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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.

Student Contest for Design of New State License Plate

License to Educate

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.

Read the full press release here.


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.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

2018 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Visit the Essay Contest Website

Submission deadline: January 4, 2018



  • Contest Topic

  • Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK's birth. Essay length: 700 – 1,000 words.
  • Special Awards 

  • Cash awards up to $10,000
  • $500 grant for nominating teacher of winner
  • Expense–paid trip to Boston for winner and nominating teacher
  • Teacher Resources

  • Curriculum materials
  • Excerpts from Profiles in Courage
  • Related Common Core and national standards

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, 
please visit

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.

Intertribal Agriculture Council 

Deadline is October 15, 2017

The Intertribal Agriculture Council is now accepting entries for the 2017 Youth Essay Contest. The essay topic is "What does my community need in the Farm Bill?" All youth interested in attending the 2017 IAC Youth Conference during IAC's Annual Meeting are required to submit an essay.

Essay Guidelines:

1,000-1,500 words submitted via online application available at Essays will be judged on organization of information, spelling and punctuation, quality of grammar and quality of entry. Three finalists will be chosen and honored during the IAC Annual Meeting and Youth Alliance Conference.

All essays will be reviewed using the following point system:

  • 1 point for answering each essay question (4 total)
  • 1 point if you have not attended IAC's Membership Meeting in Las Vegas
  • 1 point if you HAVE attended the Youth Ag Summit in Arkansas
  • 1 point if you submit essay before the early deadline - October 1, 2017

Finalists and other participants will be notified and travel arrangements made by November 1, 2017.

For more information, contact Kelsey Ducheneaux, Youth Programs Coordinator at 605-964-8320 or email



Welcome to the Cowboy Connection!

It's time for the May edition of Cowboy Connection from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Oklahoma State University.

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.

Fall 2017

Saturday, July 15

Saturday Campus Tour

Saturday, August 5

Saturday Campus Tour

Saturday, September 16

Saturday Campus Tour

Tuesday, September 19

Principal & Counselor Conference

Friday, September 22

Orange Friday

Saturday, October 7

Saturday Campus Tour

Friday, October 13

Orange Friday

Monday, October 16

Scholars Day

Monday, October 30

OSU Up Close

Friday, November 3

Orange Friday

Saturday, November 11

Saturday Campus Tour/Oklahoma's Promise Tour

Friday, November 17

Orange Friday


Spring 2018

Saturday, January 20

Senior Day

Saturday, February 17

Saturday Campus Tour

Saturday, March 17

Saturday Campus Tour

Saturday, April 21

Junior Day

Saturday, May 19

Saturday Campus Tour

Saturday, June 16

Saturday Campus Tour

Saturday, July 14

Saturday Campus Tour


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 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.

Tuesday, June 6


Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Wednesday, June 7


Oklahoma State University

Friday, June 9


Northwestern OSU

Tuesday, June 13


Southeastern OSU

Wednesday, June 14


Sequoyah High School

Thursday, June 15


Cameron University


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.

Follow Us on Social Media

If you don't already, please follow us on our social accounts by searching Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for BeAnOSUCowboy. We update often and it's another great source of information about what's happening on campus.

2017 Important Dates

July 1: OSU's Final Scholarship Deadline for updated transcripts & test scores for Senior Class 2017
July 1: Application opens for students about to begin their senior year of 2018

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Academic All-State

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 to find out what you need to do to qualify and to enroll in the program for NCAA.  For NAIA go to  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.

Chickasaw Students

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.


Air Force

Find an Admissions Advisor by Region

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.

Outreach Events
 Learn more about the United States Air Force Academy!  We have representatives at multiple outreach events throughout the year. Click here to find upcoming events in your area.

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KEY Dates:

  • Deadline for submitting the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire online is December 31.
  • Congressional representatives and other nominating entities submit nominations to the Academy between December 1 and January 31.
  • Applications for our Summer Seminar program are open from December 1 through January 15.  This program gives high school juniors a chance to see what life at the United States Air Force Academy is really like.  Limited spaces are available.

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:

  • Personal life experiences, including having overcome adversity by personal efforts
  • Geographic background, such as region, rural, suburban, urban
  • Socioeconomic and educational background, such as academic excellence and/or whether an individual would be a first generation college student
  • Cultural knowledge and language abilities, with particular emphasis on cultures and languages of strategic importance to the Air Force
  • Work background, including prior enlisted service
  • Physical abilities, including athletic prowess
  • Age, though applicants must be within statutory parameters for academy attendance

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

Campus Tours

If you have students who are interested in pursuing an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy and plan to visit the campus, they may wish to participate in an escorted tour and admissions briefing. Offered during the academic year to middle school, high school, and post-high school students, tours can help individuals gain a deeper understanding of the United States Air Force Academy environment. Escorted tours are conducted regularly throughout the academic year and require reservations 14 days in advance. 

We also offer Game Day tours. After the tour, participants will be allowed to purchase discounted tickets to cheer on our AF Falcons for football, hockey, and men’s and women’s basketball. 

For more on available dates for both tours, please go here or call 1-800-443-3864.


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.


Contact Information

Allen Public Schools
105 North Denver
Allen, Oklahoma 74825

Office hours 8am – 4pm

Phone: 580-857-2416
Fax: 580-857-2636

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