News & Announcements

November 4, 2019

 6-Day Calendar--->  November 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.

Want to make a difference in your school? Want to help make GFMS a better place? Consider becoming a Safe School Ambassador. The Safe School Ambassador Program, also known as SSA will be starting soon. See Mrs. Burns, Mrs. Molison, or Mrs. Pellino for details. Get your applications in ASAP! We will have an informational meeting for all that want to learn more about SSA students on Wednesday, November 6th in room 259. You must have a permission slip to stay.

The GFMS Book Club will meet on Monday, November 4th at 2:30 in Room 266.  You will need a note permitting you to stay. Late bus available at 3:20. Permission slips are available in Ms. Burms' office and on the district website.

Math Counts will NOT meet today, please take regular bus home.

All previously trained SSA members will have a meeting in room 259, after school on Wednesday, November 6th. Please make every effort to come.  New SSA members are welcome too!

Quarter 2 Art Club will begin on Friday, November 22nd. If you have signed up for Quarter 2 Art Club, please stop by room 234 to pick up your permission slip. You must have a signed permission slip to attend our first meeting on November 22nd.














Reminder:  student planner handbook pages  to  grade level administrator.




PISCITELLA's POSTS - Halloween Communication

Parents and Community Members,

 As Thursday and Friday are upon us, a few reminders:

  1. Candy should not be consumed in classrooms.  This is especially dangerous to our students with food allergies.
  2. Costumes or "dress-ups" for students are STRONGLY discouraged.  Any apparel that is deemed by administration to be disruptive to the learning environment is not permitted and those individuals will not be allowed in class.
  3. There are to be no masks or face paintings.  This conceals identity and is a safety issue.
  4. There are to be no props of any kind brought into the building.
  5. In the days following Halloween, our staff will be diligent on enforcing the classroom-candy protocol for the building.  Please discourage your children from consuming food/candy in class.

 Thank you in advance for your cooperation

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

Grades 5 and 7 Physicals - This is a reminder to our grades 5 and 7 families that a physical is required to be on file in our nurses office during this school year.  Please have the documentation sent to our Nurses' Office as soon as possible.  The district physician will be making rounds to our building in the upcoming weeks to administer physicals to those students who do not have the proper documentation.  We will notify you in advance of the exact date(s) of the doctor's visit(s).

CCSD Sports Physicals - UNRELATED to the above post, but Dr. Rojas will be here on November 12th to conduct physicals for Grades 7 and 8 students who need one to play an Interscholastic Sport.

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

  • Veteran's Day-No School

    Carmel Central School District
  • Winter Varsity & JV Sports Begin

    Carmel Central School District
  • GFMS GO Food Drive

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

  • GFMS PTA Cookie Dough Fundraiser Ends

View Monthly Calendar


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

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.