Dear Parents and Students,
Cell phone, I-Pod, and other electronics use have become commonplace in society today. All of us at GFMS recognize, and actively partake in, these activities in our private lives.  However, we have to balance several things when determining whether or not we should have an “open and free use” of these devices in school by students in the middle school building.

 First, should GFMS decide for itself whether or not to let students “bring their own devices” (BYOD) for academic purposes?  We are governed by the policies of the Carmel Central School District set forth by the Board of Education (BOE).  While we are able to make building practice decisions on our own, BYOD is one area  where we will be waiting to follow the future wishes of the Board of Education.  Thus, we will not be engaging in BYOD at this time.


October 30 is the 5th and 6th grade Halloween Party from 2:30 - 4:00 pm.  Students may wear Black and Orange for the festivities.  The party will be in the gym.  Pick up is at 4:00 pm from the front of the building.

October 31, Halloween, costumes are allowed with restrictions for safety. Please refer to Mr. Piscitella's message on the right.

SCHOOL PICTURE RE-TAKES will be on Wednesday, November 5 during Lunch periods in the gym. This day is for students who were absent for pictures and anyone who would like a picture re-take.  For those with pictures already, please bring your picture envelope to the photographer on this day. You are encouraged to pre-order your Picture packages online at  The Picture day ID is RI294789Q0. 


Today, 11/1/2014
High: 48 Low: 34
Chance rain
44% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 11/2/2014
High: 47 Low: 28
Partly sunny
4% chance of precipitation.

Message from the Principal

Grades 5 - 8   "Teaching Children; Building Futures" 

Dear Students and Parents

This is Red Ribbon Week; – Red Ribbon is a National campaign that brings millions together to raise awareness about making positive decisions.  This year’s theme is, “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free”. 

“The greatest power that a person possesses is the power to choose.   Today and everyday let’s renew our commitment to live a healthy and drug free lifestyle.”

Positive morale and climate are important components of the middle school experience. To this end, we are having a "black and orange" clothing spirit day on October 30th.  We are also welcoming students to wear limited costumes on Friday, October 31st.  If wearing a costume, please reinforce the following with your children:

  • Masks or other objects that conceal ones identity may not be worn.  
  • Props such as toy guns, swords or other loose objects may not be brought into the building.  

  • Loose fitting objects such as capes, extra baggy or sagging clothing that could be a safety risk may not be worn.

  • Finally, students who wear costumes MUST bring regular school clothes in the event that a costume is deemed disruptive to the educational process. 


    Please remember that while we want to have some fun on these days, our primary function at George Fischer is to nurture a learning community.  Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail if you have questions or concerns.

John Piscitella, Principal

George Fischer Middle School

(845) 228-2300

Principal- Mr. John Piscitella        
Asst. Principal - Mr. Ed LoPresti  
Asst. Principal- Mrs. Wendy Gentile
Dean of Students- Mr. Chris Barrie 

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 1
Daylight Savings Time
Turn your clocks back 1 hour
Monday, November 3
GFMS Event
GFMS G.O. Food Drive
Tuesday, November 4
Board of Education Mtg., CHS Library, 7:30 p.m.
NOTE: The Board is expected to enter into Executive Session at 6:45 p.m. and the regular public meeting is expected to resume at 7:30 p.m.
BOE Education & Assessment Committee Mtg., CHS Science Research Rm, 5:30 p.m.
BOE Facilities & Transportation Committee Mtg., CHS Library, 5:30 p.m.
GFMS Event
GFMS G.O. Food Drive