Required Reading List for 2017-2018
Best of Books will be selling the required reading books for grades 6-8 during
schedule pick-up day at Central. These books will be read in language arts and
literacy classes throughout the 2017-18 school year. Class sets will be provided
for each book to be kept in the classroom, but many students prefer to have their
personal copies. This allows them to highlight, take notes in the margins, and use
for outside assignments connected to the books. Twenty percent of all book
sales will go as store credit for the purchase of books for the library.
There will also be books for pleasure reading and other items available for
purchase. Central will be hosting four best-selling children’s and YA authors next
year. Their books will be available for students to purchase during schedule pick-
up day and have signed by those authors when they come in the fall and spring.
6th grade Language Arts:
Freak the Mighty
6th grade Literacy:
The Running Dream
7th grade Language Arts:
Saving Lucas Biggs
7th grade Literacy:
Touching Spirit Bear
8th grade Language Arts:
The Body in the Woods (author will be at Central in November)
And Then There Were None
Authors coming to Central next year:
Victoria Jamieson—Roller Derby (Graphic Novel)
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley—Jefferson’s Sons and the War That Saved My Life
April Henry—Body in the Woods, Girl Stolen, The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
Nathan Hale—Hazardous Tales Series (Graphic History)
Be part of Central’s summer reading club. Click here for the brochure.
Sequoyah Award Presentation
We had a great day at the Oklahoma Intermediate Sequoyah Award presentation with 52 Central students and multimedia teacher, Dianna Clark. Shelley Coriell, author of Goodbye, Rebel Blue gave a wonderful talk about how her personal story interweaves with Rebel Blue’s story. Several of our students participated in her interactive segment, demonstrating how many people are involved in getting a book published or made into a movie. Every student attending from Central was given a book to be signed by her.
March Madness Reading Tournament
It’s March Book Madness Reading Tournament time! Join us in participating in our 2nd annual Sweet 16 book reading campionship and help us crown a winner. Watch the video and vote for a book in each bracket through your English Language Arts classes.
JONATHAN AUXIER, YA AUTHOR, COMES TO CENTRAL
Central is honored to host award-winning YA author Jonathan Auxier on March 6th. He will be speaking to all three grades throughout the day. Selected students will be attending a luncheon with him. He will also be autographing books at a designated time during the day. Students may see Ms. Craven for order forms.
His books are: The Night Gardener on the 2017 Intermediate Sequoyah list, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, Sophie Guire and the Last Storyguard, Spirit Animals: Burning Tide.
Students have been working on art projects for his visit.
All 8th-grade students were treated to desserts, lemonade and a murder mystery, “Murder is Served” performed by several 8th grade students in Lady Craven’s mansion during three rotations in the media center on November 21st.
Students Present Book to AMG Rehab Center
Central students presented care givers at AMG Rehab Center and Specialty Hospital on 9th street with Wendelin Van Draanen’s YA book, The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones. The story is about Lincoln Jones, a twelve-year-old boy who spends his after-school hours at a memory care facility where his mother is a care giver.
Our 3rd annual book tree created with over 600 books is center stage in the Central media center.
Central students exercise their right to vote during a mock election held in the media center.
OU Presents Digital Day at Central
Central’s 7th grade science classes were treated to a fun, hands-on technology experience in the media center provided by The University of Oklahoma’s Digital Store. The students rotated stations as they experienced ozobots, virtual reality roller coasters, leap motion, and remote controlled robots.
Central’s Book Order Form for 2016-2017
Central’s Summer Reading Program
Well, it’s about that time again! School is almost out and summer will be here soon. In between sleeping in, hanging out with friends and going to bed late, why not squeeze in some reading? For more information on the Summer Reading Program, download the Summer Reading Program brochure. Central students who participate in the Summer Reading Program and fill out the Books I have Read form will earn prizes. Incoming sixth graders are also encouraged to participate. For reading ideas, check out this great list of summer reads – there’s something for everyone! For more book ideas, scroll down for a list of the 2016-2016 Intermediate Sequoyah nominees, or watch the book trailer for a quick preview.
Characters from Books Luncheon
The media center is hosting a characters from fiction, biographies, and nonfiction luncheon in the media center at 11:25 a.m. on May 12. Come dressed as your favorite character, place, or thing from a book. We will share our characters’ stories as we enjoy a tasty meal. See Ms. Craven about the details and sign up to attend.
Each month Central students have the opportunity to participate in Book Bistro. Students read the designated novel, then on the day of Book Bistro, students will meet in the media center during their lunch break for a lively discussion of the book and some delicious refreshments. For April’s Book Bistro, sixth graders read The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman and seventh and eighth graders read Peeled by Joan Bauer. Students interested in participating in Book Bistro may sign up in the media center.
