Daily Announcements


Monthly Calendar :        November calendar.pdf   

Camp Herrlich - NO BUSES TODAY, 11/15. All Camp Herrlich students should follow their emergency plans.

PTA Reflection Contest - any student that is interested in making a 3 minute video about their hero to submit to the Reflections Contest, please see Mr. Diamonde in Tech Lab #3.

Breakfast Program - Our breakfast program is available every day. If you have any questions, ask the cafeteria staff.




GFMS Ram TV, Jr.

GFMS Events

  • 6-8:30pm, GFMS Parent/Teacher Conf. Gr. 5-8

    George Fischer Middle School
  • GFMS 1st Quarter Report Cards Online

    George Fischer Middle School
  • POSTPONED-Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Luncheon-All Schools

    Carmel Central School District
  • 12-2pm, GFMS Parent/Teacher Conf., Gr. 5-8

    GFMS early dismissal at 11:05am

    George Fischer Middle School
  • 7-11pm, CCSD Booster Club Gala, Crowne Plaza, Danbury, CT

    Carmel Central School District
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 Good Morning Parents and Guardians,
 Tonight’s Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences are re-scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th from 6-8:30 PM.
  If the district has a two or three-hour delay tomorrow (11/16), GFMS students only will not report to school, but conferences would still be held. See below for detailed explanation:

Two or Three-Hour Delay tomorrow (11/16) - No school for GFMS STUDENTS ONLY, but conferences held from Noon-2 PM.

No School for CCSD tomorrow (11/16) - Half-day for GFMS students on December 5th (11:00 dismissal).  Conferences Noon-2 PM AND Evening Conferences 6-8:30 PM.

Thank you and be safe.

John Piscitella
, Principal

Dates to remember

Veterans' Day is November 12 - no school

Thanksgiving Holiday is November 21-23 - no school

PTA Reflections entries are due on November 27

Picture retakes will happen on November 27 during lunch periods in the gym

Staff Development day November 30 that will be 1/2 day for students with dismissal at 11:05 am. 

Please continue to check the GFMS website for updates.

John Piscitella
GFMS Principal


 845-228-2300 ext. 525


Grade 5 - Principal - J. Piscitella  jpiscite@carmelschools.org  

Grade 8 - Assistant Principal ext. 507- C. Barrie  cbarrie@carmelschools.org   

Grade 7 - Assistant Principal ext. 511 - M. Kirk  mkirk@carmelschools.org

Grade 6 - Assistant Principal ext. 503 - N. Cyrus  ncyrus@carmelschools.org


    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). 

Grade 6 – Ms. Cyrus, ext. 503

Grade 7 – Mr. Kirk, ext. 511

Grade 8 – Mr. Barrie, ext. 507

Grade 5 – Mr. Piscitella, ext. 525



Please use the links below to access summer remediation:

Grade 5 Math - https://gfms.carmelschools.org/classes/67996/5th_grade_summer_math_2018/home

Grades 6-8 Math - http://www.mymathuniverse.com/ 

Grades 5-8 ELA, Science, Social Studies - https://portal.achieve3000.com/index







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







Please review the information regarding physicals and the requirements under the  NURSES' NOTES.  This is a new policy.   district physical letter 5-18.pdf 



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.


November 15 - Parent Teacher Conferences - 6-8:30 pm

November 16 - Early Dismissal 11:05 am - Parent Teacher Conferences,  noon - 2:30 pm

November 21 - 23 - Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

November 27 - PTA Reflections entries Due

November 27 - Picture re-takes during lunch periods in the gym

November 30 - Staff Development Day - early dismissal 11:05 am



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  




5th Grade  Halloween Party - Friday, October 26 from 2:30-4:00 pm in Cafeteria - Tickets are $5 and sold in homerooms.  Permission slips will be given out in homerooms and should be returned with the $5 by 10/26.  Students should wear black & orange (NO COSTUMES).  Snacks/beverages are available for purchase for $1.  Parents MUST come into the gymnasium to pick up their child at 4 pm. 

6TH AND 7TH GRADE HALLOWEEN PARTY will be from 7 - 9 pm on Friday, October 26 in the cafeteria.  Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 and snacks/beverages will be available for purchase for $1.  Students are invited to wear black and orange or festive Halloween shirts; NO costumes.  Parents can pick up their child at 9 pm in the gymnasium.

2017-2018 Graduation 8th Grade Slideshow!

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.

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