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  • Prayer Partners

    The Prayer Partner Program involves all Mother Seton School students. Pre-K through Grade 3 students are paired with students in Grade 4 through 8 for special mentoring opportunities throughout the year, including special events and activities. The Prayer Partner Program helps students connect and gives them an opportunity live their faith and share their gifts with one another.

  • Green School

    Mother Seton School enjoys the distinction of being a Maryland Green School – one of two schools in Frederick County and the first Catholic school in the state of Maryland - certified by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE).

    A Maryland Green School is a school recognized for efforts in the areas of recycling, reusing, reducing and conserving. Additionally, these schools are recognized for how they incorporate these best practices into the curriculum and into the daily routine of the school. A Maryland Green School is recognized for its efforts to involve the entire school community.

    For the last few years, Mother Seton School’s Green School Committee has worked diligently to incorporate these best practices. Each individual contributes to this award by filling up drinking containers from the water fountain, using the recycling bins, bringing lunches in reusable containers and not throw-away wrappers, completing a Green School art project, planting seeds, trees and shrubs, being a member of the school’s Science Club, and promoting good practices.

    Green Projects

    As part of the Green School program, students are learning first hand how to be good stewards of our natural resources.

    Examples of past and continuing green projects include:

    • Creating a registered Monarch Butterfly Way Station. Monarch Way Stations provide resources to help monarchs produce successive generations and sustain their migration.
    • Field trips to Renfrew Institute and Strawberry Hill to enhance ecology studies
    • Planting a pollinator garden
    • Conducting air quality tests in our school
    • Routine water testing at the rill
    • Trout in the Classroom
    • Maintaining a worm farm to compost food waste
  • Book Club

    Middle School Book Club and Grade-Specific Book Clubs form each year, depending on student interest. Students meet monthly with a faculty sponsor to explore and discuss classic and contemporary literature. Contact Mrs. Monacelli, Librarian, for more information.

  • Science Club

    A Science Club is open to all seventh grade students interested in engaging in scientific explorations and promoting good stewardship practices of our environment.  The Science Club meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 3 to 4:30. Contact Mrs. Kuykendall, Middle School Science Teacher, for more information.

  • Engineering Club

    The Engineering Club is open to all eighth grade students interested in exploring building, designing, and invention. The club meets every second Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Members of the Club pay $10.00 dues to defray costs of materials for projects.

  • Spanish Club

    The Spanish Club is open to any Middle School student who is currently taking Spanish. Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday each month, from 3- 4:30 in the Spanish Room (Rm 103). Activities are related to the cultures of Spanish speaking countries and may include such topics as music, arts, traditions, crafts, foods. Future plans include service to Spanish speakers in need, either locally or globally.

  • Yearbook

    Students in grades 5 to 8 are selected for the Yearbook Committee, which publishes the annual Mother Seton School Yearbook.  Sign up and selection take place in October.  The Committee meets with the faculty advisors to plan, select format, write copy, edit, and prepare the yearbook for publication.  After school meetings for the Committee are frequently held from 3 to 4:15 during the months of September through February.

  • SET Club

    The Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Club is open to 4th-graders and usually meets on the first Thursday of the month from 3:00-4:30pm. Contact Ms. Folden, Technology Teacher, for more information.

  • Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY)

    Middle School students interested in working side by side with friends and classmates to serve Christ by serving their neighbors are invited to join.  Members meet on the 1st Thursday of the month for team building, prayer, planning service, and outreach projects.

    The four aims of Community, Service, Marian Spirituality, and Formation to Service are woven into activities and monthly meetings of the VMY, which is an international youth organization of the Vincentian Family.

    Members form teams of 4-5 students lead by an adult sponsor to work at service sites of their choice two to three times monthly outside of school hours.  Sign up is in September.  Students complete a Pledge year during which they demonstrate their willingness to fulfill member responsibilities.

    Students who successfully complete requirements of the pledge year are inducted annually into the VMY on or near the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul.

    Adult sponsors are crucial to the success of the VMY.  Parents or others wishing to volunteer as adult sponsors contact the VMY moderator.

    See the U.S. VMY Site

  • Student Council Officers

    The purpose of the Mother Seton School Student Council is to encourage and to promote good citizenship, service to the community, growth in leadership ability and school spirit, and to contribute to the general welfare of the school and community.

