]