The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Monday, August 31, 2020      
This past week we finished our third week of the first 9 weeks. Thank you to our face-to-face students and their families for the measures they have taken to  support one another and their teachers with social distancing expectations while also focusing  on their academics. As a school, we are all making the necessary adjustments with fluid changes to campus safety protocols. I want to also recognize all of our "LaunchED" instructional students who on Friday also completed day 15 of school working from home. For the rest of this first nine-week quarter, students will attend school in whichever learning model was selected by them and their parents.

Evans High staff team members are committed to the health & safety procedures set forth by the CDC and our school board. In the event a situation occurs as it relates to COVID-19 where staff, students and parents require notification, please know that we will follow the required protocols that govern each unique situation. Parents, please remind students that the masks with the ventilators on the side are not approved and we will provide an approved mask when arriving on campus if one is needed.

As we begin this 4th week of school, athletic practices will officially start with athletic competitions starting in the weeks to come. Our coaches, student athletes are excited about the opportunity to restart. It is imperative that our student athletes continue to support safety measures that are place. These measures will be covered by our coaches in-depth daily. For more information about practice schedules, games and passes, guidelines, head coach information, and Evans Fall sports, please visit or you can reach our Athletic Director Greg Thompson at 407-522-3400 ex 6232519.

Make it a great week Trojans!

Rolando Bailey

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Pictured very top: City Year Orlando members are also a part of our Evans staff. Pictured above is the team welcoming students to campus with their power greetings. This year we welcome the 2020-2021 team to campus. They have made quick work of hopping into classrooms and beginning support of students in 9th grade ELA and Math classrooms. 2020-2021 Evans City Year Team: Helen Hines, Katherine Daniel-Jimenez, Nyeisha Frett, Jakob Namon, Vanessa Borrell, Holly Lauren Garcia, Jahmosi Hay, Talya Frost (Lead), and Mariah Brown.   
In this Issue  
Seniors - Testing
Parent Info.
Mask Policy & Dress Code
Testing Updates
Rigor in the Classroom
Textbook Pick Up
Teacher Spotlight
Trojan Athletics
SAFE Conversations
HUB Happenings
Monday's Motivational Moment
Dates to Watch For
Sept. 4: College Colors Day!
Sept. 7: Labor Day Holiday
Sept. 8: Curbside Meal Pick Up Day on Tuesday this week due to the Labor Day holiday.
Sept. 8: Virtual Parent Info. Session, 6PM
Sept. 15: Virtual Parent Info. Session, 9:15PM
Sept. 16: SGA Game Night (Big Blue Button at 3:30 PM)
Sept. 16 & 17: OCPS Financial Aid Nights
Sept. 17: Varsity Football at home vs. West Orange Warriors

ATTENTION SENIORS!seniortesting  
Important testing information for September from Ms. Schomberg . . .       
Seniors that have not yet meet the FSA ELA and/or Algebra 1 EOC graduation requirement will be receiving an email survey from Ms. Schomberg on Thursday, September 3rd. This survey is very important to help us try to help our seniors when scheduling testing for their graduation requirements. If you receive one of these emails, please complete the email by September 8th.

Seniors that have not yet met the FSA ELA graduation requirement will have an opportunity to retake this test starting September 14th. The FSA ELA Retake has three sections and is given over three days.  Seniors taking classes on campus will be tested September 14th - 16th.  Seniors taking classes through LaunchEd will be scheduled to test the weeks of September 21st and September 28th.

Seniors that have not yet met the Algebra 1 End of Course Exam graduation requirement will have an opportunity to retake this test starting September 14th. The Algebra 1 EOC has two sections and is given over two days. Seniors taking classes on campus will be tested September 17th - 18th. Seniors taking classes through LaunchEd will be scheduled to test the weeks of September 21st and September 28th.   
Parent Informationparentinfo    
Student Grades 
Please register on Skyward Family Access if you have not yet done so as we are already starting Week #4. Please visit for directions on accessing Skyward for student grades.

Parent Survey

Parent Tech Help

Mask Policy and Dress Codemaskpolicydresscode

Face Masks
School Board members discussed revisions to Policy EBBA - Disease Preventions; Face Coverings that include recommendations made by the Medical Advisory Committee. After thoughtful discussion, the board voted to adopt the following revisions:
* A face covering shall not be required for individuals who have been approved for a face covering waiver due to a medical condition that prevents the individual from being able to safely wear a face covering. A medical certification from a health care provider and supporting documentation submitted by the individual shall be submitted to school officials for review/determination by the district medical advisor. The district may also provide, at its discretion, supporting documents for review pertaining to the individual. Until such time as the waiver is approved, the individual requesting the exemption will be required to wear the proper face covering while inside a school/facility, or other property and/or vehicle owned, leased, or operated by the School Board. Alternatives, such as face shields and/or other measures, shall be considered on a case-by-case basis for the individual granted the exemption. In accordance with guidance provided by the Florida Department of Health of Orange County , medically fragile students should not attend face-to-face instruction during this pandemic.  Note: Revisions to the policy were made at the table and may not be reflected in the online policy.

* Any mask with an exhalation valve (respirator) is not permitted.

* Neck gaiters and neck buffs will no longer be permitted to be worn as a face covering.

Dress Code
Please see page 17 of the Code of Student Conduct for a larger view.

Testing Updatestestingupdates

* PERT testing will occur for specific students on Monday and Tuesday, August 31st and September 1st on campus.

* MAP Testing will occur through various content areas in September.

Rigor in the Classroomrigor
Snapshots from week #1 as our face-to-face students returned . . . 

Our teachers discuss standards and content in common planning, but also consider ways to interact with F2F students and virtual students simultaneously through strategic technology placement. Here's a few pictures of the approach some Trojans took throughout the week!

