Guidance Department Newsletter

News for November

Welcome to Guidance!

In an effort to better reach our parents and students with relevant information on what is going on in the Socastee High School Guidance Department, we have created this monthly newsletter. We will address all the topics that pertain to our guidance department and share information that you need to know to keep your student on track for a successful graduation.

Time to Schedule your IGP

Parents, it’s time to schedule your student’s Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) Meeting. IGP Meetings are completed for every grade level, 9th through 12th. The IGP Meeting is an opportunity for us to look at graduation requirements and make sure your student is on track to graduate. We also discuss college plans and make sure you are completing the requirements necessary for your post-high school plans.

If you’re still undecided on what you want to do after high school it’s okay. The IGP meeting gives us a chance to discuss some options and explore your college and career possibilities.

IGP meetings will be held virtually this year due to parents and visitors not able to come into the building. We are virtually meeting with parents anytime from now until we leave on Winter Break. Meetings are arranged anytime from 8 AM until 3 PM, Monday through Friday. Please contact the appropriate counselor via e-mail and arrange your appointment. A link to a virtual meeting will be sent after we schedule the meeting. We can be flexible with schedules so let us know what works best with you. This is an important meeting and we want everyone to have their chance to complete the IGP meeting this year. We look forward to meeting with you and your student.

Join your Google Classroom

Students - Be sure to use the links below to join the Google Classroom for your graduating class! We post a lot of informative information on Google Classroom so make sure you are not missing out!

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Help for the Holidays

We understand that this year has been more difficult than many families had anticipated. COVID-19 has impacted everyone in some way. The Socastee Guidance Department is here to assist our families in need. If you need assistance this holiday season (either Thanksgiving meals or Christmas presents) Socastee High School may be able to help you. Everyone’s situation is different and COVID has affected all of us differently this year. You may be in a position where someone has lost an income or a family member is sick and you could just use some help. We have resources that could help you through this difficult time. We typically provide meals at Thanksgiving to families in need and we can also provide presents during the Holiday season. Please don’t be afraid to talk with your guidance counselor about your situation to see if we can help. Everything will be very confidential. Please contact us by Wednesday, November 18 if you would like assistance for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Likewise, if you are in a position where you would like to provide financial assistance to a Socasteee family this year, we are always grateful for any donations we receive in guidance. Although we do accept donations of any kind throughout the year, we are particularly thankful for any amount during the holiday season. 100% of all donations that we take go directly to the families in need at our school and all donations stay in the school community.

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More Than a Meal

In an effort to ensure the needs of our students are being met, the USDA is providing additional funding for meals to be provided for students. Any student is able to take advantage of this opportunity. Students will be able to take home 2 breakfast meals, 2 lunch meals, milk, and juice on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons. A-Day students may pick up meals on Tuesdays and G/B-Day students may pick up meals on Thursdays. There will be 2 pick-up locations: under the awning in the bus lot exit and in the Commons.

See the attached flyer for more information.



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School Based ACT and SAT (for juniors)

Who: All students in their 3rd year of high school (or any senior who did not take the school based ACT or SAT last year) will have the option to take the SAT or ACT for FREE during 2nd semester.

When: ACT—Feb. 23, 2021

SAT—March 3, 2021

How do I sign up? A parent/guardian form has been shared with you via email. The signed form must be returned to your counselor no later than November 25th. Please print out the form, sign it, and return it to your assigned counselor via email, attachment, screen shot, or drop it off in the front of Guidance.

Please remember—You do not need the ACT/SAT to graduate from high school. These assessments are used for college entrance. They are accepted by colleges/universities around the country.

If you are planning on going to a technical college after high school please note that HGTC will accept ACT/SAT scores but they also have a placement exam called the Accuplacer. You may read more information about that exam at:


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) helps measure developed abilities as well as predict future academic and occupational success. Although it is administered by the United States Military taking this exam does not require a participant to enlist in military services. This is a great opportunity for students who are undecided about their careers to explore options based on a valid measure. Even if you are not interested at all in military service, this is a great opportunity for you.

The test is given on December 10 and students must register in advance. Please use the link to the Google Form to sign up for the ASVAB before December 4. You must be at least 16 years old on the day of the test.

It is also advised that you utilize the ASVAB preparation websites to give you an idea of what to expect on test day. You can prepare for the ASVAB by clicking on the links below. or

Ready for your EOC

The End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) is a statewide assessment program of end-of-course tests for gateway courses awarded units of credit in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The EOCEP encourages instruction in the specific standards for the courses, encourages student achievement, and documents the level of students’ mastery of the academic standards. Gateway courses in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies will be defined by the State Board of Education. EOCEP examination scores count 10 percent in the calculation of the student’s final grade in gateway courses. Defined gateway courses currently include Algebra 1, Intermediate Algebra, Biology 1, English 1, English 2, and United States History and the Constitution, or courses with other names and activity codes in which the academic standards corresponding to these subjects are taught.

To meet federal accountability requirements, the EOCEP in English/language arts, mathematics, and science must be administered to all public-school students, including those students as required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and by Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

To receive a South Carolina high school diploma, students are required to pass a high school credit course in science, and a high school credit course in United States history in which the state’s end of course examinations are administered. Currently these courses are Biology 1 (science) and United States History and the Constitution (social studies).

Our Tentative dates right now for EOC Testing are as follows: (schedule could change based on model we are in)

English 1 Writing-1/5/2021 8:25am

English 1 Reading-1/11/2021 8:25am

English 2 Writing-1/5/2021 8:25am

English 2 Reading-1/11/2021 8:25am

Algebra 1-1/12/2021 8:25am

Biology 1-1/19/2021 8:25am

US History & Constitution-1/20/2021 8:25am

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Junior Class Rings

There is still time to order your ring from Herff Jones by visiting All juniors are encouraged to order a class ring during Junior year. The date for the Junior Ring Ceremony is tentatively set for Tuesday, January 12. We are looking at hosting the Ring Ceremony at two separate times that evening so that we can meet all social distancing guidelines for those that want to be involved. Any student who wants to participate will be invited, even if you did not order your ring from Herff Jones.

More information will follow as we get closer to the date, but if you have any questions or concerns please let your counselor know. One person will present the ring on stage to the junior. This is a special night for the juniors to receive an everlasting part of their high school journey. We look forward to you joining us for this momentous occasion.