News & Announcements

June 12, 2019 Day Cycle -->     2019MayJune6daycycle.pdf 


Graduation Ceremony will be on Tuesday, June 25th as follows: 

11:15 a.m. - Mr. Mazzotta, Ms. Schmidt, Ms. Taormina, Mr. Esposito, Ms. Ramos, Ms. Steisel, Ms. Tully, Ms. Kasbarian, Ms. Pellino, Ms. Mahon, Ms. Roe.

2:00 p.m. - Ms. Bowe, Ms. Brusie, Ms. Monroe, Ms. Vandemark, Ms. Storminger, Dr. Mendes, Ms. DiLeo .

Our 8th grade dance  will take place on Friday, June 14th from 7:00 to 9:30pm  in our cafeteria.

Our 8th grade BBQ will also take place on Friday, June 14th  during periods 7-8.

Mrs. Astrosky's  SSA Meeting on June 4th in the library.

Today is Mrs, Bova's last SSA Group Meeting .

Each year the GFMS PTA sponsors the National Reflection Art and Literature Competition.  This year's theme was Heroes Around Me. We had several students recognized for excellence in the Putnam/Westchester Region.

In Literature:  Ellen Fischer

In Visual Arts: Carolina Arrigale and Ivy Kolovic

In Film Production: Carl Marin

 Do you have leadership qualities? Are you interested in helping our 5th graders by coming to school a few days in the summer to give tours of the building as well as helping at their orientation in September to help acquaint them with their new school? Are you a positive influence in our school and enjoy helping others? Consider becoming an 8th grade peer - Leader. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. The main office and room 185. Completed applications should be returned to Ms. Pellino I room 185 and are due no  later than Monday, June 24th.  Please see Ms. Pellino if you have any questions.





GFMS Ram TV, Jr.

PTA Presents...

SCREENAGERS, the movie!

Thank you again to the George Fischer PTA and all of our families who came to this year's event.  I know we all learned many things that can make us all better parents, teachers, and administrators.


John Piscitella
GFMS Principal

PISCITELLA's POSTS - Scoliosis Information, Grade 5 Orientation, State Science Testing

Scoliosis Screenings - Please click on the link to view the attached information about Grades 6 and 8 Scoliosis Screenings.   ScoliosisInformation.pdf 


Thank you to our Grade 4 parents for coming to GFMS last night for the parent presentation.  Here is a copy of the presentation that was promised with our school information----->  5th grade parent orientation.pdf   We look forward to having a great partnership!



May 29th and 30th - Grade 8 (Science 8) will be testing throughout these days on the Performance Assessment.  Assignment tickets will be issued before Memorial Day weekend.  Grades 5, 6, and 7 will have a regular school day.

June 3rd - Grade 8 (Science 8) will be testing from 8:15 - 10:15 on the Written Assessment.  Grades 5, 6, and 7 will have a regular school day.

Earth Science students do not take these assessments.

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 -


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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.