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2018-2019 Required Reading List

See the list of books that Central students will be reading for class this year.

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7th Grade Folk Tales

Great fun in the library bringing folktales to life in our own unique Central way. Thanks to Eric Dabney and all the 7th grade students for a fabulous storytelling day.


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.



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.

tyler painting

Murder Mystery

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.

nursing home

Our 3rd annual book tree created with over 600 books is center stage in the Central media center.

Book Tree Catherie 2016

Election Day!

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.

Characters from Books Luncheon

characters 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.

Central Middle School – A Culture of Reading

Kids with books

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


Joelle Charboneau's visit with ALL Central students on March 7th was phenomenal. She spoke to each grade in the cafeteria with a portrait of her in the background. The portrait was drawn and painted by a very talented 8th grade student, Addison Hecker.
Joelle Charboneau’s visit with ALL Central students on March 7th was phenomenal. She spoke to each grade in the cafeteria with a portrait of her in the background. The portrait was drawn and painted by a very talented 8th grade student, Addison Hecker.


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.


The Victorian Tea: A Central Tradition

Victorian Tea

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.

sammy keyes