The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 
Thank you for your commitment to making Evans High School, "A Place of High Achievement." Our focus is on Literacy, Rigor, and Relationships and our school's pillars of Pride, Determination, and Perseverance continue to be on display by our students, staff and community.

A Successful School Start!
Week one of the 2018-2019 school year is in the history books and it was a great one! This past week, we hosted our grade level meetings to discuss with students the importance of committing to their own success - in the classroom, on the field, on the court, in the pool, on stage, in competition, and socially among their peers. It is extremely important for our Trojans to set goals for grades and test scores, and work hard to attain those goals with a positive and driven approach. Parents, our team of teachers, administrators and support staff are here to ensure all students succeed at Evans!

An important key to our success during the first week of school was to focus on three critical areas: building a rapport with the students, establishing rules and expectations, and motivating students to learn. Last week our teachers were developing positive working relationships with their students using various "ice breaker" activities. Teachers have also been reviewing the OCPS Code of Conduct, and we practiced our first fire drill. These rules and protocols established ground rules to ensure student respect for each other and safety for all.

Class Leveling/Changes
Over the next two weeks, our guidance services department will began making adjustments to some classes where the student /teacher ratio is too high for optimal student outcomes. In the event that your student is impacted, you will be contacted by a member of the guidance service team. We have also begun processing class change request forms. We kindly ask for parent and student patience during this time as our guidance team has to thoroughly review each schedule change ensuring such request do not conflict with graduation requirements and meets our criteria.

School Website
In the coming days and weeks, our digital support staff will begin updating our school website. In addition, we will include an updated teacher e-mail list, guidance counselor and administrative dean alpha responsibilities administrative. Please check it regularly for important information from guidance to sports to other school events. Our website address is or contact Mr. Eric Saxon for questions or suggestions at Eric.
Administrative Team
Finally, I would like to introduce our 2018-2019 administrative team. We are here to support both the students and the Trojan staff!
Pictured above from left to right: Back row: Greg Thompson, Charlie Grace, Eric Saxon, John Harrell, David Berardi, Phillipe Castel, Michael Kilpatrick, Demond Walker, Mikel Whiting
Middle Row: Nzinga Green, Zaneta Dodd, Lataniah Smith, Jennifer Bohn, Katrelle Simmons, Pattie Smith, Megan Mortier, Robin Tallman, Sherry Langston, Tazamaria Brown-Harris, Iris Woodard, Alecia Sharpe, Venusha Moodley Front Row: Deana Tolbert, Michele Wiggins, Esther Hodge, Casey Waugh, Rolando Bailey, Curtesa Vanderpool, Margo Harbin, Kenya Nelson-Warren, Heather Kreider

With Trojan Pride,

Principal Rolando Bailey
Pictured very top: Green and White football game '18. Our Trojan varsity football team plays at home this Friday evening vs. Freedom High School.  
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In Full Swing!
Student Spotlight
Five Star School Award
College and Career Center
Guidance Corner
Trojan Athletics
HUB Happenings
Community Support
Motivational Moment 
Dates to Watch For

August 24: Picture Day (Seniors only) 
August 24: Football at home vs. Freedom 
August 31: Picture Day (9th, 10th, 11th only) 
September 11: OPEN HOUSE 
September 11: Financial Aid Night (below)  
September 11: Dental Screenings (below) 
September 13: Senior Panoramic Picture  

"Trojans . . . if you see something, say something!"
In Full Swing!infullswing
Snapshots from a successful start to 2018-2019 . . .
Teachers were welcomed back in true Trojan spirit as our drumline, cheerleaders, SGA and senior class officers participated in our annual walk in procession. Teachers engaged in professional development as well as time to foster relationships in their departments, not to mention setting up rigorous learning environments for their students.

Just above and then below: 
On Thursday, August 9th we welcomed the Class of 2022 to receive their schedules and walk the campus. Our SGA students, and EHS administrative team were on hand to assist as well as freshmen teachers who introduced themselves to their classes. 
Student SpotlightStudentspotlight   
Student Panel Discussion 
To close out teacher pre-planning week, a student panel was asked to share with the teachers and have the opportunity to express to teachers best ways to connect with them, the importance of relationships and creating a safe environment at school.  It was an awesome and touching experience for both students and teachers. Students selected were from various backgrounds, academic standings, and represented with true Trojan Pride!
From left to right: Principal Bailey, Trevon Brown, Raigan Cummings, Ashanti Hyland,  
Evon Thompson, Ms. Vanderpool

Orange County Leads Internship Program 
Select Trojan students that participated graduated from the Mayor Teresa Jacob's Orange County Leads  Internship Program this Summer.    
Sarai Antoine, Skylar Thomas, Lisa  Blunston, Yazah Anderson, Marlon Poteat and  
Bernadette Clermont. Not Pictured: Edna Ulysse 
Five Star Schoolfivestarschool
Evans earns a special award for community involvement
Evans High School recently achieved the "Five Star School" rating by OCPS! This symbol of achievement is presented each year to those schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement. Eligible schools are designated annually and must be renewed each year.  
Schools that achieve this designation will receive the Florida Department of Education's highest award for community involvement.  In order to qualify for this award, a school must achieve 100% of these criteria in the categories of Business Partnerships, Family Involvement, Volunteers, Student Community Service, and School Advisory Councils. The school must also have a portfolio that documents the achievement of each criteria.
College and Career Updatescollegecareer 
Financial Aid Night
Financial Aid Night will be on September 11, 2018 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the Media Center. You will learn how to secure money to pursue your post-secondary education at a college or technical center. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to be there!

