Guidance Department Newsletter

News for March

Welcome to Guidance

As the third quarter winds down, counselors have started looking ahead to next school year! This time of year in the guidance office is known for two things, course selection and testing! Counselors are in the classrooms over the coming weeks to assist students with their course selections for next year. This is an important process and students should take it seriously.

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!

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**WHEN CONTACTING YOUR COUNSELOR, PLEASE USE THEIR HORRY COUNTY SCHOOLS E-MAIL ACCOUNT. THE GMAIL ACCOUNTS ARE NOT CONTINUOUSLY MONITORED.**

Who to contact in guidance

Director of Guidance responsible for 504 Plans and PACE Program

Mr. Robb Urbaniak - (843) 293-9043

rurbaniak@horrycountyschools.net


Grades 9th through 12th your guidance counselor assignments are:

Last Name A-E

Mrs. Margaret Adams - (843) 293-9034

madams001@horrycountyschools.net


Last Name F-K

Mrs. Frances Keller - (843) 293-9053

fkeller@horrycountyschools.net


Last Name L-Q

Mr. Derrick Hilton - (843) 293-9052

dhilton@horrycountyschools.net


Last Name R-Z

Mrs. Suzanne Renfrow - (843) 293-9045

srenfrow@horrycountyschools.net


Guidance Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Mary Kirkham - (843) 293-9031

mkirkham@horrycountyschools.net


Registrar

Ms. Dawn Meehan - (843) 293-2513 ext. 713256

dmeehan@horrycountyschools.net

Important Dates

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

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WorkKeys for all juniors

All third year high school students will take the WorkKeys exam. This assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace, and helps to measure the workplace skills that can affect job performance.

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

Counselors are in classrooms for the next three weeks to assist students with their course selection for next year. Counselors will visit every 2nd block class from now until Spring Break to work with students on selecting courses for next school year. This is an extremely valuable opportunity for students to take part in their future goals by selecting the classes they want to take next school year.

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

Students still interested in pursuing the PACE Program at HGTC for the 2022-2023 school year, you can still select HGTC as an option as you are selecting your courses for next year. If you were unable to make our meeting, we have more information available about this program and you can still sign up! PACE is available during your Junior and Senior year and open to any student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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.

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IGP Meetings

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

Socastee High School will offer the SAT on Saturday, May 7. This spring administration of the SAT is open to any interested student, but typically targeted towards college-bound juniors.

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.

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Need My Transcript

SENIORS - We partner with a company called Need My Transcript to process and send your transcripts to colleges. All transcript requests must go through the Need My Transcript website. A link to the website is provided here.

https://needmytranscript.com/SC/Myrtle-Beach/transcriptrequest/Socastee-High

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.

Quest Bridge

Outstanding students from low-income backgrounds may be interested in pairing with competitive colleges for an opportunity to attend higher education. Quest Bridge matches students of low-income backgrounds with colleges so that the cost of higher education does not stand as a barrier to furthering your education. Eligible students could earn up to a full scholarship to various schools, as well as expert guidance on college applications and personalized feedback on essays.

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.

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Senior Supply Orders

Herff Jones was on campus last week to meet with seniors to complete their senior supply orders. At minimum, all seniors must order a cap and gown, tassel, and diploma cover, but other options are available as well. Students should order as soon as possible. Herff Jones will work with you on a payment plan if you are unable to afford all of your materials up front. Do not delay in ordering graduation supplies! You can order online at HJCarolina.com or pick up an order packet in guidance.

Senior supplies will be delivered to the school in April.

Order Packet for Senior Supplies

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.

A complete list of jobs is available here.


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.

Google Classroom Codes

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!


Class of 2022 - 7vk5zbq


Class of 2023 - ycvei2r


Class of 2024 - uo6d2jg


Class of 2025 - 6aieepl