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Summer Reading Program: Required summer reading and skill practice packets have been sent home. Our goal is to provide a balanced approach to learning by encouraging reading and practicing skills learned during the year to avoid the summer learning gap. Please return the confirmation form . Students in Pre-K through Grade 7 are required to participate. CLICK HERE FOR PACKETS


Awards Day, June 13, 9:00 AM

Students have worked hard all year and today is about celebrating their accomplishments! Students are permitted to be out of uniform today.

Immediately following awards, students will return to homeroom to gather belongings and dismissal will begin. We hope you can join us!


Middle School Spanish Opportunities. Dr. Fraga is offering various summer Spanish learning opportunities online. Please VIEW FLIER if you are interested.


Maryland 529 College/Private School Savings Plans. New legislation allows you to use 529 accounts to pay for K-12 tuition. Please see the attached flier from the State of Maryland for more information on the tax savings of Maryland 529 Plans. Click here for information from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops explaining the new ability to use 529 plans for K-12 tuition!

To open your account, visit:

To apply for the State Contribution Program, visit:



Frederick County Public Library Summer Reading Challenge. View Flier


Did you know there are several camp options sponsored by area Catholic High Schools? Click over to the Community tab to see what's happening at Delone and Goretti!


Mercersburg Academy is offering 10% off their various summer camps for MSS students. Click over to the Community tab to see their flier!


The tan PE shirt will no longer be uniform for the 2018-19 school year. You will have the opportunity to order the new navy shirts over the summer. Look for the order form in your summer packets! Any surplus tan shirts in the uniform closet will be offered for sale for personal use. Please do NOT bring in any more tan shirts!




Advisory Notice regarding Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why courtesy of the National Association of School Psychologists. We encourage parents to read this before watching the Netflix show.



  • If you plan on volunteering at school or chaperoning field trips, you MUST have STAND training completed. This is an Archdiocese requirement. Please contact Terry Smith to schedule your training! 301.447.3161
  • Drop Off Protocol. To keep our students safe and keep the line moving in the morning, please be mindful of the following:
    • Children must exit curbside. Our curbside staff member is there to assist them.
    • If your child requires you to get out of the car to assist them, please either park in the lot and walk them up or pull all the way forward past the red line. This is both for safety and as a courtesy to other parents waiting to drop their children off.
    • Do not speed around the circle, especially if passing other vehicles in the line. Be prepared to stop at a moment's notice.
  • To ensure you receive all important information, please update your settings for Alert Solutions. A tutorial and instructions can be found here. This will be used for all emergency and weather notifications, as well as grade-specific information and any important updates.
  • Cold Weather Policy Reminder: We will use the WEATHER.COM app (The Weather Channel app) for temperature. We will use the "FEELS LIKE" temperature, not the actual temperature. The "feels like" temp factors in wind chill and what the effect of the temp is on our bodies. If the temperature "feels like" 35 degrees or below, students are NOT permitted to go outside. If the "feels like" temperature is above 36 degrees, students WILL go outside.
  • Hazardous Weather Reminder: Generally, MSS follows FCPS decisions on weather closings and delays. Please refer to page 32 of the Handbook for details and more information. VIEW FCPS Protocol
  • Cell Phones: We live in a digital age and there may be exceptional times that a student would need to have a cell phone at school.  The policy in our handbook regarding  cell phones states, “Parents submit a written request to the principal for a student to have a cell phone at school.  Students are required to leave the phone at the front office in the morning and pick the phone up before leaving in the afternoon.  No cell phones are allowed in the classrooms." Additionally, students who carry cell phones on the bus are not permitted to have them out of the book bag during transport. If you have a reason for your child to have a cell phone at school, please e-mail your request to or
  • Help keep our students safe! Parent/Drivers at school bus stops for MSS are not to leave the parking lot before the bus departs. This is to insure all students are on the bus safely. There was a close call last week and as we begin school, let’s remember that students can sometimes be distracted when getting on the bus—as adults it’s our role to help keep them safe. Being patient and waiting for the bus to pull away first will help avoid accidents. Thanks for your help!
  • Keep collecting those Box Tops! Since 2012, we’ve raised over $14K for MSS. That’s 140,000 Box Tops! Keep an eye out for future Box Top challenges and rewards. In the meantime, keep clipping!
  • SAVE THE TAB! The MSS Art Department continues to collect aluminum tabs (like the kind on soda cans) for the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey. For more info contact Mrs. Myers at
  • Help keep our students healthy: Please keep your child at home if your student is exhibiting flu symptoms. Remember, as stated in the handbook, your child must be free of fever, vomiting or diarrhea for a full 24 hours before they can return to class. In an effort to protect children who may be immuno-compromised, if your child is diagnosed with the flu, please call the office and let us know.



