Daily Announcements

See photos of the 8th Grade Washington D.C. trip here!


6 Day Cycle Calendar     



Mrs. Molison's Grade 5 SSA Group - will not meet on 5/31 - next meeting is 6/7.


Community Service - 8th graders: forms due Fri., 6/1. Hand them in to Mrs. Hoffmann, in Mr. Barrie's office. In order to qualify for the Community Service Award at Graduation, you need a total of 65 hours. If you need forms or to find out how many hours you have, please see Mrs. Hoffmann. Grades 5 thru 7 , please note you have until the end of the school year to hand in your community service forms. 

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 spring sports   and     coaches are:

Mod Girls Lacrosse - Joseph Broderick

Mod Boys Lacrosse - Rob Ancona

Mod Girls Softball - Angelina Mendes & Cathy Decoster

Mod Boys Baseball - Michael Dwyer

Mod Girls Track - Elizabeth Matrician

Mod Boys Track - Dana Schwark

Mod Boys Tennis - Rick Bishop





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Special Events


3 QUARTER HONOR ROLL BREAKFASTS  by invitation for students who successfully achieved honor roll or high honor roll for the first 3 quarters of this school year.  The Breakfasts are sponsored by the PTA and will take place on  Tuesday, May 22 for 6th graders, Wednesday, May 23 for 7th graders and Thursday, May 24 for 8th graders. 



8TH GRADE GRADUATION IS THURSDAY, JUNE 21 AT 11:15 AM AND 2:00 PM   Please see memo attached. Graduation HMR times 2018.xlsx 

8TH GRADE DANCE IS FRIDAY, JUNE 15 FROM 7 TO 9:30 PM.  Please see memo attached.    8th gr letters 2018.pdf     8th gr letters spanish.pdf 







May 22, 2018   Good day,  We recently had a parent orientation for our incoming 5th graders for 2018-2019.  If you would like to review the presentation, you may do so here   5th grade parent orientation May2018.pptx   

As our school year nears the end shortly, we would like to remind you to check the calendar for upcoming dates for activities and events taking place at the middle school.  We are in the last half of the 4th quarter and final exams are just around the corner.   We encourage students to study hard and they will be successful. 



May 3, 2018

As the warmer weather seems to be here, we would like to remind you that George Fischer Middle School has a dress code. You can find the Dress Code on pages 11 and 12 in the Student Handbook.  For your review, we have printed it here.

Part 5: Dress Code

Examples of inappropriate apparel include, but are not limited to:

  • Any clothing that displays undergarments
  • Apparel or jewelry with spikes or chains
  • Clothing with inappropriate words or pictures
  • Flip-flops or any footwear that does not secure to the front and back of the foot
  • Gang related apparel
  • Halter tops, belly shirts, tops with spaghetti straps, or where undergarments are visible
  • Hats, bandanas, visors, hoods, or any other head coverings

(Unless being used for medical/religious reasons)

  • Jackets are for outside use only
  • See-through clothing
  • Shorts, skirts and dresses above mid-thigh
  • Students wearing any clothing that is deemed inappropriate, suggestive, or disruptive to the educational process will be required to change their clothes or risk disciplinary actions.

Thank you for reinforcing our dress code. 


John Piscitella




  April 17, 2018

Good Evening 6th grade parents,  The sixth grade travels to Medieval Times in New Jersey on May 10, 2018.  We have

attached documents below with specifics regarding nutritional and food allergy information for this trip. Please review all of this information to understand the meals served at this venue.


Warmest regards, John Piscitella, Principal

  Matinee_Meal_Allergens.pdf         Matinee_Nutritional_Analysis.xlsx          Matinee_Ingredients.pdf 




 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. Maher will be here on May 22 to do scoliosis screenings.  

Please review the information regarding physicals and the requirements.  This is a new policy.   district physical letter 5-18.pdf 


8th grade GRADUATION

 Our 8th grade graduation will be on Thursday, June 21, 2018.  There will be a morning (11:15) and afternoon (2:00) session.

Homerooms have been divided to accommodate the seating in the auditorium.  Attached is the list of times and teacher assignments.

 Graduation HMR times 2018.xlsx       8th gr letters 2018.pdf     8th gr letters spanish.pdf 

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

The parent meeting for information regarding the Washington itinerary and expectations will be on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7 pm in the Auditorium - Nurses will be available at 6 pm to answer any questions about medicine and take the medicine for your student.

8th Grade Washington DC Trip is scheduled for Monday - Thursday, May 14-17.

Inside the Trip packet are the permission slips and "What to Wear" sheets.  Washington Trip Package 2017-2018.pdf  

The itineraries for each trip, Alexandria and Arlington are here.   Itinerary ALX 2018.pdf         Itinerary ARL 2018.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.

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.


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 $53.10 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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