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  • Meet Our Team | CollinsvilleUBMS

    Desiree Tyus Director Bachelor's: University of Pennsylvania Master's: Johns Hopkins University ​ Desiree Tyus is no stranger to the benefits of TRiO college preparatory programs. She is a Ronald McNair Scholar and TRiO alumna. Tyus is passionate about education, putting children first and exposing people to new and exciting opportunities. She is thrilled to be working within Collinsville School District and is impressed by the district's leadership, commitment to students and community resources. ​ Tyus is eager to develop innovative ideas, network and collaborate with others, connect people to resources, advocate on behalf of children and parents, and produce results that will enhance the life of others. ​ She has an extensive background in grant management, program development and community relations. Tyus currently serves on the University of Pennsylvania's Secondary School Committee of Eastern Missouri/Southern Illinois as an Alumni Interviewer. Her past experiences include: serving an an executive for a for-profit educational center, offering federal supplemental educational services grant, STEM enrichment courses, SAT coaching, college-readiness preparation and personalized tutorial services; an executive for the Gateway Region YMCA, where she developed five programs for community development; board of directors member for the Illinois state PTA executive committee for five years, provided intervention services to Madison School District #10, and managed a 21st century federal grant for six years. She started her profession as a school teacher in Baltimore, Md., where she worked for five years before moving to Illinois . Tyus enjoys making memories with her children, traveling, learning languages, event planning, shopping with her mother, attending her monthly book club and proving to the world that she is indeed funnier than her best friend, Melissa! Melissa Bidinger Counselor/Tutor Bachelor's: Southeast Missouri State University Master's: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ​ Melissa Bidinger was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and got her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Corporate Communication from Southeast Missouri State University. During her undergraduate career, Melissa became heavily involved in Greek life, while jugging internships and jobs. Her college experience led to her passion for higher education, and ultimately pursuing her master's in college student personnel administration. Bidinger hopes to work for a university's Office of Greek Life after graduating. Her role in UBMS is to provide students with academic, emotional, social and multicultural support. In her free time, Bidinger enjoys camping, canoeing, sewing, and playing with her two rabbits. Harben Branco Counselor/Tutor Bachelor's: Iowa Wesleyan University Master's: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ​ Harben Branco was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and moved to the U.S. at the age of 17 during his senior year of high school. Branco, a student-athlete, graduated with a bachelor's in psychology. Currently, he is an exercise and sport psychology graduate student at SIUE. Brano aspires to help athletes elevate their performance by teaching them important mental skills. His role as an UBMS graduate assistant is to provide students with academic, emotional, social and multicultural aspects. Branco enjoys writing, exercising, playing soccer/basketball, and eating. ​ Haruka Kawata Counselor/Tutor Bachelor's: Lindenwood University Master's: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ​ Haruka Kawata was born and raised in Japan and moved to the U.S.after graduating high school. Currently, Kawata is an art therapy counseling graduate student at SIUE. Her dream is to work as an art therapist in the Greater St. Louis Area. Her role as an UBMS graduate assistant is to provide students with academic, emotional, social and multicultural support. Kawata enjoys hip-hop dancing, playing the piano, drawing/painting, running and cooking. ​ Robert Scott Counselor/Tutor Bachelor's: Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Master's: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ​ Robert Scott was raised in the Chicago area. He grew up with siblings and cousins around his age and developed a strong sense of competitiveness because of it. This sense of competitiveness has helped him motivate students on becoming their best possible selves. His role as an UBMS graduate assistant is to provide students with academic, emotional, social and multicultural support . Scott earned a bachelor's degree in economics and finance and is currently working on his master's in business administration at SIUE. Scott favors playing sports, creating art, listening to music, practicing playing instruments, and fishing. ​ Dr. Sarah Hobson English Instructor Kaitlin Carpenter Counselor/Tutor Bachelor's: Dartmouth College Master's: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English Doctorate: University of Pennsylvania ​ Dr. Sarah Hobson has been with TRIO Upward bound since 2018. She began her career as a classroom teacher of high school French, English, and Humanities. She taught as an Assistant Professor of Adolescence English Education at SUNY Cortland before returning to St. Louis to found Community Allies. Through Community Allies, she has launched Honoring Stories and Integrating Curriculum™ . This approach draws on ethnodrama and supports students in becoming change-makers, who learn how to use bridge-building communication (through production-oriented reading, research, writing, and presenting) with one another and with their teachers to begin making change together with others in one another's lives and on issues that matter to them. Students design their own ethnodramatic collaborations, through which they own their own learning processes and develop communication skills to connect meaningfully with a wide variety of audiences. ​ Through this approach, she supports K-16 teachers and faculty in coming together within and across disciplines and engaging in creative collaborative research into pressing regional, national and international issues and their own cultures, languages and literacies and into the cultures, languages and literacies of their students. Teachers also develop research methods and communication protocols that strengthen their competencies as bridge-builders, to one another, to students, and in our region, nation and world. Hobson also works with non-profits, businesses and government agencies to support change-making efforts, cross-sector partnerships, and to develop diverse talent pipelines. ​ Hobson enjoys salsa dancing, personal training – herself and others, theater, reading a range of genres, creative writing/playwriting, hanging with family and friends, and supporting the vivid imaginations of her nephews and nieces. ​ Bachelor’s: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Master’s/Specialist: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Kaitlin Carpenter attended O’Fallon Township High School where she found her passion for psychology. She majored in Psychology and minored in Anthropology and Sociology at SIUE. During her time as an undergraduate student, Kaitlin served as Communications Director for Psychology Club and played Quidditch. Kaitlin is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Clinical Child and School Psychology. After earning her degree, she will go on to the Specialist Program, in which she will earn the proper credentials to practice psychology in a school setting. ​ In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys painting, putting puzzles together, and playing board games with her son.

