News & Announcements

January  17, 2020

 Jan '20 five-Day Calendar---> Jan 2020

Please remember that in the event we have a weather-related cancellation, we do NOT skip cycle days.  We will update the calendar to reflect this asap.

 The Ice Ball Dance for Grade 7 and 8 students is Friday Evening, January 17th from 7-9:30 PM

 Our  10th Annual Talent Show will be on Thursday,  April 15th, sign  up is in room 185.  Auditions will be held on January 27th and 30th.  Please see Ms. Pelino if you have any questions.

Ms. Pellino, Mrs. Molison and Mrs. Schwark's joint SSA meeting will be on Tuesday, January 14th, after school in room 259. Please remember to bring your permission slip.

 Attention Scientists! The GFMS Science Fair is coming on February 22nd. Applications are now available on the GFMS and science department website are due on February 12th. Also, on the science department website are links to videos with project ideas and hints for making your project stand out! See Mrs. Schmidt in room 218 or Mrs. Malheiro in room 268 with questions.





Parents and Community Members,

The Grades 7 and 8 Ice Ball is Friday, January 17th from 7-9:30 PM.  Please click on the link for an informational letter---> Ice Ball Information 

Congratulations to Carmel’s PJ Duke who became the youngest champion ever at the prestigious Eastern States Wrestling Classic.  PJ is a seventh grade student at George Fischer and wrestles for Carmel High School.  Please take the time to read about this great accomplishment in the following article: PJ Duke Wins Eastern States

For morning drop-off, please be aware that we are not fully staffed for supervision until 7:15 AM.  Students may NOT enter the building with early-arriving teachers until we have a permanent presence at the reception desk in the main lobby.

Earth Science selection criteria have been emailed to parents.  Here is a copy of the letter that was sent:  Earth Science Letter   You may access more information on the GFMS Science Page.

We reminded our parents about parking lot safety and drop-offs prior to Thanksgiving.  Please make sure that you follow the flow of traffic on the perimeter of the lower parking lot.  Only those who are permanently parking (i.e. teachers) should be using the parking lot lanes.

Concert Season is upon us!  Grade 5 on January 8th, and Grade 6 on January 13th.


John Piscitella, Principal


Administration Contacts

GFMS Principal and Grade 5 Administrator - John Piscitella (; ext. 525

Asst. Principal and Grade 6, Teams 5A, 5S Admin. - Christopher Barrie (; ext. 507

Asst. Principal and Grade 7, Teams 5B, 5D Admin. - Nancy Cyrus (; ext. 503

Asst. Principal and Grade 8, Teams 5C, 5E Admin. - Alicia Burns (; ext. 511

GFMS Drama Club Performance

Drama Club presents Fiddler on the Roof Jr. 

 Performances will be held in the auditorium at George Fischer Middle School on Friday, January 31, at 7pm and on Saturday, February 1, at 2pm and 7pm. 

 Tickets are $10 per person and will be sold at the door. 

GFMS Ram TV, Jr.

GFMS Events

  • 7-9:30pm, GFMS Gr. 7-8 Ice Ball (snow date)

    George Fischer Middle School
  • GFMS 2nd Quarter Ends

    George Fischer Middle School
  • 7pm, GFMS Drama Production, GFMS

    George Fischer Middle School
  • 2pm & 7pm, GFMS Drama Production, GFMS

    George Fischer Middle School
  • 2pm. GFMS Drama Production, GFMS

    George Fischer Middle School
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Attention Band, Chorus and Orchestra Parents,  If you are considering dropping band, orchestra or chorus, please send a note to the ensemble teacher so that they can keep a record of the change.  The teacher will contact the schedulers to make any changes.

The last day to drop BOC in the first semester for grades 6-8 is Friday, September 21st.  There will be another "window" to drop the first week of February for semester 2.

The last day to drop BOC in the first semester for grade 5 is Friday, September 28th.  There will be another "window" to drop  the first week of February for semester 2.





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 25

 We will not drop these courses after these dates. 



Math Corner

Math is EVERYWHERE…look around you ! 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 year. Your child will be better prepared for school and to take on the challenges in math that a new school year brings.


HONOR ROLL for grades 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 Grade  8.  There are applications available in the 8th grade administrator's office or the main office.


Please review the information regarding physicals and the requirements under the  NURSES' NOTES.  This is a new policy.   district physical letter 5-18.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. Barrie, gr 6; Mrs. Cyrus, gr 7;  Mrs. Burns, gr 8; Mr. Piscitella, gr 5                                                           

web page Code of Conduct.pdf

web page DASA page.pdf  

  web page ROCK page.pdf 


New to the District?  Registration packets are now available online by clicking here.  If you are unable to print the registration packet, you may pick one up in the main office or by calling the building Registrar, Debbie McIntyre, at (845) 228-2300, ext. 530.

Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities

Here is a list of the GFMS extra-curricular clubs and intramural sports for students in grades 5-8.  Further details are posted in the Resources and Clubs and Activities section.

  • Art Club
  • Babysitting Course
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Dignity Club
  • Drama Club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • General Organization (GO)
  • Go Green Environmental Club
  • Lego Robotics Club
  • Living History Club
  • Musical Groups
    • Clarinet Choir
    • Jazz Band
    • Rock Ensemble
    • Select Strings
  • Peer Leaders
  • Reflections (PTA)
  • Safe School Ambassadors (SSA)
  • Science and Technology Fair
  • Spotlight
  • Teens-N-Kids Mentoring Club
  • Tutorial Program
  • Yearbook


  • Golf (Fall)
  • Tennis (Fall)
  • Boys Basketball (fall)
  • Girls Basketball (fall)
  • Tennis (fall/Spring)
  • Volleyball (Spring)
  • Wrestling (fall)