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We’re almost ready for May 18’s Expo: Please join us!

May 11, 2022 | Cindy Kuperus

Some of you know that part of the richness and rigor of a Mustard Seed education is the many exhibitions students will do in seventh and eighth grades. These exhibitions are mentioned by alumni as preparing them for high school. There are research components, projects, and presentations.

One teacher said, “The Global Expo is like the first exhibition that students do.”

I think he’s right.

Your children are finishing up their research, and are choosing which parts they will present in a less than one-minute presentation to the whole group at 9:30.

In Shared Space, students are finishing clay sculptures of a food or animal from their country.

These, along with clay maps and cut-paper collages will be featured in the “museum” portion of the expo. They will be displayed in the classrooms, and you will be invited to see, hear about, and read the work that your children have prepared.

We hope you can come!




Cindy Kuperus

Teacher, Grades 3&4

Ms. Kuperus attended a small Lutheran grade school and has always been a student in multi-grade classrooms. She became interested in teaching, in fact, when she would assist classmates when the teacher was busy helping others. Her 5th/6th grade teacher, Mrs. Roman, encouraged her to think broadly about the world beyond their small town (population: 500), giving stickers to those who could answer a question from the World News segment from television the night before. She would be thrilled to learn that Ms. Kuperus has taught internationally in Masaya, Nicaragua, and Chengdu,China.

After graduating from Calvin College, Ms. Kuperus taught students in grades two-six for almost 10 years in Kentwood, Michigan. In 1994, Ms. Kuperus sought a teaching position in a school in the Northeast, anywhere but New Jersey. She’s now taught for over 23 years in NEW JERSEY! Two of her former students, Becca Brasser and Sam Martino, are now on staff at MSS.

Ms. Kuperus loves opportunities to travel, interact with the people, and taste the foods of the world. She’s also a person who ‘travels” with the characters in the books she reads!

It’s important to Ms. Kuperus that people’s voices are heard and that their needs for shelter and food are met. To that end, she volunteers for organizations like First Friends and the Sharing Place.

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