Guidance Department Newsletter
News for March
Welcome to Guidance
And over the next few weeks most students will have at least some test to complete, either MAP, ACT, WorkKeys, AP or IB exams and EOC. We will do our best to keep you updated with dates and times of specific tests, but please know that in the coming weeks, counselors are hard at work for our students!
Who to contact in guidance
Director of Guidance responsible for 504 Plans and PACE Program
Mr. Robb Urbaniak - (843) 293-9043
Grades 9th through 12th your guidance counselor assignments are:
Last Name A-E
Mrs. Margaret Adams - (843) 293-9034
Last Name F-K
Mrs. Frances Keller - (843) 293-9053
Last Name L-Q
Mr. Derrick Hilton - (843) 293-9052
Last Name R-Z
Mrs. Suzanne Renfrow - (843) 293-9045
Guidance Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Mary Kirkham - (843) 293-9031
Ms. Dawn Meehan - (843) 293-2513 ext. 713256
SCHOOLS CLOSED - Monday, March 21, 2022
SCHOOL BASED ACT TESTING FOR JUNIORS - Tuesday, March 22, 2022
3rd QUARTER REPORT CARDS - Friday, April 1, 2022
SPRING BREAK - Monday, April 11 through Friday, April 15, 2022
WORKKEYS TESTING (ALL JUNIORS) - Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22, 2022
MEMORIAL DAY - Monday, May 30, 2022
TWO AND HALF HOUR EARLY DISMISSAL - Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3, 2022
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Friday, June 3, 2022
WorkKeys for all juniors
WorkKeys is required by the state of South Carolina and it replaces WIN Testing that was completed the past few years. ALL third year high school students are required to take WorkKeys, as well as any fourth year student who did not successfully earn a passing mark in the WIN test last year.
WorkKeys will be offered the week we return from Spring Break and students will be given more information about the test prior to Spring Break.
For questions or additional information on WorkKeys please see Mr. Urbaniak
Classroom Guidance and Course Selection
All core subject teachers (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) have make their recommendations for the next level course in their subject area. Students will select their elective options, as well as selecting alternates in case the first choice selection is unavailable.
The decisions and selections students make this month will directly affect the courses in which the student is enrolled for next year. It is very important that students take this process seriously and ask questions to the counselor. Ask your second block teacher when a counselor will visit your classroom, and be prepared to make your course selections.
PACE Program at HGTC
PACE courses at Horry Georgetown Technical College offer Junior and Senior students the opportunity to take college level classes while still enrolled in high school. PACE classes are rigorous, but they do offer students the chance to earn college credits while giving an added boost to the GPA. Many of the PACE are offered at no cost to the student.
Applications are now available online. You may apply online at www.hgtc.edu/pace/apply
The application should take about 45 minutes to complete, and it should be completed by the student, but you will need some information from a parent. Upon completion of your application you'll need to complete three supplemental documents that can also be done online at the end of the application. For more information please see Mr. Urbaniak in Guidance.
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 can now be held in-person if you are comfortable coming into the building, or can be conducted virtually if you would prefer. We are meeting with parents anytime from now until we leave on Spring 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. 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.
Spring SAT at Socastee
Students must register online by creating an account on www.collegeboard.org
The deadline to register is April 8, and there is a seating capacity for this test administration so please be sure to sign up early.
Please speak to your guidance counselor to see if this test administration is right for you.
Need My Transcript
If your college is requesting a copy of your transcript please use this website so that we may process it for you in a timely manner. Please note that your counselor will not be able to send your transcript directly to the college any longer. It must be processed on this website.
If you are applying through Common App, SendEDU, or another college application service you do not need to submit a request with NMT.
We want you to be familiar with this website because all final transcript requests must be completed on this website.
Students are entered into a college match service that could lead to many great opportunities to advance their education. For more information or to learn more about the program please visit www.questbridge.org. Deadline to apply is March 24, 2022. This opportunity is open to current juniors.
Senior Supply Orders
Senior supplies will be delivered to the school in April.
Senior Cap and Gown Pictures
Senior Cap & Gown pictures are confirmed and scheduled for Friday, March 18th, 2022 with School Bell Studios.
They will be held in the multi-purpose room for the day. Please follow the guidelines below to make this process go smoothly.
Students will be called for portraits alphabetically.
Academy and virtual students may come anytime 9am thru 2pm
This is a pre-pay program.
Only students purchasing cap & gown portraits will be photographed.
You will need to be prepared to pay at the camera on picture day.
100% refund if not satisfied. Packages will be delivered to SHS in 2 weeks.
We will provide the appropriate cap & gowns for portrait day, but you may certainly bring your own to ensure complete covid safety.
Boys: Please bring or wear a dress shirt and tie to wear under your gown.
Girls: We recommend an open neck blouse and jewelry of your choosing.
A collared shirt or turtle neck will work as well.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans are Hiring
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are hiring this summer! The nature of our business provides a great opportunity for students to get experience in a wide array of industries, all of which could help guide them into their post-graduate life, be that academically or within the workforce. Options include experience within the hospitality industry, digital media, turf science, sales, facility maintenance, and more.
They are also accepting applications to sing the National Anthem at their games. For more information you can view the application here.
Myrtle Beach Area Job Fair
Students interested in local employment this summer are invited to attend the Myrtle Beach Area Job Fair. As students gear up to find summer jobs, and our local employers are definitely hiring, students have this opportunity to connect with employers for summer employment. The Myrtle Beach Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 22nd from 2pm to 5pm at the DoubleTree Oceanfront in Myrtle Beach.
Flyer for the event can be seen here.
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