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Letter from the Middle School Director

February 23, 2024

Dear Middle School Families,   

My highlight of the week was our Black History Month Assembly today! Representatives from the Students of Color Affinity Group worked for several weeks to prepare the assembly and our students were joined by two of the PYC classes; we loved having them celebrate with us! Students shared about the origin of Black History Month, the significance of the colors of red, black and green, and then shared information about hairstyles and fashion. The students ended the assembly by talking about the importance of line dance - and taught everyone a dance - then concluded with a Soul Train-style line dance! Check out our fun videos and pictures on Instagram!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Pam Hartshorne
Middle School Director 

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Student Council is excited to announce our spring all-Middle School social! We invite CSG Middle School students to join us at the Gahanna Lanes on Friday, March 1, from 4:00-6:00pm for an afternoon of bowling, food, fun and friendship! Signing up costs $15.00 and will be on sale in the Middle School Office from Tuesday, February 13 through Monday, February 26 at 3:30pm; this deadline is firm as we need to have a count of students in advance so we can arrange bus transportation.  Cash or check (made out to Columbus School for Girls) is accepted. Credit cards or Venmo are NOT.  No permission slip is needed; students can simply pay their fee to sign up!  Included with signing up are two hours of bowling, pizza, and a drink.  Other snacks will be available for purchase, but please do not send a lot of cash with your student.  This is a CSG-only event and we will provide bus transportation TO Gahanna Lanes.  Parents/guardians are responsible for for pick up FROM Gahanna Lanes (215 W Johnstown Rd, Columbus, OH 43230) at the conclusion of the event.  On that Friday (March 1), students may dress down in CSG spirit wear (red/gold tops and 'free clothes' bottoms) and they must wear athletic shoes (or soft-soled, closed-toe shoes) so that they can bowl on the lanes.  


  • What:  The ZooAide Program at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium offers a unique look at the different opportunities available to those interested in pursuing careers in a conservation field. Because of health and safety reasons, direct animal contact is minimal. Aides' focus will be primarily public education and they should be outgoing, well-spoken, and autonomous enough to successfully interact with the public. They will be asked to work in a variety of areas; consequently a strong work ethic is extremely important.
  • When:  June-October, 2024 

  • Where:  Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065

  • Who:  Teens entering grades 8-12 in the 2024-2025 school year, who have an excitement about animals and the environment they are willing to share with the public, are able to commit to at least 60 hours of volunteer service between the months of June-October 2024, and can attend three training sessions on Zoom and at the Zoo in May 2024 (more details in the application form linked below)

  • Cost:  If accepted into the program: $40 fee and must also show evidence of a negative TB (tuberculosis) test (paid for by volunteer’s family)

  • For more information: Website here.

  • Deadline: Final applications are due March 31, 2024.

  • Important Note: This application requires FOUR letters of recommendation/references from non-family members submitted through the portal linked here so do not leave this until the last minute!

So if you have a passion for wildlife and conservation and want to share that passion with the general public attending the Zoo, this may be a great opportunity!  If you and/or your parents/guardians have any questions, please reach out to Director of Science Research & Engineering,  Dr. Stephanie Nelson


  • What: Overnight camp designed to provide hands-on experience with computers, math, science and engineering, YWSI helps youth develop an interest in these subjects by allowing them to work on practical, interesting scientific problems using the latest computer technology. Offers an enriching educational and recreational experience by combining engaging lectures, interactive tours, and group project work with frequent recreational breaks and exciting evening activities on OSU's campus. Example daily schedule including meals, etc., available on their website. This year’s focus is on watersheds, rivers, ecology, and environmental engineering, as well as how computers and technology are essential to these fields.

  • When: July 7-13, 2024 

  • Where: Ohio Supercomputer Center, 1224 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212

  • Who: Ohio residents in 6th and 7th grade (in the 2023-2024 school year) 

  • Cost: if accepted, $360 to cover housing, meals, program tuition, laboratory visits, insurance, chaperones, social activities, and equipment costs.

