Cycle Days at GFMS
Monday, January 15- No school - Martin Luther King Jr Day
Tuesday, January 16- Day 6
Wednesday, January 17- snow day
Thursday, January 18- Day 1
Friday, January 19- Day 2
Modified Girls Basketball- Practice is canceled today Jan. 18 - take regular bus home.
Mrs. C's SSA Meeting - is canceled for today, Jan. 18.
Ms. Pellino 5th Grade SSA Meeting - Meeting Thurs., Jan. 18th in Room 171.
Math Counts - Any member interested in attending the competition on Feb. 3 see Mrs. Molison today (1/18) or tomorrow (1/19).
8th Annual Talent Show- Sign-ups for Auditions are outside of Room 171. Actual Audition dates are Mon., Feb. 5 thru Thurs., Feb 8. Talent Show will be held on Wed., Mar. 28. Any questions, please see Ms. Pellino in Room 171.
Mrs. Molison SSA Meeting - Meeting Mon., Jan. 22nd in Room 259
Go Green Club - Meeting Tues., Jan. 23 is canceled. Please take your regular bus home.
Science Fair - Applications can be found online and from your Science teacher. Applications are due Wed., Feb. 14th. The fair is Sat., Feb. 24th in the gym.
Homework Club runs Mondays thru Thursdays. Applications can be found with your guidance counselor or administrator. They must be filled out and returned in order to participate.
GO Green Club is collecting plastic and Styrofoam egg cartons for a project at the Kent Public Library. There is a collection box in the main office or cartons can be dropped off in Miss Lynne's Art Room.
Modified winter sports and coaches are:
Mod Girls Basketball - Angelina Mendes/Cathy Decoster
Winter Cheer - Brittany Carroll
Mod Boys Basketball - Bob Shilling
Mod Boys Wrestling - Dave Robin & Asst. Coach TC Covell
Starting Tuesday, January 16, 2018 : In an effort to increase participation and offer students breakfast choice, our drop-off procedure begins. The new protocol will work as follows:
1) Upon arriving in the GFMS lot, each bus driver will ask students if they wish to go to the cafeteria for breakfast. Those that wish to eat will be let off. Breakfast students may ONLY go to the cafeteria and will line up as they enter to buy breakfast. Students who enter the building, but go to other areas, or do not purchase a breakfast, will receive a warning on the first infraction and will receive discipline on the second infraction.
2) Students who elect not to eat breakfast will remain on the bus until our 7:53 drop-off. These students w3ill go directly to their lockers and homeroom once they enter the building.
3) The cafeteria will stop allowing students to enter at 8:04 am, so if you want your child to eat a breakfast, please drop off before 7:45 or use the school bus.
NOTE: Free and Reduced rates apply for breakfast and other charges can be found on the CCSD website under "Departments" and "Food Services." (http://www.carmelschools.org/groups/6221/food_services/home_page) Please contact your grade-level administrator's office if you have questions.
The George Fischer Players present "The Little Mermaid, Jr." on Friday, January 26 at 27 pm, Saturday, January 27 at 2:00 pm and Sunday, January 28 at 2:00 pm in the GFMS Auditorium. Tickets sold at the door: $5 / students and children; $10 / adults.
Dear George Fischer Families,
I continue to be touched by the support you have shown over the past several days. As parents, it is not easy to believe that others care about your children to the extent that we do, but we are 100% committed to the social and emotional growth of each child who attends school here. Our teachers demonstrate caring and compassion for children every day.
January 3rd was a great day of school at GFMS and we would like to thank you and your children for making that happen. In addition, a special thank you goes out to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department for bringing their resources into our building during the school-day. Their presence was felt and it certainly helped all of us, staff and students, do our jobs a little better today.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the school via phone or email.
