The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Monday, March 16, 2020  
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.
Extended Spring Break
With new direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Education announced Friday all state schools will close for one additional week beyond spring break (returning March 30 in Orange County). State testing will also be delayed by two weeks and all extra-curricular activities will be suspended. More details to follow.

Our campus will be closed for normal business functions from March 16th to March 27th. I wish all of the Evans High community a restful spring break. If you are traveling during this time, please be safe and we look forward to our students and faculty returning on Monday, March 30th.

Report Cards
Students and parents, report cards will be distributed on Friday, March 30th during 4th
period. Please take this time to review your student(s) academic performance and pay close attention to their 1st semester GPA as well as cumulative to date GPA. In the event you would like to schedule a conference with your student teachers, please contact our student services office at 407-522-3400 ex 6232249.

Finishing Strong!
Trojans, we are rapidly approaching the conclusion of this school year, which brings end of the year testing. Right now, the focus of students should be on maintaining and improving school life and parents, you can help. Your attention and involvement in this effort will reinforce the importance you place on your child's school experience and have a tremendous positive effect on his/her school life.

1. Talk to your student about his/her social, extra-curricular, and academic realities. High school can be stressful and these conversations will help you both by providing insight and new perspectives. Academics are important, but few of us have memories of those challenges. Instead, we tend to remember high school relationships and social experiences, but life was better during this time if we were confident about grades.

2. Reinforce positive and successful school habits. Attention in class, homework, test preparation, and attendance are key factors.

3. Access and review your student's class progress, attendance, and testing schedules on Parent Portal.

4. Talk to your student about ways to improve school life. You've 'been there/done that', and probably know how you might have improved your experience.

5. Identify and encourage tutoring available at the school.

6. Help your student to increase focus and effort. 'Coasting' is a natural, but an unproductive tendency at the conclusion of the school year. Your involvement is a tremendous positive factor for a successful high school experience. Your interest, willingness, and dedication to helping your child succeed provides an unmistakable message. Your child will thank you for it - someday.

I look forward to seeing everyone back on campus after this extended spring break. Please remember to visit the OCPS website or OCPS Twitter for the latest updates with respect to any further announcements regarding school closure due to COVID-19.

With Trojan Pride,

Rolando Bailey

Pictured very top: Congratulations to these hardworking Trojans who have made the Top 10 for the Class of 2020. Their GPA's are astonishing, but these students are going to go above and beyond - this is just the beginning!

Class of 2020 Top 10 ranked: Evon A. Thompson (1), Dortazia Charles (2), Anuvidya Singh (3), Amanda A. Graham (4), Sephora C. Zephyr (5), Eyon-Junior Colley (6), Nick L. Metellus (7), Cindy Cajuste (8), Nyjah Ridley (9), and Daphnica-Love Pierre (10).

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Dates to Watch For

Mar. 16: Start of Spring Break  
Mar. 30: Classes Resume, Begin Qtr. 4
Mar. 30: Report Cards for Qtr. 3   
Apr. 13: PTSA/SAC Meeting, 5:30-6:30 

HUB HappeningsHUB 
Trojan Service Week  
March 2nd-March 6th was Trojan Service Week at Evans Community Partnership School. During this week-long event, students, staff and community members were able to participate in a variety of community service projects both on campus and in the community.

Some of the projects that took place during the week were campus beatification, street clean up, singing and playing BINGO at a senior living facility and helping out at the local Boys and Girls Club. On the last day, participants came together to celebrate the week of service through food, music, awards and games.

A BIG Trojan thank you for contributing in some shape or form to make the first ever Trojan Service Week happen and our 6th year of doing service & good in our local community!

Local Business Support - IHOP on W. Colonial 
Appreciation is everything and we want to make sure our Partner In Education, Mr. Day and his team at IHOP on W. Colonial, was recognized for their generosity on several occasions to serve our students, families and community members. Good is everywhere!

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Talented Trojans!art     
Student artwork now on display at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center  
Ms, Brown-Louis' art students have their work on display at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center in downtown Orlando. Congratulations to Ben Joseph and Antonio Flores on their self portraits being front and center in the district office (below).  
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Bands earn top ratings at their 2020 Music Performance Assessment! 