  • For more information: Website here. PDF flyer here.

  • Deadline: Final applications are due April 1, 2024.

If you and/or your parents/guardians have any questions, please reach out to Director of Science Research & Engineering,  Dr. Stephanie Nelson

YWSI is a week-long program sponsored by the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) for middle school girls in Ohio. Designed to provide hands-on experience with computers, math, science and engineering, YWSI helps girls develop an interest in these subjects by allowing them to work on practical, interesting scientific problems using the latest computer technology.  Participants work on practical, interesting scientific projects using cutting-edge technology, analyzing data and visualizing results whole learning fundamental computer skills and applications.  Students also get a taste of college life; staying in dorms at The Ohio State University during this weeklong (July 7-13) residential program.  Apply online by April 1, 2024.  For more information contact YWSI at 614-688-8300 or email  

Be WISE Camp’s mission is to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in middle school girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  The camp is designed to provide real-life, hands-on experiences in STEM using problem solving and thinking skills.  Be WISE encourages and motivates the girls to enroll in more STEM classes at the high school and college levels to prepare them for careers in a STEM field.  Be WISE has opportunities for Form V & VI students at day camps in July and for Forms VII & VIII residential camp (Muskingum University) in June.  Applications can be submitted online and you can find more information about the curriculum, and our application on our website:  Or you can use our app here.  The deadline to apply for camp is April 30th, 2024. 


Please report any absence, late arrival, or early dismissal to or call the MS Office at 614-252-0781 x121 to leave a message before 8:30am.  Please refrain from emailing teachers or Mrs. Hartshorne directly and use the email above instead.  Thank you!  

As part of our continued efforts surrounding safety and security at school, older students (Forms VI - XII) have CSG ID Badges to facilitate easier access to the school building.  These badges will give them access to school during school hours. Students do not have access to school after hours, except in cases of extracurricular activities where coaches have made special arrangements to do so. Badges are considered a part of the uniform, and students should wear them every day. Lost badges should be reported immediately to Division Directors, Advisors or Divisional Administrative Assistants. 

With the weather getting cooler and we're spending more time indoors, we are seeing the typical rise in colds and other illnesses.  Please continue to monitor your child for illness/symptoms and keep her home when sick. If your child is out ill for more than 24 hours, please provide a doctor's note upon return and/or a negative COVID-19 test. If your child does test positive for COVID, please notify Nurse Scheiderer and keep your child home for 5 days from the start of symptoms; which is considered Day 0. Your child will need to return in a mask for days 6-10. Please reach out to Nurse Scheiderer with any health-related questions.

Contact Us! 

Please use this email for ALL attendance needs including late arrivals, early dismissals and absences; refrain from emailing teachers directly. 

Pam Hartshorne 
Middle School Director
614-252-0781 ext. 120

US & MS Counselor – Brittany Harrison (ext. 123)
Learning Specialist – Rachel McCloskey (ext. 236)
Nurse –  Jennifer Scheiderer (ext. 105)
Middle School Librarian Meghan Kennedy (ext. 128)

Alisa King
Middle School Admin Assistant
614-252-0781 ext. 121

February Dates to Remember...

  • February 23 - Form VI Social @ CSG, 7:00-9:00pm
                             Form VII & VIII Dance @ CA, 7:30-9:30pm
  • February 26 - Bowling Night fee ($15) due to MS Office
  • February 28 - MS/US Sports Celebration* 

March Dates to Remember...

  • March 1 - Bowling Night @ Gahanna Lanes, 4:00-6:00pm 
    CSG providing transport TO bowling.  Parents pick up FROM bowling. 
  • March 7 - March Birthday Celebrations w/ Advisory
  • March 7 - Quarter 4 Classes Begin
  • March 15 - Senior Day/Love Your Body Day
  • March 16-31 - Spring Break
  • March 29 - CSG Closed; Good Friday
  • April 1 - Classes resume w/ Late Start at 10:00am

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