Reading Test for Driver License—September 19th--Updated
With state testing finished, I plan to administer the reading test on Tuesday, September 19th at 6:00. It is for students who are currently in grades 9-12. I do not have test scores from Spring 2017-so I do not know if you passed this test last year as an 8th grade—please check with me when you sign up—some of you took the STAR at the end of the lear.. Let me know if you are interested—I need to get the names entered into the computer for the test. Deadline to sign up is Monday, September 18th by noon. If you did not pass the test as an 8th grader, you must take this test in order to get your permit/license. This is an alternate test.
Native American College Visit to OSU-October 30th
Native American students interested in touring OSU, need to sign up with Mrs. Costner ASAP. I have to register you with the NYCP folks. Deadline to sign up is Monday, September 25th. This is open to all 10th-12th graders.
For juniors who signed up to take this test, it will be given on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the ag building. You will be receiving your study guides. All juniors, who do not have a fee waiver, must pay $16 to take the test. Money needs to be turned in before testing. If writing a check, make it payable to Allen Schools. This is the National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test.If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Costner. Sophomores will take a similar test in the spring.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister has announced a student art contest to design a new specialty license plate benefiting education. Proceeds from the purchase of the specialty plates will be used to bolster teacher recruitment efforts in Oklahoma.
In the License to Educate contest, students in Pre-K through 12th grade may submit original artwork, with the winning design ultimately selected by Oklahomans in an online vote.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will accept education-related artwork for the plate through Sept. 22. Students may submit entries digitally through the OSDE website or by mail. Entry forms are available on the OSDE website.
For more information, visit the License to Educate web page.
Career Discovery Day—9th Grade
We will be going to Ada on October 25th --leaving time from Allen will be 8:10. We will meet at ECU then students will go to different places and spend their day exploring a career in which they are interested. You do not need money. They will feed you lunch. We will meet back at ECU at 2:00 and head back to Allen. All 9th will attend.
Career Discover Day—10th Grade
All sophomores will attend Career Discovery Day at PTC in Ada on September 26th. We will leave at 9:00 a.m. and return about 11:45 a.m.
ACT National Test Dates and Information
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||(Late Fee Required)|
|September 9, 2017||August 4, 2017||August 5-18, 2017|
|October 28, 2017||September 22, 2017||September 23-October 6, 2017|
|December 9, 2017||November 3, 2017||November 4-17, 2017|
|February 10, 2018||January 12, 2018||January 13-19, 2018|
|April 14, 2018||March 9, 2018||March 10-23, 2018|
|June 9, 2018||May 4, 2018||May 5-18, 2018|
|July 14, 2018*||June 15, 2018||June 16-22, 2018|
Test fees: $46.00 and $62.50 with writing
Fee Waivers are available for students who qualify. You can use two fee waivers total during your junior and senior years. So you can use one your junior year and one your senior year or two your senior year. You can also apply for additional fee waiver through your tribal affiliation or upward bound. You cannot use them for late registration.
Al Hunt, Chair of the Profile in Courage Award Committee honors 2017 winner Daud Shad at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. (Photo by Matt Porter)
For complete guidelines, curriculum materials, and related video,
The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2018.
Oklahoma’s 2017 First Amendment Essay Contest
Students in grades 9-12 are invited to enter the 2017 Zach Taylor First First Amendment Essay Contest. For more information, see the bulletin board across from Mrs. Costner’s office. A handout will be available too. All entries must be received no later than October 18.
Welcome to the Cowboy Connection!
Apply in July
Students graduating May 2018 can be first in line to join their class at OSU. Plus, they get an exclusive, free T-shirt!
All they have to do is apply to OSU in July and be admitted by August 31 and they'll receive email instructions about how to claim their shirt.
Tell them not to miss out!
Event Schedule 2017-2018
Oklahoma State University hosts numerous events throughout the year to give students a better look at the university and what it offers. We also host daily campus tours that give students the opportunity to preview being part of the Cowboy family.
Continuing Academic Excellence at OSU
OSU students continue to receive national recognition for their hard work inside and outside the classroom.
Nicholas Nelsen, an OSU Honors College junior in a triple degree program, was recently named a Goldwater Scholar. He is the 20th student from OSU to be given this award.
Sydney Stewart is one of three OSU students who has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to conduct research in Germany during her 2017-2018 academic year.
These are just two outstanding examples from our student body who prove that no matter what your students' dreams and aspirations are, they can achieve them here at OSU.