STUDENTS SELECT A BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK
Central Media Center recently offered students the opportunity to have a blind date with a book. Books were wrapped and a “dating profile” describing the book was pasted on the front. Students selected books based on the profiles, and only after checking them out were they able to unwrap the books to see what they got. The students were happy with their selections and returned them after reading the entire book.
Introducing the 2016-2017 Intermediate Sequoyah Masterlist
New Book by Wendelin Van Draanen:
The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
Wendelin Van Draanen’s new book The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones will be released October 25, 2016. Watch out for Lincoln’s school librarian Carrie C. Raven – sound like anyone you know?
OU Presents Digital Day at Central Middle School
On April 8th, Central Middle School students had the unique opportunity to explore emerging technologies in the media center. OU presented Digital Day, offering students a hands-on experience with robots, programming, circuits, virtual reality and more. Students were encouraged to independently explore and experiment with the tools in an unstructured learning environment. OU staff and students were quick to answer questions and offer assistance to anyone who wanted help. Central students and teachers had a great time creating and experimenting using the devices set up at each of the stations. Many thanks to OU for this wonderful opportunity!
April is National School Library Month!
Stop by the media center to see how school libraries transform learning at Central Middle School! The butterflies with names show the number of books each of the top 30 students has read.
March Madness Reading Tournament
Central’s Media Center is hosting its first March Madness Reading Tournament. We will start the first round of voting through each grade’s English classes next Monday. Students will vote for one title from each bracket in the first round of Sweet Sixteen Titles. We will complete the voting on Wed., March 30th and announce the Elite Eight Titles on Thursday, March 31st. The second round of voting will begin on Friday, April 1st. The Final Four and Winner will be voted on the week of April 4th, with a Champion Book Title crowned on Friday, April 8th. Stay tuned for more details.
The winner of the first annual March Madness Reading Tournament is The Maze Runner by James Dashner!
THE BOOK GAME IS ON WITH A HALLWAY DISPLAY SHOWING THE TITLE BRACKETS.
Central Middle School – A Culture of Reading
The halls of Central Middle School are home to numerous tapestries and posters depicting well-loved books. A wall near the library features author portraits painted by Central students and signed by the authors themselves. Here, Central students pose with some of the unique book-related items around campus.
Joelle Charbonneau visits Central Middle School
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
In another Central tradition, sixth grade English students enjoyed bowls of soup in the media center while seeing scenes acted out from Sharon Creech’s novel Granny Torrelli Makes Soup. Teachers also shared inspirational stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Learning about Heredity, Selective Breeding and Dogs
On February 24, 2016, 7th grade science students came to the media center for a lesson about heredity, selective breeding and dogs, presented by Janet Miller, an OU student interning in the media center. Students have been studying heredity and selective breeding in their science classes and today learned how people used selective breeding to develop different dog breeds, all of which originated from tame wolves. Students had the opportunity to research the origins of the dog breed of their choice, create their own “designer dog” and play a game to test their ability to selectively breed dogs with certain traits.
African Americans of Achievement Silhouettes
In conjunction with African American History Month in February, sixth grade students at Central Middle School researched African Americans of Achievement and created silhouettes surrounded by information about the individuals they researched, including their achievements, memorable quotes and interesting facts.
2017 Sequoyah Intermediate Masterlist
1. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
2. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
3. El Deafo by Cece Bell
4. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
5. Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond
6. There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart
7. Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood by Nathan Hale
8. The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
9. Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis
10. Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
11. Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
12. Jackaby by William Ritter
13. Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague
14. Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin
15. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
The Victorian Tea: A Central Tradition
Each year in December, the media center hosts a Victorian Tea, which has become a beloved tradition at Central. This year, students dined on a variety of sweet and savory foods including turkey, potatoes, cookies and cakes. Sipping on cider and tea, the students enjoyed performances by the orchestra and drama students singing traditional carols and acting out scenes from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Many students dressed up for the occasion, and all were practicing their best manners as the Queen of England herself was in attendance.
Sonia Gensler visits Central Middle School
When Sonia Gensler visited Central Middle School she was welcomed in true Central fashion with plenty of fanfare and excitement. Gensler spoke to students about her work and the writing process and interacted with students on an individual basis while signing her books. Central drama students performed scenes from Gensler’s novels for an audience composed of their classmates and Gensler herself.
California Author Makes Grand Entrance
Wendelin Van Draanen, author of 32 books for young adults, has visited Central on six occasions. Her last visit included a grand entrance into the school cafeteria on a motorcycle in honor of her Sammy Keyes book, Sammy Keyes and the Wedding Crasher.