Ms. Bohn
Have you booked an appointment with Ms. Bohn, the College and Career Resource Specialist, lately? Take initiative! Be proactive! Book an appointment today:

Have you been on Naviance lately? All students have access to this helpful planning tool. Go on to your Launchpad and check it out! College planning, scholarship searches, career inventories, and more! See Mrs. Bohn for assistance!

Guidance CornerGuidancecorner 

Guidance Counselors 
A - Cha: Mrs. Porter Ext. 6232224
Chb - Fran: Mrs. Neira-Changa Ext. 6232510
Frao - Joi: Ms. Moseley Ext. 6233473
Joj - Mor: Ms. Langston Ext. 6233492
Mos - Se: Information coming soon Ext. 6232249
Sf - Z: Ms. Standberry Ext. 6233479
IB/Magnet: Ms. James Ext. 6232974
College and Career Counselor: Mrs. Bohn Ext. 6232600
ESOL Compliance Specialist: Mr. Castel Ext. 6233464

Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:25 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Student Services Hours 
7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Enrollments and Withdrawals 
7:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

***Counselors are currently working on balancing classes and schedule change requests. Please check your student email for updates on schedules or changes.***
Trojan Athleticstrojanathletics    
During halftime of the Green and White football game, two of our Trojans were honored for their accomplishments during the track & field season. Shareya Newsome (4th from left) placed first and Michelle Valentin (third from left) placed second in the shot put at the state competition. Shareya received a state championship ring and Michelle received a plaque commemorating these great accomplishments!

Upcoming sporting events:  
* Bowling practice begins August 27th 
* There will be a meeting for students interested in playing golf on Tuesday immediately after school in room 7-114 immediately after school.  
Green and White game '18 
* Evans will officially open the 2018-2019 football season with a home game vs. Freedom on Friday, August 24. 
* Swimming will have their first meet on August 30 at the Roper YMCA at 7pm. Come out and support your Evans Trojans as they battle Ocoee!

HUB HappeningsHUB 

Prayer Walk 
Evans CPS hosted a prayer walk where local pastors and church members joined the HUB staff along with the principal to touch and agree to bring in the school year on a positive note.  It was a very touching and powerful event as religious community members walked the entire campus in prayer.

Professional Development
Evans presented the "HUB Happenings" Professional Development (PD) for the teachers with over 140 teachers attending!  This professional development educated teachers on all HUB services during our annual pre-planning week.
Dental Screening 
Community Supportcommunitysupport 

Partners in Education 
Thank you to the following Partner's in Education for ensuring that the week back to school for teachers was off to an amazing start:  
  • Sam's provided snacks during the HUB Happenings PD
  • Bishop Kevin Cobaris of the Impact Church provided lunch to staff
  • AAA and WaWa sponsored a robust breakfast to kick off the HUB's culture of Health initiative
Additionally, the following Partners in Education ensured that parents weren't left out of the great start to the 2018-2019 school year
  • Chick-fil-A provided 100 free breakfast sandwiches. 
  • The Student Leadership Council and The Catalyst Group greeted parents in the car loop on the first day of school with a warm sandwich and a flyer from our Family Engagement Coordinator to inform them of the services that we provide, her contact information and just a friendly smile!
Tuesday, August 28th 
You decide. Your vote counts!  
This Week's Motivational Moment! mm    


The legendary singer Aretha Franklin died this past week at age 76. Franklin was someone who never gave up. She actually taught herself the piano at age 10 so she could imitate the notes more accurately. She learned tunes by copying musical house guests her family had over and adding her own flourishes. However, what many don't know is that by the time she was 25 she was considered almost a washout.

Franklin vowed to prove everyone wrong. She carefully chose songs that suited her voice. When she couldn't find them, she wrote them herself.

Franklin dominated the music world like few women before or since, racking up one classic hit after another and earning the title "The Queen of Soul." Regarded as one of the top vocalists ever, she's had 17 top 10 pop hits, 12 gold records and five multiplatinum records. She's also won 18 Grammy Awards, more than any other female artist.

The lesson for our Trojans? Be yourself. Set goals for this school year. And most importantly, never ever give up.


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Mr. Bailey, Principal
Maynard Evans High School
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Leadership Team 
Pride - Determination - Perseverance 

Principal: Rolando Bailey
Assistant Principal: Kenya Nelson Warren
Assistant Principal: Esther Hodge
Assistant Principal: Heather Kreider
Assistant Principal: Deana Tolbert
Assistant Principal: Michele Wiggins
Senior Administrator: Casey Waugh
Business Manager: Robin Tallman

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