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PTA Presents...

SCREENAGERS, the movie!

The George Fischer PTA has graciously purchased a license to show the movie Screenagers on Thursday, May 2nd in the GFMS Auditorium.  The film will start at 7 PM and the cost is FREE.  Each spring, our PTA sponsors a parent workshop that in some way has a focus on adolescent development.  Screenagers is a documentary film about children and their ever-growing obsession with all things technology, with a special emphasis on "screen addiction."

Please use this link (Screenagers Sign-up and Info) to view the trailer and sign up for your passes.  We have three distinct sign-up windows:

Until March 28th - GFMS families and faculty will have the exclusive rights to sign up for tickets.

March 29th through April 7th - The event will open to all families and faculty in the Carmel Central School District. 

After April 7th - surrounding communities and school leaders will be invited to attend. 

We are limited to 600 seats so please RSVP as soon as possible.  We hope to see as many families as possible at this year's event and thank you again to the GFMS PTA!!


John Piscitella
GFMS Principal

PISCITELLA's POSTS - Report Cards and State Testing Information

3rd Quarter Report Cards - There is an error on the CCSD Calendar regarding the date that 3rd quarter grades are posted online.  Today, April 3rd is the due date for teachers to export their grades.  They will be posted on Home Access on Friday, April 5th.



As you know, today (April 3rd) is a regular day of school with NO STATE ASSESSMENTS.  We will resume Computer-based Testing for Grades 7 and 8 on Monday, April 8th.  We will use the rest of this week to complete make-ups in Grades 5 and 6.

April 1st and 2nd - Grades 5 and 6 ELA Testing; Grades 7 and 8 Regular classes - COMPLETED
April 8th and 9th - Grades 7 and 8 ELA Testing; Grades 5 and 6 Regular Classes

May 1st and 2nd - The entire building will be testing in Math from 8:10 - 10:15.  Grades 5 and 6 will be doing CBT, Grades 7 and 8 will be testing on paper.

All students must have reading materials with them during testing time as this is the only activity that is allowed while assessments are being given.  Finally, if you would like to have your child practice using the CBT system from home, go to: NYS CBT Practice Page .  Our ELA and Math teachers are also integrating this website into their lessons during the next several weeks.

John Piscitella, Principal   

845-228-2300 ext. 525


Grade 5 - Principal - J. Piscitella  

Grade 8 - Assistant Principal - C. Barrie   

Grade 7 - Assistant Principal - M. Kirk

Grade 6 - Assistant Principal - N. Cyrus


    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 -

Grades 6-8 Math - 

Grades 5-8 ELA, Science, Social Studies -


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






GFMS Events

  • Spring Recess

    Carmel Central School District
  • GFMS PTA Discount Card Fundraiser Begins

  • GFMS Principal visits 4th Graders

    Carmel Central School District
  • GFMS Principal visits 4th Graders

    Carmel Central School District
  • NYS Math Assessments, Gr. 3-8 (Computer-based)

    Carmel Central School District
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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 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.


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


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  



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.