Daily Announcements


Monthly Calendar :             2018Dec6daycycle.pdf 

Math Counts - will not meet this week, 12/10 - 12/14.

Robotics Club - Next meeting will be Mon., 12/10.

Art Club - Session 2 Art Club wil begin on January 2. If you have signed up, please come to Room 234 to pick up your permission slip. You must have a signed permission slip in order to attend our 1/2 meeting.

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. 




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GFMS Events

  • GFMS Warm Hearts & Toys for Tots

    George Fischer Middle School
  • 1-3:30pm, Elementary Parent/Teacher Conf.

    Elementary schools dismissed at 12:00pm

    Carmel Central School District
  • GFMS Warm Hearts & Toys for Tots

    George Fischer Middle School
  • GFMS Warm Hearts & Toys for Tots

    George Fischer Middle School
  • GFMS Warm Hearts & Toys for Tots

    George Fischer Middle School
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 Good Morning Parents and Guardians,
 Our G.O. is collecting Toys for Tots and is sponsoring Warm Hands Warm Hearts for this holiday season through December 14.   There are collection boxes in the lobby for new toys, and new gloves, hats, scarves.  We encourage you to help make this holiday season special for those less fortunate.

Thursday, December 13 is the PTA meeting in the Library at 7:00 pm and the session for Spanish-speaking parents at 6:30 pm in room 118.

Winter Concerts are on December 17 for grade 8 and December 19 for 7th grade.   All concerts start at 7:00 pm.  Come join us to get in the festive mood.

The Holiday Recess starts on December 24 and continues through January 1.   We wish everyone a happy holiday season.   Be safe and enjoy family and friends. 


John Piscitella, Principal

Dates to remember



Please continue to check the GFMS website for updates.

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 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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