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What Does Mini Term Look Like?

December 14, 2021 | Clara Buckley

Every year, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the “Mini Term” weeks, are busy ones at Mustard Seed. It is a time to learn together, build community and discover new interests. It is a time for eighth grade students to take on leadership roles. A time for students to meet teachers from other grades. This year’s electives covered topics as diverse as origami, jogging, and American Sign Language.

Here are some of the unique experiences of the season:


Debate/Mock Trial


Card Game Strategy


Sports Mashup

American Sign Language and Braille

Christmas Ornaments Extravaganza

Country Building



City Building

Sew Your Own Puppet and Stuffie

Book Club

Jogging (and hot chocolate)

Clara Buckley

Preschool Art Specialist; Middle School Art

Clara Buckley’s teaching spans the ages of Mustard Seed School, from the youngest students in the preschool to students in the graduating class. She’s found many similarities between teaching three-year-olds and thirteen-year-olds!

As an art teacher who never enjoyed drawing, Ms Buckley’s hope is that each child she teaches discovers a way to create art that they enjoy, whether it be sculpture, printing, textiles, architectural drawing, or collage.

Ms. Buckley loves living in Jersey City, a place whose diversity and welcome for immigrants reflects her own family experience. When planning future travel destinations, art, food, and time with family are featured items on her list.

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