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  • Contact us | CollinsvilleUBMS

    Contact Us Success Begins - When You Join Today! ​ Collinsville High School (Room 109) 2201 S. Morrison Rd Collinsville, IL 62234 ​ Tel: 618-346-6320 ext. 1237 (Collinsville High Classroom) ​ Director (Desiree Tyus) Office: 618-482-6996 ​ Coordinator (Chris Andre) Office: 618-482-8337 Please fill out the form below and we will contact you shortly: Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • Home | CollinsvilleUBMS

    1/4 UBMS 2021-2022 Students of the Month ---------------------------------------- Anjelica Gonzalez - September Brian Castro - October Benjamin Simpkins - November Crystal Montalvo - December N/A - January Delaney Strubinger - February CONGRATULATIONS! TO OUR 2021 INDUCTEES Cooper, Kaylee Boyd, Me'onshae Castro, Brian Edwards, Aniyah Fox, Mariah Hartmann, Reznor Honeycutt, Hayden Lusk, Deionn Montalvo, Crystal Morley, Maegan Soto, Michelle Stum, Ava Willis, Tandee UBMS 2020 - 2021 Student of the Year Claudia DeLaCruz UBMS 2019-2020 Student of the Year Herica Campos Interested in STEM ? Serious about graduating from college? Click here to complete an online application! A wet signature will be required prior to acceptance.

  • Students of the Month | CollinsvilleUBMS

    UBMS STEM Students of the Month At the end of each month during our STEM Pre-Collegiate Academy we announce our highly anticipated award to a deserving student who: ​ 1) embodies UBMS academia expectations (GPA, tutoring services, etc...), ​ 2) attended UBMS services (i.e., Think Tank Thursday, one-on-one counseling sessions, college tours, STEM Saturdays, etc...), ​ 3) participated regularly during our sessions, ​ 4) took initiative, ​ 5) actively communicated with staff as needed and, ​ 6) was highly driven to succeed! ​ Our UBMS students are college bound and we are proud of their current success! It is often challenging for our UBMS staff to select a final candidate, because our students are truly incredible! DECEMBER 2019 Donald T. JANUARY 2020 Herica C. FEBRUARY 2020 Cole P. MARCH 2020 Julianna S. COVID-19 SESSION RECIPIENT COVID-19 SESSION RECIPIENT APRIL 2020 Alondra M.

  • Student Spotlight | CollinsvilleUBMS

    UBMS STUDENT SPOTLIGHT FEATURING: 2019-2020 Student of the Year Class of 2020 Graduates & College Decisions COVID-19 STEM Project Video Winners UBMS GRADUATES COLLEGE DECISIONS STEM DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Nursing FUTURE PROFESSION: Nurse STEM DEGREE: Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science ​ FUTURE PROFESSION: Athletic Trainer for a professional sports team. COVID-19 RESEARCH PROJECT WINNERS Click on the medals below to view our students video creations or read below for more information on their STEM assignment! The Science Behind COVID-19 ​ Produced By: Paulina Guiterrez-Trejo The History Behind COVID-19 Producers: Donald Thomas & Xavier Grant ~ TIED ~ The COVID-19 Impact on the Class of 2020 ​ Producers: Alondra Munoz & Monserrat Monuz The Math Behind COVID-19 Produced By: Sierra Hoffman

