Charter Middle School for Applied Technologies
24 Shoshone Street • Buffalo, N.Y. 14214 • (716) 710-3065 • (716) 862-3912 Fax • www.csat-k12.org
Mr. J. Efrain Martinez, Superintendent
Mr. Brandon Pafk, Principal - CMSAT
Mrs. Nadine Williamson - CMSAT
June 1, 2015
The 2014 – 2015 school year has gone very smoothly, and we cannot thank you enough for your
support in this endeavour. The transitioning of grades 6 – 8 to the new middle school location at
24 Shoshone Street has been a success. We are hopeful that the 2015 – 2016 school year will
bring us even more success!
With the current school year coming to a close, we want to focus your attention on the required
summer reading project for all CMSAT students. The summer reading program is just one way
to keep students engaged during the summer months, in between school years.
Each student will be given a summer reading assignment packet before the end of the school
year. They are to borrow a book from the local library or purchase a copy of one of the books
listed and use it to complete the summer reading assignment. The completed assignment
will be turned into your child’s reading teacher (for grade 6 students) or ELA
teacher (for grades 7 & 8 students) on or before August 28, 2015. The project will be
your child’s first grade in quarter one.
In addition to completing the required summer reading project, your child may choose to
complete a bonus project as well. The optional bonus project should be turned into
your child’s reading teacher (for grade 6 students) or ELA teacher (for grades 7 & 8
students) on or before August 28, 2015. Any student who completes and turns in their
bonus project will receive a surprise incentive.
In addition to the bonus option, we will have other fun surprises taking place throughout the
summer. Visit our school webpage at www.csat-k12.org to learn about reading activities over the
If you are in need of further information please contact the main office at (716) 710-3065. Have a
super summer and keep reading!
Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the
kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost--a dark and dreary place
protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave.
Stripped of their magical powers, the villains now live in total
isolation, forgotten by the world.
Mal learns from her mother, Maleficent, that the key to true
darkness, the Dragon's Eye, is located inside her scepter in the
forbidden fortress on the far side of the island. The eye is cursed,
and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a
thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a
little help from her "friends." In their quest for the Dragon's Eye,
these four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an
evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up
until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school.
Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to
be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get
past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York
Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award
master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to
include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These
perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle
with empathy ,compassion, and acceptance.
"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon,
senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones:
Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of
Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young
people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart
and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on
kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater
appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero
to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend
in when you were born to stand out.
Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but
she has a photographic memory; e can remember every detail of
everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of
the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates
in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who
dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them
otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And
she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.
Twins Josh and Jordan are junior high basketball stars, thanks
in large part to the coaching of their dad, a former professional
baller who was forced to quit playing for health reasons, and the
firm, but loving support of their assistant-principal mom. Josh,
better known as Filthy McNasty, earned his nickname for his
enviable skills on the court: "…when Filthy gets hot/He has a
SLAMMERIFIC SHOT." In this novel in verse, the brothers begin
moving apart from each other for the first time. Jordan starts dating
the "pulchritudinous" Miss Sweet Tea, and Josh has a tough time
keeping his jealousy and feelings of abandonment in control.
Alexander's poems vary from the pulsing, aggressive beats of a
basketball game to the more introspective musings of a child
struggling into adolescence. Despite his immaturity, Josh is a
likable, funny, and authentic character. Underscoring the sports
and the fraternal tension is a portrait of a family that truly loves and
supports one another. Alexander has crafted a story that vibrates
with energy and heart.
You will have an opportunity to receive extra credit! If
you read an additional book of your own choosing or that is on the
book list, you can complete one of the following assignments and
receive extra credit for ELA!
Option #1: Create a Movie Poster! If your novel were turned
into a movie, what would it look like? Who would play the main
characters? Make sure it models an “authentic” poster.
Option #2: Comic Strip: Create a comic strip of a main scene
in your novel. Make sure it is complete with captions so it is clear as
to what is going on and why it is important.
Option #3: Alternative Ending: If you could, how would you
change the ending of your novel? Write at least a one-page
alternative ending to your book. What would be different? Be very
Remember, this is BONUS! It is to be done
in addition to the required reading assignment!