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 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.    

Advice, Hopes, and Dreams from the GRANDPARENTS of Mustard Seed

When our three children left for school each day, we sent them off with these words: “Have a wonderful day… and be friendly, helpful, and cooperative!” And now we offer this very same advice to our grandchildren: “Be friendly, helpful, cooperative!”  These words are advice, but they also express a hope and dream. Aspirational words, […]

Pursuing justice with a servant’s heart: 8th grade service and leadership exhibition

It’s the time of year when our eighth grade students have one foot firmly planted at Mustard Seed and one foot stepping toward high school. They’ve attended worship every day during their time with us. They’ve participated in service projects throughout the years. And now, they each have a message for us. Recently, it was […]

Turning pages: book recommendations for our staff and for you!

What are you reading these days? Is there a book that you’ve read recently that’s touched your heart? A “free” bookstore puts new books into the hands of staff The worship team and I asked members of the school leadership team and Christian leaders in our community to recommend books for the Mustard Seed School staff […]

Holy disruptions continue with gospel artist Trey McLaughlin

  Back in October, we told you about a Vital Worship Grant that Mustard Seed School received from the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship with funds from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The grant funds a one-year program to shake things up in Middle School worship. Create some holy disruptions by exposing students to different styles of Christian worship, including worship […]

New worship experiences to bring holy disruption to Middle School students

During the MSS staff retreat in late August, speaker Mark Charles told a story. A member of the Navajo tribe and a pastor at the time, he attended a conference about contextualized Christian worship in indigenous cultures. At the conference, a group of native Māori who are Christians danced the haka, a traditional war dance, […]

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 […]