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.


SCHOOL PICTURE RE-TAKES will be on Wednesday, November 5 during Lunch periods in the gym.  You are encouraged to pre-order your Picture packages online at  The Picture dy ID is RI294789Q0.  Picture envelopes can be given in on picture day to the photographer.   


Today, 10/24/2014
High: 59 Low: 39
Mostly cloudy
12% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 10/25/2014
High: 61 Low: 43
Partly sunny
17% chance of precipitation.

Message from the Principal

Grades 5 - 8   "Teaching Children; Building Futures" 

Dear Students and Parents:

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

Friday, October 24
Staff Devel. Day
All schools dismissed early. AM Kindergarten attends, CHS dismissed at 10:15 a.m., GFMS at 11:00 a.m., Kindergarten at 11:30 a.m.; Gr. 1-4 at 11:50 a.m.
Monday, October 27
GFMS Event
GFMS Book Fair
Tuesday, October 28
Community Open Forum, GFMS, 7:00 p.m.
GFMS Event
GFMS Book Fair
GFMS Event
Influenza Clinic at GFMS