News & Announcements

September 12, 2019


Modified volleyball  will begin Thursday, September 12th - students should sign into the library at 2:30 pm and will be picked up  by their coach at 3:15pm for tryouts in the gym - 3:15-5:00pm. 

The modified girls soccer team is still looking for girls to join.  Registration is still open.

Tennis intramurals for 5th and 6th graders starts soon.  Go to the main office for a permission slip.

Attention:  7th and 8th graders would you like to be involved in planning activities for your grade?   Do you like to help out in your community?  want to make a difference in yhour school and have fun with new friends? If so, the G.O. is the organization for you!  Applications are available in the main office, in room 172 and 173.

The GFMS Robotics Club's 1st meeting will be after school on Monday, September 16th in Tech Lab 3. It is open to 6th , 7th and 8th graders.  You will need a parent permission slip to attend.

GFMS will hold an Interest Meeting after school for 6th, 7th and 8th graders interested in auditioning for the school play on Tuesday, September  17th at 2:35pm in the large cafeteria.  You must bring a note from home in order to stay after.  Stage Crew will not start until next month.  We will make an announcement.


September 2019 Cycle calendar----> 2019Sep6daycycle.pdf 




PISCITELLA's POSTS - Opening Update

Hello Parents and Community Members,

Grades 5 and 6 Curriculum Night was a great evening and thank you to our parents for your attendance.  Below you will find the complete and updated parent presentation.  

John Piscitella, Principal


Grades 5 and 6 Cur. Night Parent Presentation---> Grades56Presentation.pdf 

Grades 6-8 Welcome Back-----> Grades 678 start of school letter 2019

Grades 5 and 6 Curriculum Night-----> 56CurNight2019

Grades 7 and 8 Curriculum Night-----> 78CurNight2019

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 


We would like to welcome Ms. Alicia Burns as our new assistant principal.  She will be working with our 8th and 5th Grades this year.  Please see below for a detailed list of our administrative team and the students with whom they are working this year.

Grade 5 (and GFMS) Principal - J. Piscitella  

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

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

Grade 8 (and 5) - 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). 



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.


PTA News

Stay tuned - Yankee Candle Fundraiser is coming soon!


John Piscitella
GFMS Principal

GFMS Ram TV, Jr.

GFMS Events

  • 6:30-8pm, Curriculum Night-KES, KPS, MPES, Gr. K-2

    Carmel Central School District
  • 7-9pm, GFMS Curriculum Night, Gr. 7/8

    George Fischer Middle School
  • GFMS PTA Yankee Candle Fundraiser Ends

  • 6:30-8pm, Curriculum Night-KES, KPS, MPES, Gr. 3-4

    Carmel Central School District
  • Rosh Hashanah-No School

    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 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.