News & Announcements

October 17, 2019

 6-Day Calendar---> October 2019 


Do you enjoy music, art, literature, film, or photography?  If so, Reflections is for you.  This year's theme is "Look Within" and information on this PTA sponsored event can be found on the front page of the GFMS website.  All entries are due by November 26th.

Our book initiative has begun!  We are all reading "Restart"  Please take the time to read and enjoy!

5th and 6th grade history club will take place today.

The deadline to hand  in for Halloween slip is 10/24 not 10/25 for 5th graders.

The book fair will take place on Monday the October 21st

volley ball practice cancelled today.



Reminder:  student planner handbook pages  to  grade level administrator.




PISCITELLA's POSTS - Immunizations and Reflections

Parents and Community Members,

The Word of the Week (WOW) is - PROCESS To follow the GFMS Vocabulary Project on Twitter-->GFMS Vocabulary Project

GFMS "Black and Orange" Day is Friday, October 25th.  We have an after school party planned for Grade 5 students (Permission Slip) and a dance from 7-9 PM for Grades 6 and 7 (no permission slip needed).

Reflections 2019 - Each year, our PTA sponsors a Reflections contests that incorporate Language Arts, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts into a theme (This year is "Look Within").  The link will take you to an informative video about Reflections.  All entries are due to by November 26th.  Students can come by the main office or download here ( 2019 Reflections Application ). (You may have to download the video to your own PC/Mac before viewing.) Link-->Reflections Video

Unblocking Spam Emails from GFMS Faculty - A technical term for doing this is called "Whitelisting" and a simple google search could lead you in the right direction.  I am including this link as it has support for many of the web-based email platforms that we typically use (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) as well as a tech support phone number. Link-->Whitelist Help

John Piscitella, Principal


GFMS One School-One Book ---> Restart Letter.pdf 

Updated Grade 8 DC Trip Letter----> Grade 8 DC Trip Info

Photo Permission Forms----> Photo Permission-English       Photo Permission- Spanish

CCSD Email/Social Media Reminders Updates---->  3 simple things      3 simple thingsSpanish.pdf 


Grade Level Administrators

Grade 5 (and GFMS) Principal - J. Piscitella  

Grade 6 (and Teams 5A and 5S) - Assistant Principal - C. Barrie   

Grade 7 (and Teams 5B and 5D) - Assistant Principal - N. Cyrus

Grade 8 (and Teams 5C and 5E) - Assistant Principal - A. Burns


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). 



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


PTA News

Stay tuned - Yankee Candle Fundraiser is coming soon!


John Piscitella
GFMS Principal

GFMS Ram TV, Jr.

GFMS Events

  • GFMS Book Fair

    George Fischer Middle School
  • GFMS Book Fair

    George Fischer Middle School
  • 2:30-4pm, GFMS Fall Party, Gr. 5

    George Fischer Middle School
  • 7-9pm, GFMS Fall Party, Gr. 6 & 7

    George Fischer Middle School
  • Influenza Clinic at 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 


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 (Spring)
  • Girls Basketball (Spring)
  • Tennis (Spring)
  • Volleyball (Spring)
  • Wrestling (Spring)

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.