Celebrate! Board of Trustees votes to adopt updated mission statement!

On January 17, 2019, the MSS Board of Trustees adopted a revised mission statement. Abby Choi, the Director of School Initiatives and Improvement, led the five-month process of review and revision. Here she answers questions about the development of the statement. Why update the mission statement? Last fall we began to implement our five-year strategic […]

Pedro Gavilano ’11: using the skills he learned at MSS as a biology major in college

Pedro with his sister, Rafaela. Pedro will soon graduate from Montclair State University and pursue a masters degree. Even though it was nine years ago, Pedro remembers very clearly what it felt like to be in seventh grade as he faced his first Mustard Seed School Academic Exhibition. Nervous. He definitely felt nervous. The assignment, […]

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 […]

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 […]