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First Day of School is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2018  DAY 1


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







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Welcome to summer!  I hope all is going well for all of you and you are enjoying your time off.  Please use the links below to access summer remediation:

Grade 5 Math - https://gfms.carmelschools.org/classes/67996/5th_grade_summer_math_2018/home

Grades 6-8 Math - http://www.mymathuniverse.com/ 

Grades 5-8 ELA, Science, Social Studies - https://portal.achieve3000.com/index


John Piscitella

George Fischer Middle School Principal

845-228-2300 ext. 525

Check our website in August for important information regarding the start of our new school year. 


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






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Dr. Rojas will be at CHS nursing office on July 24, 2018 and August 7, 2018 conducting free sports physicals for any student who requires an updated physical.  Students start to arrive at 7 am and it is on a first come first serve basis until all students have been seen.

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



SCHEDULING FOR ENSEMBLES IS UNDERWAY.  IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT ADDING OR DROPPING BAND, ORCHESTRA, OR CHORUS, YOU MUST CONTACT THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT AT GFMSMusic@carmelschools.org   This site will be monitored throughout the summer months.  All parent communications and questions will go through this email address. 



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. 



Math Corner

Math is EVERYWHERE…look around you this summer! It is crucial for students to keep exploring numbers and patterns, and thinking about mathematics. Click for some resources to support and motivate your child. Students should choose a variety of games and activities to enjoy throughout the summer. Your child will be better prepared in September to take on the challenges in math that a new school year brings.


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.


Regents information :   There is no summer school at the CHS but regents exams will be available at Hendrick Hudson HS in August.

The CHS website now has a link for August regents.


2017-2018 Graduation 8th Grade Slideshow!

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.

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