IB/AP Textbook Pick Uptextbookpickup
Our IB teachers were able to provide their students attending LaunchEd at home with their textbooks through a drive thru during the first week of school.

Trojan Teacher Spotlightteacherspotlight

Mr. Quinones, Spanish II
Mr. Quinones is a very well rounded individual, having earned degrees in Studies in Spanish, Bachelor in Music with concentration in Music Education, and an A.S. Degree in Computer Network Systems from colleges including: University of Puerto Rico, San Juan and the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, San Juan.

Mr. Quinones likes to play the piano/keyboard when he is not teaching Spanish. The thing he enjoys most about working at Evans/being a Trojan is being in a place where every person shows Pride, Determination and Perseverance.

When asked to leave a piece of advice for our students, Mr. Quinones shares, "Be strong, respectful, take care of the environment and aim high!"

SGA Spirit Events!

September 4th (Friday before Labor Day)
Students, if you are LaunchED, change your profile picture to you in the college colors of your choosing. If you are face to face, come wearing your college colors. Send your pictures to the SGA instagram @yourmehs.sga to be featured on the page.

September 16th
SGA is hosting a virtual game night. Come follow the SGA instagram page @yourmehs.sga to stay updated on events. The link will be shared on the Instagram page as well as on Canvas.

Trojan Athleticstrojanathletics2
Trojan Fall Athletics will official start on Monday, August 31, 2020. All Florida High School Athletic Association recommendations for COVID as well as the safety precautions implemented by Orange County Public School must remain in place and will be monitored for compliance. Please expect some adjustments and changes to maintain the safety for the students and staff. We are excited to begin the following FALL sports:
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Volleyball
Remember, in order to participate you must have a cumulative semester 2.0 GPA or higher to participate and an updated sports physical.

Parents, make an account at to begin the process of becoming eligible for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Instructions for Submitting Physical Packets - EL2 Physical Packet

The Evans Athletic Department is proud to announce the 2020 Varsity Football schedule. The Mighty Trojans will open up the year at home against their cross-town rivalry with West Orange High School. See complete schedule below:

Sept. 17
West Orange (H)
Sept. 24
Jones (A)
Oct. 2
Ocoee (A)
Oct. 9
Oak Ridge (A)
Oct. 16
Lake Mary (H)
Oct. 23
Apopka (A)
Oct. 29
Lake Brantley (H)
Nov. 6
Lyman (H)

** For continuous updated information, follow Evans Athletics at

College and Career Cornerccc

OCPS will be hosting a Virtual Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, 9/16/2020 - 6:30 p.m. OCPS will be hosting a Spanish Speaking Virtual Financial Aid Night on Thursday, 9/17/2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Important Upcoming Dates:
Virtual Parent Financial Aid Night
  • Tuesday, 9/8/2020 and Tuesday, 9/15/2020 - 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Meeting Link will be on Canvas through Big Blue Button

ACT & SAT Testing Dates & Deadlines -
Evans High School - Scholarships -

Evans High School - Virtual College Visits -

** In order to access the documents above, please be sure to utilize your OCPS Google Drive.

Additional Scholarship Websites
Scholar Snap - - A free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse their application information - including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. - from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college scholarship application process.
Peerlift - - A great resource for scholarship and summer programs.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund - - Represents Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This fund has awarded more than $300 million in assistance to students and member-schools.
UNCF - - Multiple scholarships for African American students.

Student Services Updates
The schedule change window has closed, however if you need to get in touch with your counselor, please see the alphabetical breakdown below and feel free to email them with questions.
SAFE Conversationssafeconversations   
Trojans, are you struggling with a problem? Do you need help working something out and want to talk to someone who understands? The SAFE Team is here to support YOU. Some of the areas we can help you with are: 
* Anger                                    
* Clothing/Food
* Family Conflict                   
* Grief
* Homelessness                  
* Medical (Dental, Vision, General)
* School Supplies                 
* Teen Pregnancy

** You can complete a SAFE Conversations referral and we will reach out to you: 
HUB Happeningshubhappenings    
Monday's Motivational Moment!mm
We appreciate our teachers!!

One of our wonderful teachers, Mrs. Edwards, ran her LaunchEd session next to what is most important for her ... the reasons why she is an educator. During this unprecedented time, it is imperative to remember why we started and why we continue forward and Mrs. Edwards has letters from previous students hanging to remind her of her this every school day!

Mrs. Edwards has a dozen letters from past students posted on the wall a few feet from her chair as a reminder as to why she became a teacher and loves working with our Trojans!

These past few months have been challenging for K-12 teachers all over. They have had to transition from their normal teaching practices to remote learning, setting up new lesson plans, devising and recording instructional videos, preparing materials, and finding new ways to check-in on and connect with their students. With doing their best with face-to-face students and LaunchEd students simultaneously, they also juggle the effects of COVID-19 on their families and personal lives just like the rest of us.

Here at Evans, our teachers are using existing resources and tools in new ways, and developing systems and practices that are wholly new along the lines of digital learning. This they are doing on a daily basis while maintaining the best of attitudes. Of course, I am not surprised by the speed, innovation, creativity, brilliance, sensitivity and care our Trojan teachers have shown as in my view, Evans has some of the finest educators you will find anywhere!!

Now here we are rolling into week #4 already. Should you have the opportunity to interact with one of our great Evans teachers this week, kindly take a moment to say thank you. You see, while the delivery method of learning may be altered somewhat for now, the level of effort Evans' teachers are putting forth backed up by OCPS' rigorous curriculum, has not faltered. I am so proud of each and every one of our teachers. Go Trojans!

Mr. Bailey, Principal
Evans High School
Monday, August 31, 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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