The MSHS Upward Bound program has successfully organized a socially distanced summer program for enrolled students. Despite being physically apart, the summer program has continued to go on virtually, giving students a social opportunity as well as supplying a positive learning atmosphere completely free of charge for eligible students.
Usually, the summer program is in person at the high school, it follows a weekly schedule with each student individually taking an online class through COS as well as participating in learning activities at the school a few days a week. Due to the current situation of the world, everything is taking place online this year. The program compensates students with monthly stipend money. Students can also participate in the Work-Study program which pays students additional money per month for taking on a position that contributes to SUub. The Work-Study program also honors students with additional money for doing an internship in a field of interest or volunteer work over the duration of the summer.
In past years, the summer program has hosted a trip for college tours which also includes fun activities. Last year’s program took a charter bus through Oregon and Washington to tour colleges in the area, fun activities included ziplining and visiting the Space Needle. Unfortunately, with the guidelines surrounding COVID-19, a trip is not feasible for the summer program of 2020. However MSHS Upward Bound is doing everything possible to accommodate its students during these unprecedented times.
This year, students are still required to take an online course of their choice through either COS or Simpson University, all other activities are done online as well. Students have weekly one on one meetings with advisor Jeanine Masciola through Zoom, to make sure they are successful at meeting their responsibilities. Activities vary on a weekly basis with all learning activities taking place on Zoom or other online platforms. Zoom classes are optional but not participating leads to reduced stipend money.
During Weeks 1 and 2 students met with college representatives on Zoom to take virtual tours of campuses all around California. Week 3 provided students with the opportunity for SAT Math Bootcamp, a class that focused on preparing students for college entrance exams. Weeks 4 and 5 will provide an opportunity to learn about Drone Technology/Robotics with MSHS teacher Greg Eastman. Week 6, the final week of the program, will offer a Paleo Anthropology class with MSHS teacher Barbara Paulson. The summer program has been granted permission to meet in person a few days during weeks 4, 5, and 6 - taking all necessary precautions.
Although it is disappointing for both students and staff alike that they are limited to online learning, the MSHS Upward Bound summer program has made immense efforts to adapt itself to meet the needs of its students amidst these difficult times. The program has done everything possible to make the contents of its duration enjoyable as well as knowledgeable.
-Written by MSHS Rising Senior, Siena Maniatis
Question: How has SUub been helpful during this quarantine and how can SUub help you in the future?
“Jeanine is the bestest. She’s always been so sweet with everything as for help with questions for classes next year and stuff like that. During this quarantine, I think if you keep doing what you’re doing it will be perfect.” - MSHS Junior
“SUub can help during this quarantine by just preparing us for college and the SAT. Jeanine has helped me so much understand college and what I need to do to be successful. She is just overall an amazing person.” - MSHS Junior
“I think SUub will be great with helping me get extra assistance and tools (like Net Tutor … ) during this time. Jeanine helped a lot with planning out my classes on the first day of not having school.” - MSHS Freshman
“It has been super helpful to prepare for college.” - MSHS Junior
“This program helps keep me on task and focused on what my next step in life should be.” - MSHS Senior
“I think the only thing I would need from SUub as of now because of this quarantine is open access to communication with Jeanine in case I have any questions regarding the junior elective class I will be in next year.” - MSHS Sophomore
“It has helped with setting up some time to discuss classes and how to prepare for attempting to get into my dream college, how to move forward if I want to pursue the career I’m looking into.” - MSHS Sophomore
“SUub helped me see different colleges and opportunities, helped me prepare for the SAT, ACT, and Senior year of high school.” - MSHS Junior
“I can still get stipend money which is great, and the zoom meetings we have are fun and they really lift my spirits.” - MSHS Freshman
“Jeanine is the sweetest woman I have ever met! I know I can go to her if I need any emotional support or anything whatsoever.” - MSHS Junior
“The UB program has helped so far by just being a support to everyone, even if you aren’t in need.” - MSHS Freshman
“Upward Bound for me has really been something to help me strive for better grades because when you have a 4.0 you don’t have to do tutoring. Jeanine has been very helpful with planning future classes and looking into colleges I may be interested in going to.”
- MSHS Sophomore
“You have been helpful by checking in and giving students resources during this time and by making me feel like I am not alone in this.” - MSHS Senior
“SUub is an awesome program! I am really grateful to be one of the original cohort that got to see it all, and I am excited to come back in the summer/next year. I am excited to show Jeanine how much progress I have made with my grades. During this quarantine, I think it would be super helpful to have weekly check-ins for everyone. Working from home and staying motivated is a challenge; one that Jeanine would excel at easing! The UB program, especially Jeanine, has helped me maintain a positive outlook on school and meet new friends.” - MSHS Junior
“Jeanine and Mr. Eastman have both helped transition into the weird time that we are all going through and they have made sure that everyone is doing okay which has been nice.” - MSHS Sophomore
“Right now SUub is supporting me and helping me finish my year off strong. The program has helped me in many ways through stipends, FAFSA workshops, and guiding me in regards to my transition to college.” - MSHS Senior
Students of Upward Bound