Please join me in congratulating your Trojan Band program for their outstanding performances at the FBA District 8 Music Performance Assessment this month. The Symphonic Band earned Superior on stage, Superior in sight-reading, and has qualified for State Concert MPA!  
What is also extremely exciting is that we programmed our Concert Band at MPA for the first time! The Concert Band is composed primarily of our younger students, and the earned an Excellent in sight-reading! Our students represented Evans High School in a MAJOR way this year and we should all be proud of these talented Trojans! 
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Spanish 2 with Ms. Cuadros   

Ms. Cuadros had to share this amazing video that her Spanish 2 students created in relation to what they have learned in Spanish class. Thanks to Sports Media for helping put this together.  
Trojan Athleticstrojanathletics 
Girls Wrestling 
Evans can proudly claim two state placers for girls wrestling this year and three qualifiers in girls wrestling. Senior, Michaelle Valentin finished 3rd in the 162lb weight class and Junior, Amber Powell finished 5th in the 222lb weight class. Way to go Ladies.

Girls Weightlifting 
We also had 3 young ladies to compete im the state weightlifting championship tournament in Panama City last month. Coach Poole escorted Senior, Britney Marthurin and Juniors, Tymia McLeod and Brittney Joseph as they competed amongst the best lifters in the state of Florida (below). Joseph and Marthurin improved from last year to finish 8th and 11th respectively while first time lifter, McLeod, finished 19th  in their individual weight classes.

JV & Varsity Flag Football


Trojan Professional Learningprofesslearning 

Our educators participated in breakout professional learning sessions that focused on Strategic Monitoring with both digital and traditional means as well as Improving Literacy Evidences. Teachers that serve as models for these strategies were facilitators of the content and were able to share their experiences as well as open their classrooms for further work to be observed in action.  
Thank you to Ms. Angela Williams, Mr. Randolph, Ms. McLeod, Ms. Davis, Mr. Jackson, Ms. Mannion, Ms. Harris, and Ms. Small for delivering such a great learning experience to your colleagues.
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Testing Updates
Testing season starts not too long after we return from the extended spring break. FSA ELA, EOC, AP, and CFE testing will all take place during the last nine weeks.  Below you will find information about the tests and who has to take them. Let's get ready to show everyone what we know Trojans!

What: The FSA ELA (Florida Standards Assessments English Language Arts) measures student achievement in English Language Arts. The assessment has two components: the FSA Writing component and the FSA Reading component. The FSA Writing component is given one session. The FSA Reading is given over two sessions. Students must take both components. Their score is a combination of both tests. 
Who: All students that are in 9th and 10th grades 
When: FSA Writing - April 1st and FSA Reading - May 4th & May 5th 
Graduation Requirement:  Passing the 10th grade FSA ELA with a level 3 or higher is required to graduate from high school.  Students that do not pass the 10th grade FSA ELA will be given opportunities to retake the test in their junior and senior year. 
How: The FSA ELA is a computer-based test. Students will need headphones during the reading component. They can use their own headphones or one will be provided for them.  

FSA/NGSSS End-of-Course Exams (EOCs) 
What: End of Course exams to measure understanding in FSA Algebra 1, FSA Geometry, NGSSS Biology, and NGSSS US History.
Who: Students who are currently taking Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, and/or US History must take the associated end of course exam.  The FSA EOCs are given in over two sessions.  The NGSSS EOCs are given in one session.
Why: The EOC is 30% of their final grade in these classes.  Students will not receive a grade or credit for the class until they take the exam.
When: FSA Algebra 1/Geometry - May 7th & May 8th; NGSSS US History - May 11th; and NGSSS Biology - May 12th
Graduation Requirement: Passing the FSA Algebra 1 with a level 3 or higher is required to graduate from high school. Students that do not pass the FSA Algebra 1 will be given opportunities to retake the test next year.
How: The FSA/NGSSS EOCs are computer-based tests.

Advanced Placement Tests (AP) 
What: Exit tests created to measure the understanding of AP subjects.
Who: Any student currently taking an AP course.
Why: Students taking AP courses take the AP exams to try to earn college credits in that subject.
When: May 4th - 15th see the AP Testing Schedule for specific dates and times. Students taking AP tests starting at noon will not finish their exam before the end of the school day.
How: AP exams are paper-based tests.

Common Final Exams (CFEs) 
What: The district created common final exams for all courses without a state or national assessment.
Who: Any students taking a course that does not have a state (FSA/NGSSS) or national assessment (SAT, AP, IB).
Why: The CFEs are 20% of the students' final grade in these classes.
When: 12th grade students: April 27th - 29th
9th - 11th grade students: May 20th - 22nd
How:  Most CFEs are computer-based tests.    
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Upcoming Dates *
College/Vo-Tech Week  3/23/2020 - 3/27/2020 
Undecided Day  3/26/2020 
Decision  Day  4/15/2020 
Awards Night  Rescheduling from 5/12 
* Subject to some change due to the extended spring break announced on Friday, March 13th. Updates will be provided after spring break. 
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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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