Education notebook | Online tutorials available to learn about Horry County Schools

02/01/2013 5:55 PM

02/01/2013 5:56 PM

MYRTLE BEACH Parents who want help navigating the ins and outs of Horry County Schools will be glad to find the online tutorials from How To U, located on the district’s YouTube page.

“The general idea was to provide our community with some of the everyday steps of going digital with our programs,” said district communications specialist Ben Coy, who works with the program.

How To U can be found by going to the district’s website,, and scrolling down to the YouTube icon, which will bring up the Horry County Schools page when clicked. The page shows featured playlists, and the second one contains the How To U tutorials.

Coy said the project began last fall, and there are four tutorials to choose from so far. Topics include an overview of how social media is used in the district, quick tips for sharing through social media, quick tips on Facebook notifications and a look at the secondary education guide, which walks through district program options, such as Early College High School and Scholars Academy.

Tutorials will continue to be added to How To U, but the YouTube page also opens other windows on the district, including the latest “Inside Horry County Schools” videos, which run on TV channels 4 and 12.

Teachers earn, renew national certification

Twenty-one Horry County Schools teachers are among the 291 from South Carolina who earned National Board Certification in 2012, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

HCS ranks third in the state for the number of teachers with this new designation, while South Carolina ranks third in the country in the number of teachers with national certification. To date, 418 HCS teachers have earned this distinction. In addition to the newly named teachers, 12 others also earned certificate renewals.

Teachers seeking the certification undertake a two-part process that takes from one to three years to complete. The process requires candidates to reflect on their classroom practices, understanding of subject material and preparation techniques. In addition to preparing a portfolio with videotapes of classroom teaching, lesson plans, student work samples and reflective essays, teachers must complete assessment center exercises based on content knowledge.

The newly named teachers are Gretchen Almeida, Forestbrook Middle School; Ellen Barnes, Blackwater Middle School; Bianca Bashor, Burgess Elementary School; Cassandra Beale, River Oaks Elementary School; Linda Carneiro, Conway High School; Heather Cook, Loris Elementary School; Ryan Gerald, Green Sea Floyds Elementary School; Chad Hawks, Forestbrook Middle School; Jessica Hilburn, Palmetto Bays Elementary School; Adam Jones, St. James High School; Susan Kenerson, Ocean Bay Middle School; Marsha Lawson, South Conway Elementary School; Pamela Lesley, Forestbrook Middle School; Michelle Money, Forestbrook Middle School; Tiffany O’Hara, St. James Elementary School; Jennifer Pierce, Loris High School; Alison Reichert, North Myrtle Beach High School; Steve Santangelo, Forestbrook Middle School; Tyson Smith, Socastee High School; Byron Towner, St. James Middle School; and Kelly Velazquez, Forestbrook Elementary School.

The teachers earning renewals are Jennifer Barker, St. James High School; Stacey Baynham, Conway High School; Sabra Bell, Waccamaw Elementary School; Robert Christy, Conway High School; Connie Christy, Aynor Elementary School; Cindy Martin, Academy for Technology and Academics; Donna Mitchell, Socastee High School; Brian Moss, Carolina Forest Elementary School; Tina Oshima, Forestbrook Middle School; Cecilia Rea, Forestbrook Middle School; Carol Sambroak, Pee Dee Elementary School; and Renea Stephens, Carolina Forest High School.

Officials break ground for Scholars building

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for Horry County Schools’ Scholars Academy Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The academy is located on the Coastal Carolina University campus, and the new school is being built there at 104 Chanticleer Drive, Conway.

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