Daily Announcements


Monthly Calendar :    sept calendar.pdf 

Summer Reading Books - Reminder to return any library books borrowed for summer reading.

GFMS Spirit Contest - GFMS has been chosen as 1 of12 schools with the greatest school spirit in the Hudson Valley. Starting Wed., 9/19, please visit  http://hudsonvalley.news12.com/story/39002388/submit-school-spirit-showdown to vote for GFMS as much as you like for a chance to be a top 4 winner. Let's show the Hudson Valley who really ROCKS!

Living History Club - Interest Meeting for 7th & 8th graders on Thurs., 9/27, at 2:30 in room 269. A note to stay after is required. Please see Mr. Reilly if you have any questions.

The Drama Club - Interest Meeting for 6th - 8th grade will be on Wed., 9/26 at 2:35 in the Auditorium. Please bring a note from home to stay after school. Auditions will be Thurs., 9/27, Fri., 9/28 and Mon., 10/1. Sign ups at Interest Meeting.

Rock Ensemble - Informational Meeting for 7th & 8th Graders who are interested in auditioning on Thurs., 9/27. The meeting will be held in room 166 after school. Please bring a note to stay after if you plan to attend.

G.O. News - 7th and 8th Graders: If you are interested in becoming a G.O. representative, applications are in the main office or outside room 172. Any questions, see Mrs. Tully, Mrs. DiLeo or Mr. Drebycz. Applications due Fri., 9/28.

Breakfast Program - Our breakfast program is available every day. If you have any questions, ask the cafeteria staff.




GFMS Ram TV, Jr.

GFMS Events

  • Staff Development Day

    dismissal 10:50 am

    George Fischer Middle School
  • GFMS 1st Quarter Midpoint

    George Fischer Middle School
  • 7pm, GFMS PTA Mtg., GFMS Library

  • GFMS School Pictures

    George Fischer Middle School
  • GFMS School Pictures

    George Fischer Middle School
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GFMS HAS THE  SCHOOL SPIRIT!  Our school was entered into a contest for schools in the Hudson Valley that have the most school Spirit.  The more votes a school gets, the possibility of winning is greater.  We encourage all of our students and staff to cast a vote for our school as often as you can.  This contest is sponsored by News 12.  Check out their web page and vote here http://hudsonvalley.news12.com/story/39002388/submit-school-spirit-showdown
John Piscitella
GFMS Principal


 845-228-2300 ext. 525


Grade 5 - Principal - J. Piscitella  jpiscite@carmelschools.org  

Grade 8 - Assistant Principal ext. 507- C. Barrie  cbarrie@carmelschools.org   

Grade 7 - Assistant Principal ext. 511 - M. Kirk  mkirk@carmelschools.org

Grade 6 - Assistant Principal ext. 503 - N. Cyrus  ncyrus@carmelschools.org


    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 2:30 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 6 – Ms. Cyrus, ext. 503

Grade 7 – Mr. Kirk, ext. 511

Grade 8 – Mr. Barrie, ext. 507

Grade 5 – Mr. Piscitella, ext. 525



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







The Carmel Central School District educates the whole student through partnerships to become lifelong learners in an ever-changing world.







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



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 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 Grade  8.  There are applications available in the 8th grade administrator's office.


 September 19 - Yom Kippur - no school

October 5 - Staff Development Day - early dismissal 10:50 am

October 8 - Columbus Day - no school

October 16 & 17 - School Pictures

October 24 - Flu Clinic - registration required -  form on web page

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. Barrie, gr 8; Mr. Kirk, gr 7; Mrs. Cyrus, gr 6;  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.

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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