  • Program (Schedule & Services) | CollinsvilleUBMS

    ​ DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR Monday - Friday: Staff are available for one-on-one advising Tuesday and Thursday: Staff are available for one-on-one academic assistance Thursday: After school STEM-related college degrees and careers exploration First Wednesday of the month: STEM colleges and careers trip Second and Fourth Saturday of the month: STEM Pre-Collegiate Academy ​ ​ ​ DURING THE SUMMER ​​ ​ Six-week Pre-collegiate Program - includes math, science, English, foreign language, STEM projects, workshops, speakers and more! Daily Commute - the first two weeks students are picked-up and dropped off daily Residential - typically the following three weeks students participate in a college-going residential experience on SIUE's campus. Final (sixth) week is typically an out-of-state, 3-5 day cultural and academic trip. Faculty Lectures and Research Experience Field Trips and Guest Speakers Become familiar with various departments functions and verbiage used within the university setting (i.e., bursar, dining, financial aid, residential life, athletics department, Chancellor, student employment, student clubs/organizations, FAFSA, counseling, TRIO programs and/or first-generation college bound programs, and more!). ​ ​ ​ CLICK HERE FOR SUMMER 2020 Our students are going to college! UBMS students with the highest GPA; 2019 - 1st semester Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus SIUE's Bluff Hall - UBMS summer housing UBMS students reside two to a room STEM field trip - aviation fun! SERVICES • Academic Tutoring ​ • Academic Advising ​ • Career Exposure ​ • College Preparation ​ • College Visits ​ • Counseling ​ • Cultural Experiences​ • Financial Assistance ​ • Guest Speakers ​ • Hands-On Workshops ​ • Six-Week Summer Program ​ • Student Stipends • Individual Student Learning Plans/Goal Setting • Faculty-Led Instruction ​ • College Research and Laboratory Experience ​ • Familiarity with College Departments and Terminology Examples: FAFSA, Career Development, Financial Aid, Bursars Office, Admissions Office, Student Services, Student Life, Residential Living, Chancellor, Provost, and more... ​ • Soft Skills Examples: Effective communication skills, Teamwork, Dependability, Adaptability, Conflict resolution, Flexibility, Leadership, Problem-solving, and more... Contact Us Now To See If You Are Eligible To Enroll

  • Documents | CollinsvilleUBMS

    DOCUMENTS 2021 UBMS APPLICATION (ONLINE) 2021 UBMS APPLICATION (PRINTABLE) ​ * We require the hardcopy to have an original signature for acceptance into our program. You can also bring your printed copy to Collinsville High School and drop it off at either: 1) Counseling Office, or 2) Room 109 (our UBMS classroom!) 2020 SPRING NEWSLETTER WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 FIELD TRIP FORMS Due to COVID-19 and based upon the recommendations of both Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Collinsville School District, we do not have any confirmed field trips. ​ Once we are cleared for travel we do intend to visit some universities and take a few trips out of state to explore more opportunities, as it relates to college, careers, STEM, and culture. WEEK 4 WEEK 5 2020 SUMMER NEWSLETTERS 2020 FALL NEWSLETTER 2021 QUARTER 3 NEWSLETTER

  • Our Members (Past, Present, Future) | CollinsvilleUBMS

    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CHS FUTURE COLLEGE GRADUATES! Munoz, Alondra Munoz, Monserrat Delacruz, Claudia Gutierrez, America Hoffmann, Sierra Leflore-Green, Damion Thomas, Donald ​ Bertubin, Abigail Campos, Herica Cardenas, Bryanna Carrillo, Jennifer Cortez, Ruby Gonzalez, Anjelica Grant, Xavier Peace, Nile Polk, Amillia Rodriguez, Crista Thomas, Kayla Wilhold, Emilee Dahl, Emily Delacruz, Sandra Easley, John Gutierrez, Fatima Harris, Angelica Hernandez, Gabriela Hoffman, Aspen McIntyre, Ryan Pace, Savannah Plummer, Payton Rivas, Luis Rodriguez, Juan Roseman, Megan Simpkins, Benjamin Willis, Danajah Alcala, Alejandra Brooks, Ameeya Dickerson, Tremonte Ditter, Sophia Garrett, Kamren Gutierrez, Paulina Hall, Mykeyla Lewis, Messiah McCauley, Tiajah Moore, Tiarra Oseguera, Javier Owens, Carlee Patrick, Cole Rauk, Joseph Roth, Draven Smith, Christian Sotelo, Julianna Strubinger, Delaney Urbina, Banelly Walden, Carly Williams, Ijanae Cooper, Kaylee Boyd, Me'onshae Castro, Brian Edwards, Aniyah Fox, Mariah Hartmann, Reznor Honeycutt, Hayden Lusk, Deionn Montalvo, Crystal Morley, Maegan Soto, Michelle Stum, Ava Willis, Tandee

