Imaani F. Sanders, new Admissions Director: hopes and dreams, hidden talents, and thoughts on challenges for urban families

Ms. Sanders joined the MSS staff in early August 2018 as the Director of Admissions and Community Relations. Where are you from? I was raised in both Montclair and Newark, NJ. Tell us a little about your experience. I studied Business Administration and Management at Penn State University and Bloomfield College.  I have worked in […]

The annual partnership report: financial aid, fundraising, and a look back at 2017-18

Dear Life-changer, Your kindness and compassion transform lives through education. Because of your support, the students who walk through the doors of Mustard Seed go on to high school, college, and beyond. They succeed and flourish. And they give back to their communities. As we prepare to move forward with this school year, we also […]

Get to know Brent Harris, new seventh grade homeroom teacher

Brent Harris joins the Mustard Seed faculty as the seventh grade homeroom teacher. He’ll also be teaching seventh and eighth grade language arts. Where are you from?
 St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Why did you move to Jersey City?  Lauren, my wife, is attending Columbia University; I decided to tag along for the ride! Where did […]

Why we give: the Armand family

All children deserve the education and experience that Mustard Seed provides. The school is beyond welcoming and the community spirit is infectious. It makes us want to do all we can to contribute to the warm and open environment. We’re proud supporters of the school. Here are just a few of the reasons why we […]

Why I love teaching Middle School: Sam Choi

On March 14, 2018, I found myself walking out of school with MSS middle school students. The eighth grade led us as we peacefully spoke out against gun violence following the Parkland shooting on Feb. 14, 2018. I listened to students as they grappled with what to do, struggled to find ways to honor those […]

MSS supporters make dreams come true: the Landaverde story

Claudia only attended first and second grades at Mustard Seed School, but those two years were some of the most important in her life. Her experiences at MSS still influence who she is today. As a student, she felt safe, happy, and loved. She caught a vision for what school could be. Filled with art. […]

Video! The Cassadayho family: How an answer to prayer brought them to Mustard Seed

When the time came for Shannon and Calvin Cassadayho to send their son, London, to kindergarten, they did their research. Lots of it. An educator in the New York City public schools, Shannon had very clear ideas about the learning environment that she and Calvin wanted for their family. One school rose to the top […]

Video! Jabari ’14: Giving voice to those who are overlooked

Jabari Yemonja-Olukun ‘14 feels compassion for people who are often overlooked. She wants to tell their stories and let them know know that they matter. To use her voice to make a difference in the world. She also wants to capture history and document important issues in the media and politics. This fall, she’ll attend […]

Summer reading lists 2018

What better way to celebrate summer than with good books? These lists can also be found in the Community/Family section of the website. One of the best ways to prepare for the upcoming school year is to read. Teachers have put together lists of engaging books that connect thematically with the curriculum.  Whether you are […]

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.