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Scholarship
OSU’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology will offer five scholarships for freshmen enrolling in the fall 2017 semester. The scholarships will provide each awardee with $6,500 in funds and unique educational experiences within the department. The scholarships will be renewed each year with adequate academic progress for a full four years. In addition, the group of five students will travel to Panama to visit research facilities and examine tropical biodiversity. Students must major in Entomology and be Native American to be eligible. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Wyatt Hoback at email@example.com prior to June 1.
Opportunities for Students Interested in Medicine
The OSU Center for Health Sciences is invested in providing learning opportunities for Oklahoma youth interested in pursuing a career in medicine.
Operation Orange is a one-day camp hosted at six locations across the state. Students will participate in hands-on activities similar to what they would experience at medical school.
Registration is free but closes May 11th. Click here to register.
For students enrolled in FFA, OSU-CHS provides a three-day, on-campus experience called FFA Medical Immersion July 26-28. This program allows students to live first-hand the lifestyle of medical students and provides a focused learning experience tailored to what a primary care physician would experience in rural Oklahoma. For more information and to register, please click here.
OSU's Center for Sovereign Nations
Attached is an information sheet on OSU's Center for Sovereign Nations. It provides great information on the group's purpose and mission on campus.
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2017 Important Dates
July 1: OSU's Final Scholarship Deadline for updated transcripts & test scores for Senior Class 2017
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In order to be nominated for Academic All-State, you must have taken your ACT by December 1st. That means you must have taken the ACT by the October date and meet the requirements which include a 30 on the ACT. Please let me know ASAP if you meet these qualifications.
Oklahoma Academic Scholar
To qualify for this award, you must attain a 3.7 g.p.a. and score at least a 27 on your ACT. This award is turned in around March 1st. Please let me know if you meet these qualifications.
Senior Honor Student
In order to qualify to be an honor student at Allen HS, you must maintain a 3.50, meet the State Regents college entrance requirements and either take an extra math or science. This info is more detailed in your handbook. Please let me know if you have met these qualifications.
College Athletics--NCAA and NAIA
If you are planning to participate in athletics in college, now would be a good time to check out the NCAA website to find out what you must do to gain entry. It is your responsibility to inform us of your intentions at an early age. It is imperative that I know as your counselor to make sure you take the right classes. Go to http://www.eligibilitycenter.org to find out what you need to do to qualify and to enroll in the program for NCAA. For NAIA go to http://www.playnaia.org/eligibility-center. If you are going to play sports in college at an NCAA or NAIA school, you must register at the appropriate site. Make sure you inform me that you have registered. They do not tell me.
The Chickasaw Education Department has asked us to remind you to fill out an application if you would like to be included on the Chickasaw Honor Club. There is an application that you can pick up from the high school or elementary office and it will be faxed for you. You may also access this info online. If want money for good grades, fill it out.
If you or your students have questions or want more information about the United States Air Force Academy, please contact your area's admissions advisor, as well as the Admissions Liaison Officer (ALO) who lives in your community for your school. You can find those contacts here.
Rolling Deadlines: Applicants' specific deadlines to complete their file is posted on their portal. They must complete the required items by the deadline posted.
During a Student's Junior Year
Junior year is when the application process to the United States Air Force Academy truly begins. Students will start by filling out the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire, which becomes available online March 1 every year and starts the application process. When a student is ready to begin the application, they can visit the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire online.
Between March 1 of their junior year and December 31 of their senior year, they must also request nominations from their state’s congressional representative(s) or other designated nominators.
Who Are We Looking For?
The United States Air Force Academy strives to create a highly qualified and truly diverse cadet wing at the Academy each year. In addition to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity and gender, we are looking to expand our applicant pool across individual characteristics defined by our diversity definition, including:
We take a holistic view of our applicants. They're more than a GPA or standardized test score. We're looking for students who have a desire to serve and seek an education that is on par with highly selective colleges and universities. For our top diversity candidates, we offer the Falcon Visitation Experience. This opportunity gives prospective students an opportunity to spend three days on our campus to get a first-hand look at what United States Air Force Academy life is like. If you have students who may be a good fit for this program, please have them talk to their admissions advisor.
College Preview Dates
These are some dates that colleges will provide to me for campus preview days. It is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the colleges and universities in our state. Take advantage of these dates and go visit. Take some friends and go. You do not have to be a senior to attend. If I receive a poster, I will post it on the bulletin board outside my office or by your lockers. If you need to use my phone or computer to contact a college, just let me know.
If you are interested in talking to a recruiter about any branch of the military, please let me know. I have the names and numbers of recruiters and can get you in touch with them. There are many programs that are able to help you complete college and other training to meet your needs if you so choose. All male students who are 18 are required to register with the selective service. If you need to do this, please let me know.