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living our mission

April 30, 2018

For two years our school theme has been “Love, Lead and Learn”.  Each day after Morning Prayer and announcements I remind students that we are here “to love, lead and learn all for the Lord”.  It’s become a mantra that students in classes now join in on as we begin our day together.

As I reflect on my time at Mother Seton, I realize that this daily reminder helps me to keep focused on what is most important in my ministry with children and families.  We are all called to share the gift of God’s love with each other – whether we do that through a smile, a word of affirmation, offering an act of kindness that’s unexpected or taking time be of service to others.  Being a witness of love isn’t always easy and often requires us to put the good of another ahead of our own needs and desires.

In a recent homily, Fr. Harry  Arnone reminded the congregation of an old song whose refrain said, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love!”  Wouldn’t it be great if we could all take up this refrain and share it with everyone we meet?  It’s a lesson our faculty and staff strive to teach our children daily in countless ways and it’s a witness many of our children demonstrate in their interactions with each other.  Helping children to develop a loving attitude toward others begins at home – with the patience, guidance and the discipline required to help children understand that their words and actions have the power to bring life or cause hurt.  Working together with parents, that’s how values are instilled over the long haul – modeling, teaching, re-directing – it all takes sacrifice realizing whether direct or indirect, the lessons we teach now will bear fruit later.

To have the privilege of serving in the “cradle” of Catholic education with a wonderful community is a gift and one I will always cherish.  I have been blessed with four years of being able to lead our school community and to get to know our students.  I have often remarked in my reflections about the generosity, love and spirit of community that is present at MSS and it is one of the things I will miss most.  After it’s all said and done, my service here as a Daughter of Charity has been “all for the Lord” and for this I am grateful.  Be assured of my love and prayers for you as we journey forward into the summer and I ask you to please pray as we search for a new principal who will continue the legacy of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.


We pray...

for Tommy Laudani and his family

for Kevin Vaught, husband of Denise Vaught



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Congratulations to our STEM FAIR Winners! VIEW WINNERS | VIEW STEM  FAIR

3rd Grade

1 ST : Jacob Marron

2 ND : Abigail Field

3 RD : Rachel Zurawski

4th Grade

1 ST : Maggie Rabaiotti

2 ND : Sophia Erdman

3 RD : Thien-y Pham


5th Grade

1 ST : Isaac Jenkins

2 ND : Olivia Adams

3 RD : Faith Collins

HM: Brady Koenig


6th Grade

1 ST : Cassidy Sill

2 ND : Emily Flynn

3 RD : Julia Wivell

HM: Sophia Launchi


7th Grade (Experiment / Invention)

1 ST : Grant Kelly / Nathan Kovalcik

2 ND : Brendan Guinan & Beckett Tayler / Carter Loher

3 RD : Quynh Nguyen

HM: Jayden Joseph


8th Grade

1 ST : Megan Adams

2 ND : Keola Evans & Jane Waybright

3 RD : Mia Ferrero

HM: Raphaela Smaldone






Mother Seton School Students Take Top Honors at Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair


Emmitsburg, MD – At first glance, it looks like a simple cell phone case. But The Scorch Case is so much more—a 3-D printed cell phone case engineered to be a rechargeable hand warmer, flashlight, and phone charger. Mother Seton School eighth-graders Matthias Buchheister, Jack Guinan, and Gavin Marshall designed and created their invention for their school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fair and walked away with the Grand Champions of Invention award.


On April 1, 2017, the trio took their invention to the Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair at Tuscarora High School, and came away with First Place in the Engineering Mechanics Division. They also earned the ThermoFisher Outstanding Middle School Project Award and the Middle School Engineering Design Champion Award. In addition to these honors, they were nominated to compete in the 2017 Broadcom MASTERS, a program for the top 10% of middle school science fair participants in the nation. Gavin says competing at the county level “was a fun experience, and I was proud to represent MSS at the event.”


All of it has been exciting, and a little overwhelming, for the young engineers, who came up with the idea during a brainstorming session. “We wanted to make the greatest phone case ever,” said Matthias. The three students, who will be graduating Mother Seton School and moving on to different high schools (Matthias to St. Maria Goretti in Hagerstown, Jack to St. John’s Catholic Prep in Frederick, and Gavin to Frederick Scott Key in Taneytown), have been friends since Kindergarten. Their dynamic collaboration made for a successful team project. “It was a little challenging trying to coordinate our schedules, but doing this as a group project was so much better than going it alone,” Matthias said.


The students are grateful for the help they had along the way. “We couldn’t have done it without our mentor, Mr. Hatter, and our families who supported us along the way,” said Gavin. After receiving feedback from the judges at the school fair, the boys made adjustments to their invention before the county event. “We worked right up to the last minute,” Jack said. “Honestly, we didn’t think we’d win.” The boys say they were somewhat intimidated when they showed for the event and took a look at the competition. “There were project that looked incredible,” Matthias said. “But we all agreed that even if we didn’t win, it was fine. We did this for fun and for the experience.”