  • About UBMS | Eligibility | CollinsvilleUBMS

    What is TR i O? Upward Bound Math/Science (UBMS) is a federally funded program through the United States Department of Education. Initially, there were three programs called TRiO. Now the programs have grown to a total of eight. The history of TRiO is a progressive one. The development of these programs emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1990, the Education Department created the Upward Bound Math/Science program to address the need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science. ​ UBMS is designed to support eligible high school students in becoming academically and socially/emotionally prepared to pursue and complete a four- year college education in a STEM-related career field. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has five TRiO Upward Bound (UB) programs targeting specific high schools in the area. Two programs serve Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 and three programs are serving East St. Louis, Brooklyn, Cahokia and Madison school districts. ​ In addition to our high school UB programs, SIUE has a Veteran's Upward Bound program designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of post-secondary education. UBMS APPLICATION (ONLINE) Interested in STEM ? Serious about graduating from college? UBMS APPLICATION (ONLINE) Who we serve: ​ • Collinsville High School students ONLY ​ • Collinsville Middle School 8th graders are recruited to participate in the summer after their graduation and prior to entering high school. ​ • Once accepted, students remain in the program throughout high school and into college! ​ ​ To be eligible: ​ • Participants must be from a low-income family and/or be a first-generation college student, according to the federal guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education. ​ INCOME ELIGIBILITY: Is based off of the previous year's taxable income for the household. If applying during the 2019-2020 academic year, you would use 2018 taxes to determine eligibility (regardless of your current status). ​ FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT ELIGIBILITY: Is a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree. Students whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have taken some college coursework (including, an associate's degree or even a year from completing their four-year degree) are still eligible. ​ For consideration : Applicants must complete the UBMS application in its entirety for review. Once eligibility is determined and if there is space available, an interview will be scheduled to clarify expectations, answer questions and determine whether the applicant should be accepted. Prior to acceptance, grades, test scores, behavior, attendance, and teacher/staff recommendations are reviewed. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher and demonstrate an aptitude for math and science . ​​ All students are provisionally accepted until they have demonstrated their commitment to the UBMS program and its mission. ​ UBMS APPLICATION (ONLINE) In The News SIUE Upward Bound Program Comes to Collinsville High School ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ For the first time, pre-collegiate programming is being offered at Collinsville High School (CHS), under the direction of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center (ESLC) Upward Bound (UB) program. The new offering also creates a partnership between SIUE and Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 that has not previously existed. ​ “SIUE is excited to work with Collinsville High School for the betterment of students in the area,” said Timothy Staples, EdD, ESLC director. “When I came to the school, it was clear that everyone is vested in the success of the students.” ​ “Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 and the Board of Education are excited about the Upward Bound partnership with SIUE, and the positive impact the program will have on first-generation college students,” said Dr. Mark B. Skertich, CUSD #10 superintendent. October 23, 2019 Read More Collinsville High School Students Observe the Beginning of Upward Bound Programming ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Mostly everyone wants to be accepted – and for a group of Collinsville High School (CHS) students, parents, family members and guardians, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Upward Bound Program Acceptance Ceremony was especially sweet. November 15, 2019 Read More SIUE Upward Bound Math & Science Students Talk with STEM Experts ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ What do a surgeon, a registered nurse, a software developer and an engineering professor all have in common? They were all guests at a STEM Career Day, hosted by the SIUE Collinsville's Upward Bound's Math and Science (UBMS) program. ​ UBMS held its annual STEM Career Day. This year, due to COVID-19 it is scheduled as a STEM Summer Speaker Series. The meetings run from 11 a.m. - Noon each Thursday through July 16. Each week boasts four-eight experts in the June 26, 2020 Read More SIUE Upward Bound Math & Science Students Celebrate Learning and Achievement Accolades ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Highlights of lessons learned and rewards for learning exploits took center stage at a summer awards ceremony hosted by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center's Collinsville Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program. UBMS held its Zoom Showcase and Awards Banquet on Thursday, July 23. "Our summer awards program highlighted the amazing job our students, teachers and staff did this year - and all online," touted UBMS Program Director Desiree Tyus. July 30, 2020 Read More SIUE Upward Bound Math & Science Prepares Seniors for College ​ ​ ​ ​ Four Collinsville High School seniors, recipients of a total of $84,200 in scholarships, are headed to college this fall, thanks in part to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center’s Collinsville Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program. Three of the Collinsville upperclassmen – Claudia De La Cruz, Sierra Hoffmann and America Gutierrez-Trejo – have selected SIUE as their college of choice, according to UBMS Program Director Desiree Tyus. UBMS student Donald Thomas, of Pontoon Beach, is enrolling in the University of Illinois Champaign – Urbana. ​ April 29, 2021 Read More

