The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Monday, July 20, 2020      
Our 2020/21 school year will now begin to take some form of shape. What is needed now is for all stakeholders including parents, students, faculty & staff and community members to  provide input in the coming days. This feedback via the form of an official OCPS survey will guide school and district-based personnel with critical information to help decide the next steps to determine what our school instructional delivery will be for our Trojans. What we now know is that a decision has been made from our School Board which approved the 2020/21 Florida's Optional Innovative Reopening Plan to include an Innovative model called OCPS LaunchEd@Home.

As a result of the decision and the diligent work of our board, parents will now be allowed to make the choice for their child's instructional model.

The choices include:
  • Face-to-Face - On campus, regular schedule, five days a week as required by the state in an emergency order.
  • OCVS Virtual - A fully accredited OCPS school for 10 years. This provides location, time and pace flexibility.
  • Innovative - OCPS LaunchEd@Home provides live stream for each class, following a traditional bell schedule. This option provides location flexibility, while also offering continuity of student experience and campus connections, as well as wrap-around support services.
In the meantime, a choice registration survey has been sent out to parents to choose one of the three learning models. To maximize safety efforts, we encourage parents to select the OCPS LaunchEd@Home, if able to keep their child at home.

More information will be forthcoming in the days to come. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out as we are here to support you in this decision or provide guidance.  

GO Trojans!

Rolando Bailey

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Pictured very top and just below: Class of 2020 Recognition  
Our top 10 students were able to come to campus to be awarded with Evans High School's congratulatory gift, their senior class rings, medals, and other awards. They are pictured with Principal Bailey.  
In this Issue  

OCPS Reopening Update
Freshman Orientation
Trojan Student Spotlight
Trojan Athletics
Guidance Corner
Class of 2021
HUB Happenings
Motivational Moment!
Closing Images of the Week
Dates to Watch For
July 22: "Wellness Wednesday" through UCF College of Medicine (below) - Sign Up (3:00 pm)
July 23: Freshman Virtual Orientation
July 24: Fall 2020 Choice Registration Form due by this Friday
July 25: Virtual Student-Led Town Hall through The Hub - Sign Up (2:00 pm)
Aug. 7-9: Florida's Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday - Details
Aug. 21: Start of 2020-21School Year - OCPS Back-to-School Options (3)

Reopening Updatereopening    
The School Board of Orange County held a special board meeting at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center while also utilizing virtual conferencing Friday, July 17. These are the highlights of the meeting:

School Board approves 2020/21 Florida's Optional Innovative Reopening Plan (6 to 2) to include an Innovative model called OCPS LaunchEd@Home. The School Board also agreed to seek a waiver from the state to allow local discretion regarding the start of school, based on local data. The start date is, tentatively, Friday, August 21
Below is a comparison of the three instructional models that parents can choose from for the fall semester, which will tentatively start Friday, August 21. The Choice Registration Form is now available (link just below) and will be open until Friday, July 24. If the registration process is not completed by Friday, July 24, the student will be registered to attend their zoned or assigned school utilizing the Face-to-Face instructional model.  
** FAQs 
This Innovative Plan will be submitted to the state for approval. The waiver request will also be submitted. In the meantime, a choice registration survey will begin today for parents to choose one of the three learning models. To maximize safety efforts, we encourage parents to select the OCPS LaunchEd@Home, if able to keep their child at home. An assignment preference survey will also be sent to teachers to indicate which model they prefer to work in.

You can review the school reopening details here.

Reminder: All board meetings are live streamed on the School Board's YouTube page and will be accessible from web browsers on computers or mobile devices. To find the live stream, visit
Freshman Orientationfreshmanoreintation   
Our Freshman Virtual Orientation will take place on Thursday, July 23rd at 6pm. Links will be available through the school website, Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned for more information on our Freshman events.  
Trojan Student Spotlight studentspotlight2

Elevation Scholars selected their new cohort of students. Evans is proud to proclaim that 9 of the 16 selected for this Class 7 are Trojans! Congratulations to the Trojans that will join the Elevation Scholar legacy:  
* Shannon Biassu
* Jamarea Johnson
* Fizza Shabbir
* Karina Calzada Santos
* Patrice Quetant
* Earnsley Francois
* Danise St Fleur
* Tellison St Fleur
* Lily Pham 
See the full video celebrating the Class 6 students entering college and Class 7 acceptances

