Daily Announcements

Monthly Calendar:  Monday, January 14, 2019

  GFMS  Drama Club presents The Addams Family  Friday Jan. 25th @ 7:00pm Saturday Jan. 26th @ 2:00pm & 7:00pm and Sunday Jan. 27th @2:00pm $5.00 for children and $10.00 for adults. At GFMS

Science Fair - The science fair is February 23rd.  Be part of a great day of fun and innovation.  There were some amazing projects last year. Many trying to solve a problem for the world like how to reduce pollution, or inventing a device to assist disabled people.  

There will be afterschool help next Thursday, January 17th in the library.  Bring a permission slip to stay.

There will be no modified boys basketball practice today.

Mrs. Bova's SSA group will meet after school on Wednesday in room 218.  Please let her know if you cannot attend.  Hope to see you there!

Mrs. Astrosky's SSA meeting will be on Friday, January 18, 2019 after school in the library.

Yearbooks are now on sale! Yearbooks cost $47 plus the cost of personalization & sales tax. To order online visit www.jostensyearbooks.com   Note: Yearbooks are not free for 8th graders.  Once again GFMS has partnered with Jostens ad service for those who wish to place a recognition ad for their student in the 2019 GFMS Yearbook.  Ads are $35 for 1/4 page; $20 for 1/8 page.  To place your ad visit www.jostensadservice.com Last day to place your ad is February 1, 2019.

Breakfast Program - Our breakfast program is available every day. Hot Chocolate is here at breakfast! It is included as an option with your breakfast meal or sold separately for $1.25. If you have any questions, ask the cafeteria staff. 




GFMS Ram TV, Jr.

GFMS Events

  • 7pm, GFMS PTA Mtg., GFMS Library

  • 7pm, GFMS Drama Production, GFMS

    George Fischer Middle School
  • GFMS 2nd Quarter Ends

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

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

    George Fischer Middle School
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Greetings Parents and Guardians,

The annual Ice Ball Dance is scheduled for Friday, January 18th from 7-9:30 PM.  Please see the link to access the informational letter -  iceballletterhome.pdf 

 A reminder to our 8th Grade families:  The DC Trip second payment is due the week of January 22nd.  Here is the link to the informational packet:  2019 Student Info Packet.pdf 

John Piscitella, 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). 



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 or the main office.


December 5 - Parent Teacher Conferences - 12-2:00 and 6-8:30

December 5 - early dismissal at 11:05 am  schedule for the day periods 6-9 Day 6



Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities

Here is a list of the GFMS extra-curricular clubs and intramural sports for 7/8 graders.  Details are posted in the Resources and Clubs and Activities section.

Art Club  Dignity Club Drama Club  
FBLA G.O. Go Green Jazz Band
Living History Club Math Counts Robotics Club Rock Ensemble
Select Strings Small Chamber Ensemble Spotlight Yearbook
Intramural Golf Intramural B/G Basketball Intramural Tennis  



holiday recess

December 24, 2018  - January 1, 2019


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.

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