News & Announcements

December 9, 2019 (2 hour delay)

 NEW Six-Day Cycle Calendar---> Dec6daycycle

Please remember that in the event we have a weather-related cancellation, we do NOT skip cycle days.  We will update the calendar to reflect this asap.

Attention:  All GFMS Athletes:  If your parent cannot pick you up by 4:15pm you must take the 3:25pm late bus home.

 Reminder:  student planner handbook pages  to  grade level administrator.


Parents and Community Members,

We hope that everyone had a restful holiday weekend.  Please see the updated 6-day calendar as the snow-day pushed our old schedule back by one day.  We reminded our parents about parking lot safety and drop-offs prior to Thanksgiving.  Please make sure that you follow the flow of traffic on the perimeter of the lower parking lot.  Only those who are permanently parking (i.e. teachers) should be using the parking lot lanes.

The CCSD has Kids' Day planned for Sunday, December 8th.  Please open the attached flier for details: Kids Day Flier 2019

Concert Season is upon us!  The dates for the upcoming performances for Band, Chorus, and orchestra are: Grade 7 on December 11th, Grade 8 on December 16th, Grade 5 on January 8th, and Grade 6 on January 13th.


John Piscitella, Principal


Administration Contacts

GFMS Principal and Grade 5 Administrator - John Piscitella (; ext. 525

Asst. Principal and Grade 6, Teams 5A, 5S Admin. - Christopher Barrie (; ext. 507

Asst. Principal and Grade 7, Teams 5B, 5D Admin. - Nancy Cyrus (; ext. 503

Asst. Principal and Grade 8, Teams 5C, 5E Admin. - Alicia Burns (; ext. 511

PTA News

Reminder:  Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie dough orders can be picked up Thursday Dec. 12  in the small cafeteria from 4:30 - 7:30.

Please visit us on Facebook for all your GFMS PTA news


John Piscitella
GFMS Principal

GFMS Ram TV, Jr.

GFMS Events

  • 1-3:30pm, Elementary Parent/Teacher Conf.

    Elementary school students dismissed at 12:00pm

    Carmel Central School District
  • 7pm, Winter Concert, GFMS

    Carmel Chorus, Bella Voce, Freshman Chorus, Concert Choir

    CCSD Music
  • GFMS Warm Hearts & Toys for Tots

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

    George Fischer Middle School
  • 7pm, WInter Concert, GFMS

    7th Grade Groups

    CCSD Music
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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 (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.

ROCK It Out With Kindness in December!

 Rock it out With a Little Kindness Calendar.docx 


Our Safe School Ambassadors would like you to think about how you can ROCK it out with a little kindness during the month of December.  The attached calendar shows easy and free ways that we can show kindness to those around us.   There are calendars around the building, and please help us to spread kindness and continue to make our community a better place.