“Utter disbelief” is how Jack describes their feelings when their names were announced as winners. “It took a while to sink in.” The boys said the experience taught them that if you’re doing something you love, you’re going to be great at it. “Because we liked what we were doing, we had the drive to go farther, and I think that’s why we were successful,” explained Matthias.


(L-R) Jack Guinan, Matthias Buchheister, Gavin Marshall



Everyone who entered the S.T.E.M. Fair should be super proud — you all did a fantastic job! Competition was fierce. Congratulations to the following students who placed:

Gr 3: Grace Hewitt (1st); Madison Ball and Ben Caretti (t-2nd); Thien-Y Pham (3rd)

Gr 4: Isaac Jenkins (1st); Faith Collins (2nd); Brady Koenig and Michael Metz (T-3rd)

Gr 5: Michael Hohenstein (1st); Wyatt Hill (2nd); Julia Wivell (3rd); Nathaniel Hand (HM)

Gr 6: Pearl Walker (1st); Jamie Price and Henry Greger (T-2nd); Nathan Kovalcik (3rd); Mackenzie Orndorff (HM)

Gr 7: Megan Adams (1st); Raphaela Smaldone and Keola Evans & Bella Rabaiotti (T-2nd); Aoife Nelson (3rd); Jacob Hartness (HM)

Gr 8: Matthias Buchheister, Jack Guinan, and Gavin Marshall (1st); Natalie Bosche (2nd); Averey Johnson (3rd); Liv Cliber, Grace Kovalcik, and Sydney McCarron (HM)

Grand Champions

Invention: Matthias Buchheister, Jack Guinan, Gavin Marshall
Experiment: Megan Adams

Congratulations to Chase Stull (Gr 8)! Chase placed 1st in Ski Liberty's "Do It for the Love" Freestyle Snowboarding event, ages 13-17 category. Way to go, Chase!


Mother Seton School Receives Donation from Culture of Good and TCC Verizon

Emmitsburg, Maryland -- The faculty at MSS were treated to a surprise on Valentine's Day courtesy of Culture of Good, the philanthropic arm of TCC Verizon. As part of a nationwide tour, the Culture of Good bus stopped at MSS to deliver boxes of Teacher Supplies, part of their Teachers Rock! initiative. Ryan McCarty, co-founder, met with Principal Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., and presented her with his book, Building a Culture of Good. Former MSS alum, Ben Lambert (Class of '93), manager of a TCC Verizon store in Frederick, also gifted to the school an iPad Air. Mr. McCarty, Mr. Lambert, and their team, paid a visit to Mrs. Schisler's Kindergarten class, where Mr. McCarty talked to the children about the importance of always doing good in the world. MSS is grateful for Culture of Good and TCC Verizon, and their support of educators.


Congratulations, Larisa Tayler! Larisa took first place in the schoolwide National Geography Bee and will move to the next round. Good luck, Larisa!


Congratulations, Mia Ferraro! Mia will represent MSS at the Frederick County Spelling Bee. Good luck,Mia!


Congratulations to MSS seventh grader Sophia Stinson! Sophia's artwork placed First in the Lion's Club "Celebration of Peace" art contest. Her work will be sent to the district level. Good Luck Sophia!

Community News

Catoctin High School will be running a summer soccer camp in partnership with Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps ( Coaches will be flown in from the UK, stay with local families for the week, share part of their culture from back home, and provide a top level soccer experience for the players in the camp!


The camp will run July 9th - 13th and is open to boys and girls ages 3-18. All campers will receive a free ball and t-shirt, a skills evaluation report and if signed up by June 13th, a camp jersey.


More information and pricing can be found here.


Part of the profits will be used to support the boys and girls soccer programs at Catoctin High School. If you have any question please email Rob Phelan at




Mercersburg Summer Opprtunities for Mother Seton School  - Various Camps Available, special promo code for 10% off for MSS students!


Delone Catholic High School Summer Sports Camp Flier


St. Maria Goretti Summer Camps:

Girls Basketball Camp - July 9-12 and July 16-19

Boys Lacrosse Camp

Girls Lacrosse Camp

Basketball Morning Camp

Basketball Day Camp

Girls Volleyball Camp


Need Mulch? Delone HS has mulch for sale. VIEW FLIER for details.


Emmitsburg Community Heritage Day Art Contest. This year the Emmitsburg Community Heritage Day Art contest is targeted to Emmitsburg Area Children in grades 1st to 8th grade.  The Theme is "Freedom Is.." Deadline is June 15th, 2018 but Art will be picked up from participating Schools by June 11, 2018. VIEW ENTRY FORM AND GUIDELINES


Emmitsburg Council of Churches Enlists Your Support for The Fourth ECUMENICAL MISSION TO KENYA JUNE 2018. Download a brochure for more information on how you can be a part of this humanitarian effort.










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