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Lunar New Year Parade

February 1, 2022 | Sam Martino

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Students outside parading around the park.

Wishes for a happy and prosperous new year!

Students practicing for the parade.

The second and third graders just finished leading the school in a celebration of the Lunar New Year. Both classes have been studying China and learning about what an important celebration the Lunar New Year is. 


Both classes worked with Ms. Mauldin to learn the song.

In Shared Space students made new year signs and lions. We learned the significance of the lion dances and the story of how they came to be. This project took two weeks and required help from every student working in collaboration.

Preparing to parade through the school.

The classes created a design for the lions based on their research of lion dances. Second and Third graders also learned a traditional song and performed it while parading. Students first traveled through the hallways so other classes could see, before traveling outside for parents to watch. 

The parade stopped by the 4th floor.

This celebration marks the beginning of the year of the tiger. 

This was a joyous and exciting event for the students.

Sam Martino

Teacher, Grade 8

Sam Martino is the 8th Grade homeroom teacher and Middle School Social Studies teacher. He graduated from Fordham University in 2014 with a bachelor of arts in history. Before joining the staff in 2015, Mr. Martino worked as a substitute teacher at Mustard Seed School. During his time as a substitute, he was able to work with every elementary and middle school class. Mr. Martino’s connection to Mustard Seed School goes back much further, however. He first connected with Mustard Seed in 1999 when he enrolled as a second-grade student. In 2006, Mr. Martino graduated from Mustard Seed School. His mother served as a member of the Board of Trustees, and Mr. Martino’s two brothers also graduated from Mustard Seed. A lifelong Hoboken resident, Mr. Martino is excited to continue working with students in a unique urban community. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, music, and movies. He can often be seen lugging instruments around town as he travels to and from practices and shows.

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