Evans community footnote: The goal of Elevation Scholars is to prepare high-achieving students from low-income families for acceptance into the nation's most selective colleges and universities and to walk with them through college graduation. Please take a couple of moments to click on the Elevation Scholars YouTube video above for more information on this exceptional program.  
Trojan Athletics trojanathletics  
Evans Athletic Department is extremely excited about the start of our sports programs for the new school year. We have jump started our preseason conditioning and training for Football, Volleyball and Spirit Cheer. We have implemented several safety procedures for our athletes and coaches as required by the OCPS Athletics Department (social distancing guidelines).
Our coaches and athletes have been nothing short of amazing during the preseason training sessions! We could not be more appreciative of their attitude, support and focus on delivering the best preseason training to our students.
Our Head Athletic Trainer, Ms. Edwards, has been supporting our athletes both remotely and in limited hours at our training facility. Remarkably, we made rapid changes and procedures to allow our students to begin training and conditioning.
Evans High School athletes that are interested in participating in an FHSAA sanctioned sport at Evans High School you must have an up to date high school physical on file with the Athletic Training Staff (middle school physicals do not transfer over). All physical paperwork is done digitally at
To find the direction on how to complete this online physical process please
do the following:
  1. Go to
  2. Go to the "More" tab
  3. Click on the "Physicals" link under Athletic Training
  4. Open the "Instructions for Submitting a Physical Packet" link
  5. Please read all the directions
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Mrs. Tiffany Edwards, Head Athletic Trainer at
Our awesome sports information Team and our Athletic Department staff quickly put together a plan to remain active on our social and digital platforms and have created unique content that has kept our community engaged. We encourage our student athletes, parents and community to visit:  which provides a tremendous amount of information and resources about our athletics and extra-curricular activities.
We look forward to a great year! Be safe and Go Trojans!
Guidance Corner guidancecorner
important information for our Trojans before classes begin . . .

Registration: All registration is being handled virtually at this time. Please visit the OCPS Enrollment page for instructions, documents to gather and enrollment paperwork to be completed. All documents may be mailed to when completed. We will confirm receipt of documents and reach out directly for next steps.  

Transcript Requests: Class of 2020 graduates who are in need of additional transcripts beyond their free copy may order those on the school website using the Transcripts button or navigating to the school website transcript page found to the left under Student Services
Student Schedules: Student schedules are in progress at this time. Guidance counselors are working to complete these quickly for all students and once they are all completed, we will release procedures for requesting a schedule change under specific circumstances, such as incorrect course, etc.  

Schedule Changes: At the beginning of the course change request window, students will be provided with a google form to complete that lists out the acceptable reasons for the request.  They will be permitted to fill out the form one time, so we will open the procedure when schedules are completed.

Class of 2021classof2021    
HUB Happeningshubhappenings   
A student-led Town Hall will be taking place on July 25th at 2pm on Facebook Live and Zoom. Topics include mental health, restorative justice, returning to school during a pandemic, systemic racism, and more. Sign up on the Interest Form by visiting 
This Week's Motivational Moment! MM

Pep Jam! Our Trojans getting ready for the Jones Tigers at home! 
The first of week of school brought a pep jam and the biggest rivalry game of the season! On Friday, August 16th, our Trojans took on the Jones Tigers at Evans field. To start they day, our cheerleaders, Green Machine, Dazzling Emeralds, SGA and football players hosted a pep jam for the school faculty.

Club Rush 
Our clubs and organizations came out for the annual Club Rush on August 29th during lunch in order to promote their groups and recruit new members.

Left: Debate Team; Right: Drama Club
Trojan Scholar

Shania Streeter was offered a $20,000 scholarship to Harris-Stowe University very early in the year during the August 30th Tom Joyner event! Many of our Class of 2020 seniors earned scholarships last year!
Rigor in the Classrooms
Reading Skills
Pictured below during the week of September 16th, these Trojans were sharpening their reading skills in Ms. Dunkley's classroom. At the time these pictures were taken, the students were reflecting on the CRM assessment where they had to determine the theme, analyze complex characters, and comment upon the cultural experience. Data was used to establish which items needed to be addressed.

AP Environmental Science
Ms. Steadman's AP Environmental Science students built their own eco-columns last September. These AP students started an eco-columns project where they grew building columns with three chambers - the top chamber grew plants, the middle was for filtration, and the bottom chamber was aquatic and actually contain a fish and plant. The project covered standards in cycles, sustainability, human impact, biodiversity, ecological tolerance, and many more. This was a 6-week long project with data collected every week!

Closing Images of the Week . . .closingimage     
Remembering U.S. Congressman John Lewis from the state of Georgia (Feb. 21, 1940 - July 17, 2020) 
Dr. King, with his wife, Coretta Scott King, and Mr. Lewis at right, marched from Montgomery,  Ala. to the state capitol in March 1965. From an early age, Mr. Lewis was a major figure in the civil rights movement.
Mr. Lewis,  front row left,  helped Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. center, organize the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom in Washington, D.C., in August 1963, when Dr. King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Like so many successful African American leaders, Congressman Lewis knew the value of getting an education. He once spoke about the importance of books in his life and said: "I had a wonderful teacher in elementary school who told me, 'Read, my child, read, and I tried to read everything. I love books!"
Make it a great week Trojans and please continue with all recommended health safety practices!
Mr. Bailey, Principal
Evans High School
Sunday, July 19, 2020 
Leadership Team 
Pride - Determination - Perseverance 

Principal: Rolando Bailey 
Assistant Principal: Kenya Nelson Warren
Assistant Principal: Esther Hodge
Assistant Principal: Heather Kreider
Assistant Principal: Clarence Truitt
Senior Administrator: Casey Waugh

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