Guidance Department Newsletter

News for October

Welcome to Guidance

In an effort to best reach all of our parents and students with relevant information from the Socastee High School Guidance Office, we publish this monthly newsletter. This newsletter will address all the topics that pertain to our guidance department. It is a great resource of what to expect in the coming months as well as who to contact when you need assistance. Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter!
Big picture

Who to Contact in Guidance

Director of Guidance responsible for 504 Plans and PACE

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

Currently Mrs. Keller is out of the office. SENIORS may contact Mr. Urbaniak.

Grades 9th through 11th please contact

Mrs. Helen Edwards - (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


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

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 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. 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.

Big picture

MAP Testing

All freshmen students are required by law to take the state administered MAP Test in both Reading and Math. The test will be divided over a few days starting on Monday, October 4.

Students with the Last Name starting with A-Love will take the Reading test on Monday and the Math test on Thursday.

Students with the Last Name starting with Lowe-Z will take the Reading test on Tuesday and the Math test on Wednesday.

Students should be on time for testing and we ask parents to not schedule any appointments on the days your student is scheduled to test.

For more information on MAP Testing please direct questions to Mrs. Wilkes,


The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and PSAT 10 measure what students learn in school, determine if students are on track for college success, and open doors for opportunities to prepare and pay for college. The PSAT/NMSQT is open to all 10th as well as 11th graders who are enrolled in Honors, AP, or IB English or Math courses at Socastee High School. The PSAT is offered on Wednesday, October 13 starting at 8:30 AM. This is the only time students have to test, and there will not be a make-up test day for this exam.

Juniors who are not enrolled in an Honors, AP, or IB English or Math course may still register for the PSAT at a cost of $15. Please contact Mr. Hilton to register.

If you wish to have your student opt out of testing please complete the Google Form linked below. Students will have until Wednesday, October 6 to opt out of testing. Students will not be able to opt out of testing on the day of the test.

If you have additional questions about the PSAT/NMSQT please reach out to your student's counselor.

WIN Testing

Employers recognize or highly recommend a Ready to Work credential for jobs across occupations and industries to assess foundational skills in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information, as well as Essential Soft Skills.

Seniors who did not earn a Silver or higher on the WIN Testing this past Spring will be given another opportunity to improve their Career Readiness Skills by retaking the WIN Test in October. This administration is only for seniors who have already tested in the Spring.

Students who are selected to test will receive more information this month. Testing for those students is mandatory and will occur the week of October 25.


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.

We typically administer this exam the first week of December and students must register in advance. 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

Big picture

Junior Class Rings

Juniors - Herff Jones will be back on campus one last time taking orders for Junior Class Rings. They will be in the Multi-Purpose Room on Tuesday, October 5 from 4 PM to 6 PM. No appointment necessary, please just stop by to order your ring in person. This is the last opportunity to order your ring in person.

Information for the Junior Class Ring Ceremony will be shared later this semester.

Big picture

Ed Op Day

Juniors and Seniors interested in pursuing college after high school will have two opportunities to meet college admission counselors at Ed Op Day hosted the first week of October.

SENIORS will have an on-campus visit in the Socastee High School Gym on Wednesday, October 6 at 12:15 PM. Admission representatives from over 40 colleges and universities will be on campus to discuss their colleges. Seniors will be called to the Gym at the start of the event.

The next evening, Thursday, October 7, JUNIORS and SENIORS will have another opportunity for Ed Op Day at St. James High School starting at 5:30 PM. Juniors and Seniors are welcome to attend this event.

In an effort to make gathering information from college counselors easier, Horry County Schools has partnered with Students can create an account at to register prior to the event and to receive a barcode. They receive it right away, and also receive a reminder barcode sent via text and email 2 hours prior to the fair. This barcode allows colleges to scan their information and streamline the process to collect information from each college. Please visit to set up your account TODAY!

Big picture

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.

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.

Big picture

Tutoring Schedule

Socastee High School teachers provide tutoring on a weekly basis is all subject areas. If you need additional help in a class please consult our tutoring schedule.

You can tutor with any teacher in the department, it does not have to be with your specific teacher. However, you are always welcome to reach out to your teacher to inquire about their tutoring hours.

Big picture

Spring PACE Courses

Juniors and Seniors who are interested in pursuing courses in the Dual Enrollment program with Horry Georgetown Technical College can sign up for PACE courses for the Spring Semester. Registration for Spring courses is available until December 1. Interested students should contact Mr. Urbaniak for more information and for a link to the online application.

Students can earn college credit while enrolled in high school and HGTC has a number of courses to complete, including Intro to Sociology, Public Speaking, Art or Music Appreciation, Ethics, Geography, English, Statistics, Psychology, and others.

The application deadline is a firm deadline. Students must complete the online application as well as the supplemental documentation in order to be considered for the PACE Program. The Program is only available to students in their third or fourth year of high school.

Please contact Mr. Urbaniak with any questions.

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

Important Dates

MAP TESTING (ALL Freshmen) - Monday, October 4 through Thursday, October 7

RING ORDERS (Juniors) - Tuesday, October 5

ED OP DAY (SENIORS ONLY) - Wednesday, October 6

ED OP EVENING EVENT (Juniors and Seniors) - Thursday, October 7

SCHOOL CLOSED - Monday, October 11


PSAT TESTING (ALL Sophomores and Honors Juniors) - Wednesday, October 13

HOMECOMING - Friday, October 15

COGAT TESTING - Wednesday, October 20


Students in Need - Help for Holidays

We understand that the past few years have 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 Friday, November 5 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.