Daily Announcements

6 Day Cycle Calendar     

 TODAY IS Thursday, March 22, 2018  Day 1 (3 hour delay)

Because of the recent storms which resulted in school closings, the following days are now INSTRUCTIONAL DAYS:  April 3, April 4, April 5, April 6 and May 25. Spring Recess days are now March 30 and April 2.


Good morning! Due to the weather issues we have been having, we will be moving Mod sports to March 26th- A meeting in the gym from 2:30-3:00

Spirit Week - 3/19 - 3/23 - Mon. USA Day, Tues. Twin, Triplet etc. Day, Wed. Hippie and Mis-Matched Sock, Thurs. Maroon & White, Fri. Carmel Colors.

Math Counts -  Last meeting will be on Wed., Mar. 28.

Ms. Costantino's SSA group - meeting today, Mar. 22 in Room 185.

Ms. Molison's Grade 5 SSA group - meeting today, Mar. 22 in Room 259.

Ms. Astrosky's SSA group - meeting Fri, Mar. 23.

Yearbook Club - meeting today, Mar. 22 after school. We are taking our group photo!

Modified Track & Field - Meeting Mon., Mar. 26 in the gym after school till 3:00 pm. Please make transportation arrangements. Practice to Begin Tues., 3/27.

Babysitting Course - Mar. 27 thru Mar. 29 in Room 185 after school. Permission slips online & in Mrs. Hoffmann's office. Only 30 Spots. $10 instructor fee.

Ms. Schwark's SSA Groups - meeting Thurs., 3/29 6th and 7th period.

Annual Walk for Heart Event -April 9-13 during PE classes. Learn about healthy heart habits while helping the American Heart Association raise funds for research & educational programs. Earn prizes and a glow-in-the-dark wristband just for registering at www.heart.org/hoops.

Breakfast Program - Breakfast is available before school every day. Each Administrator spoke to all students during Gym class. If you have any questions, please see your grade level administrator.

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





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  • GFMS School Spirit Week

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  • 7pm, GFMS Family Fun Night

    George Fischer Middle School
  • CALENDAR CHANGE--Spring Modified Sports Begin

    Meeting in GFMS Gym from 2:30-3:00pm

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  • Spring Recess

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  • Applications Due for Day Care and/or Provate/Parochial School Transportation

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Special Events

Parent Safety Listening Session - Monday, March 19 at 6:30 in GFMS Auditorium - This session is for parents only.

Because of the recent storms which resulted in school closings, the following days are now INSTRUCTIONAL DAYS:  April 3, April 4, April 5, April 6 and May 25. Spring Recess days are now March 30 and April 2.

NYS Assessments - ELA - April 11, 12      Math - May 1, 2




Hello Parents, Thankfully, mother nature has allowed us to have face time with students and we have completed session one of the team-building and safety discussions with students.  On Thursday and Friday, the focus shifts to mainly issues of school safety in group brainstorming sessions. The parent component to this program is now re-scheduled for Monday evening, March 19th.  We will begin the program at 6:30 PM in the GFMS Auditorium.  I, along with Mr. Irvin and SRO Claire Pierson, will be there to engage with you on this important topic. This event is for GFMS parents only and we ask that children not attend.  Please re-send an email to your child’s/children’s grade-level administrators as soon as possible to tell us you are attending so we can better plan the activity.

John Piscitella, Principal

 George Fischer Middle School Principal

845-228-2300 ext. 525

Grade 8 - J. Piscitella  jpiscite@carmelschools.org

Grade 7 - C. Barrie  cbarrie@carmelschools.org

Grade 6 - M. Kirk  mkirk@carmelschools.org

Grade 5 - N. Cyrus  ncyrus@carmelschools.org

 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 – 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.







Dr. Rojas will be here for Spring Sports Physicals on March 10.   students should come to the Nursing Office to sign up or parents may call.



New Morning Drop-off Procedures

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.

School Pictures

 You can order your pictures online at mylifetouch.com   The Picture day ID is RI297057Q0 .    Lifetouch packages and order form.pdf 

Washington DC Trip, Supply Lists, Photo Permission, District Stay in Touch...

8th Grade Washington DC Trip is scheduled for Monday - Thursday, May 14-17. Washington Trip Packet   Washington Trip Package 2017-2018.pdf 

 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 



Photo Permission-English 17-18.pdf 

Photo Permission-Spanish 17-18.pdf  

Stay in Touch -Spanish.pdf                           

Stay in touch-English.pdf 

Supply lists for each incoming grade level 2017-2018

 Supply Ltr Gr 5.pdf         

 Supply Ltr Gr 6.pdf          

Supply Ltr Gr 7.pdf          

Supply Ltr Gr 8.pdf 

Code of Conduct

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 

web page Code of Conduct.pdf

web page DASA page.pdf  

  web page ROCK 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)

If you are considering dropping any ensemble after the concerts, please contact the music teacher.  The teacher will make a recommendation to keep or drop the course.   Deadline to make this change is through the end of quarter 2, January 26.

 We will not drop these courses after these dates. 



Science Corner

It is never too early to think about your project for the Science Fair.   This year's science and technology fair is February 24, 2018.   Attached are the rules and regulations of the fair and an application.   Science Fair rules and application 2017-2018.pdf          Science Fair application 2017-2018.pdf 



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

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