  • Testimonials | CollinsvilleUBMS

    UBMS STUDENTS ​ "My overall thoughts on this program aren't very hard to think about, because the program is outstanding! I say this because they have helped me with pretty much all of my concerns regarding college. They assisted with finding one not too far from home, and not too expensive. They have also helped me with goal setting by thinking about my future and what I want to be. This program has impacted me a lot, because they make high school and life in general much easier. What I enjoy about this program is the trips we take to colleges to learn about them and how they work. Another thing is the weekly afternoon meets, we meet different people and learn about different careers that we might want to pursue. This program is so amazing and I highly recommend considering joining them or at least talk with them." — Draven R. (CHS freshman c/o 2023) ​ "I think being apart of this program means being a family. It means working with people you’ve never met, and being able to form a bond. It means new improvement & exploration of a lot of things most kids do not get to experience." — Emilee W. (CHS sophomore c/o 2022) "UBMS has helped me in so many ways. They've encouraged me to study for my SAT. I also feel more independent and motivated by the counselors. I feel more connected to the vision of going to college." — America G. (CHS junior c/o 2021) ​ "The Collinsville Upward Bound Math & Science program is important to me. The answer is quite simple, it means being a part of a small family that has your back with academics. They will give you all the tools you need to prosper and guide you in the right direction. Their experiences help ease the process with things like high school and college. I am truly grateful to be a part of the UMBS team." — Monserrat M. (CHS senior c/o 2020) UBMS FAMILY "As a parent of a first generation student this program is very important, because it teaches her the information needed to go into college and help explore future options." — Norma Vega (Mother of Crista R. - CHS sophomore c/o 2022) ​ ​ “Upward Bound Math and Science is an interesting program with a lot of great benefits. I’m excited that the program is here, and we have a chance to participate. [My children] were thrilled to learn about the program. None of us went to college, and we thought it would be a good idea, especially with them being freshmen. They both want to go into the medical field. The chances for them to find jobs are better with a college degree. They will have more choices. Both of them have said they want to go to SIUE. I like that choice, because it’s close to home.” — Michelle Owens (Mother of Carlee O. & guardian of Banelly U. - CHS freshmen c/o 2023) ​ ​ ​ “This program will lead her into her future, as far as establishing what she wants to do, which is to become a nurse. She is an extremely intelligent, loyal, dedicated and respectable young lady. With God, her family and this program, she will go far. She is also excited about going on a college tour in the coming weeks.” — Gwinetta Love (Grandmother of Kayla T. - CHS freshman c/o 2023) COLLINSVILLE PERSONNEL “Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 and the Board of Education are excited about the Upward Bound partnership with SIUE, and the positive impact the program will have on first-generation college students." — Dr. Mark B. Skertich, Collinsville CUSD #10 Superintendent ​ “I was not familiar with the Upward Bound program initially. The SIUE team did a wonderful job educating us. I know this is going to be a successful and rewarding program for the students and the school.” — David Snider, Collinsville High School Principal ​ “One of the great things about the Upward Bound program [is their] staff will be able to give students one-on-one counseling, meet their individual needs and expose them to college opportunities.” — Latoya Berry Coleman, Collinsville High School Director of Curriculum and Instruction ​ “Parents are emailing me nonstop about the program. They want in. We have many students here who have need, and we have limited resources in the form of counselors to help them. ” — TaRael Kee, Collinsville High School Counselor ​ SIUE PERSONNEL “SIUE is excited to work with Collinsville High School for the betterment of students in the area. When I came to the school, it was clear that everyone is vested in the success of the students.” — Timothy Staples, EdD., SIUE - ESLC Director

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