Regards, John Piscitella
George Fischer Middle School Principal
845-228-2300 ext. 525
Reminder to 8th grade parents: Your next Washington trip payment of $325.00 is due at the end of January. Checks can be made out to GFMS Washington trip and sent in to the social studies teacher. Permission slip link 2018 Permission Slip.pdf
Attendance and Punctuality is a major point of emphasis this year. Students must be in the building by 8:04. We encourage our students to ride the bus, but if you must drop off, please make sure students are IN THE BUILDING by 8:04. Students who are habitually late are subject to school discipline. In addition, study after study shows the correlation between school attendance and punctuality are major points of emphasis, so please do your best to limit absences.
A reminder to pick up your children in the rear of the building (small cafeteria) if you arrive after 2:15 PM. From 2:20 to 2:33 we cannot do pick-ups unless there is a family emergency. In this case, please call the main office in advance so we can have your child ready.
I know that many questions will arise as the year unfolds and our office staff and teachers are happy to assist. Please do your best to contact the appropriate office for questions regarding your children (845-228-2300).
Grade 5 – Ms. Cyrus, ext. 503
Grade 6 – Ms. Gentile or Mr. Kirk, ext. 511
Grade 7 – Mr. Barrie, ext. 507
Grade 8 – Mr. Piscitella, ext. 525
The Carmel Central School District educates the whole student through partnerships to become lifelong learners in an ever-changing world.
This club will meet Monday through Thursday from 2:35 - 3:20 pm in the classrooms listed below. The Homework Club is supervised by our teaching assistants and is an academic privilege for our students. The Student Code of Conduct that is in effect during the regular school day is also in effect afterschool during the Homework Club. The Homework Club is a great opportunity for students to be able to work quietly on their studies in a supervised setting. However, it is not a time when students will receive one-on-one instruction. If you would like your child to participate in Homework Club, please register with the Guidance Office. Attached is the permission slip. Homework Club Permission Slip.docx
Grade 5 - room 110; Grade 6 - room 208; Grade 7 - room 265; Grade 8 - room 217; Computer access will be in room 159 / Library
8th Grade Washington DC Trip is scheduled for Monday - Thursday, May 14-17. The cost of the trip is $650.00. The first payment of $325.00 is due the week of November 6, 2017. The second payment is due the last week of January. Balance sheets of final monies owed will be given out the week of 1/8/18. Additional information is in the letter that went home in August - linked here. Washington Letter August 2017.pdf Checks may be made payable to GFMS Washington trip. Please send permission slip in with your payment to the social studies teacher 2018 Permission Slip.pdf
Supply lists for each incoming grade level 2017-2018
The code of conduct signature page/emergency page are listed below. Refer to these pages with questions for disciplinary actions. If you need further explanation, contact the grade level administration - Mr. Piscitella, gr 8; Mr. Barrie, gr 7; Mrs. Gentile, gr 6; Ms. Cyrus, gr 5 web page signature page.pdf web page emergency page.pdf
New to the district? Registration packets are available for pick up in the main office. Please read the information contained on the New Student Registration page for more instructions on the complete registration process.
Students in band, orchestra or chorus participate in two performances throughout the school year. If there is a reason to consider dropping these courses, we have set up specific dates to do so. The dates for dropping BOC are:
Grades 6-8: 2 Full Rotations (Sept. 20th)
Grade 5: 3 Full Rotations (October 2nd)
We will not drop these courses after these dates.
HONOR ROLL for grades 6, 7 and 8
To achieve Honor Roll recognition, a student would need an 87 overall average, with no single grade lower than 85. to achieve High Honor Roll status, a student would need a 93 overall average, with no single grade lower than 90. This system is weighted based on "seat time," calculated as: 1.0 - for courses that meet daily and .5 for courses that meet every other day (i.e. PE, possibly ensemble classes)
National Jr. Honor Society (NJHS) has been established at GFMS for Grades 7 and 8. We expect to have it operational later this year.
Yearbooks can be ordered online or in school for $46.00 plus tax. If ordering in school, cash only. If ordering from our yearbook publisher, Jostens, their web page is www.jostensyearbooks.com If you would like to place an ad in this year's yearbook, you can select the layout on www.jostensadservice.com you can take 1/4 page ad for $35.00 or an 1/8 page ad at $20.00