    Middle School students serve as elected officers of Student Council.

    Officer positions include:

    • President
    • Vice-President
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
  • Student Council Class Representatives

    The purpose of the Mother Seton School Student Council is to encourage and to promote good citizenship, service to the community, growth in leadership ability and school spirit, and to contribute to the general welfare of the school and community.

    Students in grades 3-5 elect a Class Representative to represent their class on Student Council.

  • Instrumental Music & Band

    Weekly instrumental music lessons are taught each Monday to students in Grades 4-8 who enroll in this optional course. Band meets for practice on Mondays, from 2:45-3:45 p.m. Band performances are held at Mother Seton School in fall and spring and at other locations within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Dress code for performances is white shirt, black pants, and dark dress shoes. Students register for band in early September. An additional fee is charged for this activity. Contact Allison Smetana for additional information.

  • Art Angels

    Art Angels is a Middle School volunteer art program offered before classes and at the end of the school day. Students volunteer their time to help with World Peace Day, Community Christmas Banners, Fine Arts displays, and Special Events.  Organizational skills, communication, independent work habits, and creative minds are enhanced. Students need to make a commitment for the full school year to become an Art Angel. Sign up sheets will be available at the beginning of the school year. There are twelve available openings. Please contact Karolyne Myers, Art Teacher, for additional information.

  • Chorus

    School Chorus

    Students in grades 4-8 may join the school chorus in September and January. No audition is necessary. Chorus meets for practice on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Chorus traditionally performs for two major school productions, as well as other community or school functions. Dress code for performances is white MSS shirt, black skirt or pants, and dark dress shoes. Please contact Cheryl Carney, Music Teacher, for additional information.

    Liturgy Chorus

    A small group is chosen from within the chorus to form the Liturgy Chorus. This group leads the music at school liturgies and other times of prayer.

  • Tech Crew

    The Tech Crew is chosen from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.   This group helps to facilitate activities which require the use of the stage, curtains, microphones and other “technical” equipment as needed. Sign ups and selection take place in September.  Please contact Cheryl Carney, Music Teacher, for additional information.

  • Seton Scribblers

    Seton Scribblers is a young writers group for students in grades 3-5 who  have an interest in creative writing. Writers learn different techniques and  tools to help enhance their writing skills and spark their creativity, and have  the opportunity to have their work published in a school-distributed literary  journal at the end of the year. Seton Scribblers usually meets the third  Tuesday of the month from November to May. Contact Lynn Tayler,  Advancement, for more information.

    Resources & Tools

     

    National Novel Writing Month-Young Writers Program: A yearly challenge for writers of all ages. Write your novel in a month! Site includes writing workbooks, links to other resources, pep talks, and more.

    The Purdue Online Writing Lab: Purdue University's Online Writing Lab is a wonderful place to learn all of the various rules of grammar and usage.

    Grammar Girl: Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, offers up a wealth of quick and dirty grammar tips for better writing. The tips are available in a blog and a free podcast, and readers can submit their own burning grammar questions.

    The Story Kitchen: This site starts a story for you using the elements you choose and then asks you to finish it. With a focus on youth-friendly protagonists like superheros and genius kids, Bruce Van Patter's Story Kitchen is excellent practice for young writers.

    Mother Seton School Pinterest Board: Follow our Pinterest board just for young writers, where we pin activities and resources of interest.

    List of Vibrant Verbs | List of Character Traits | Awesome Adjectives

    “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” Stephen King

     

     

  • Healthy Eating Club

    Sixth grade students are invited to join a healthy eating club which meets on the last Friday of every month in the Science Lab during lunch and recess. The purpose of the club is to learn about and share healthy foods. Each month, members sign up to bring an entrée, a side dish, a dessert, or a drink to share with the group. Members come prepared to tell the group why the food is healthy: for example, the club member researched to find out what vitamins and other health benefits a particular fruit or vegetable provides. Members often research how to prepare a dish in a healthier way (less fat or sugar). Please contact Danielle Kuykendall, Middle School Science, for additional information.

  • Snow Sports Club

    Middle School students interested in winter sports may contact Mrs. Karolyne Myers, Art Teacher, for additional information.

  • Daisies, Brownies and Girl Scouts

    Mother Seton School hosts various Girl Scout troop meetings here after school. Please view the Girl Scout Club Directory for additional information.