The Trojan Express
Maynard Evans High School Community Brief
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Evans Community Member,

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.

This summer is very busy as students are working through our summer learning experience and team building with the Morehouse or Calculus Project. Reports cards are now available for pickup for students who would like to have a hard copy. Our office hours of operation is 7:30am until 4:30pm daily.

Throughout the summer, it is important to continue to practice skills which were obtained during the year. Since students have their laptops, they have access to sites such as Khan Academy to work on areas that will strengthen knowledge in content areas that will continue when August arrives. Additionally, please find information on the website related to summer learning, which began on June 2. Our second summer learning experience will start on June 25 for students who need to recover grades from 1st semester or 2nd semester.

Remember that the entire 2021/2022 OCPS school year calendar is available online. The most important date for students to keep in mind: Monday, August 10, the 1st day of school for students. See the full calendar here. Please remember to visit our website and the OCPS website this summer for the latest news updates.

Mr. Bailey

Pictured very top: The Evans High School graduation ceremony was held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Amway Center. Our Trojans were excited to be able to participate in the graduation ceremony. We wish all of our new Trojan alumni success and remember - #OnceATrojanAlwaysATrojan!
2021-2022 Calendar
Mrs. Kreider promoted to principal of Edgewater High School.

For seven years Heather Kreider served the students, community, faculty, and staff of Evans High School. Initially beginning her Evans tenure as a Math Coach, Mrs. Kreider supported the pillars of our school. After becoming an Assistant Principal, she embodied these pillars to be a cornerstone of our success. Mrs. Kreider is the new Principal of Edgewater High School and we wish her all the success!

Always remember, Once A Trojan - Always A Trojan!
Student Spotlight
Super Scholars
In addition to Lily Pham (Cornell University) and Angelica Stewart (Carleton College) we are proud to announce two additional Super Scholars.
Pennington Scholarship
Recently, members of the Coach Pennington Scholarship Fund visited Evans High School. During the visit, they toured the new Trojan track as well as the gymnasium. The history of sports at Evans High School was shared and the members were able to meet some of the student Pennington Scholarship recipients. 

About the Coach Pennington Scholarship
Mr. Fred Pennington coached basketball from 1960 - 1976 at Evans High School. He grew from being a basketball and football coach to Evan’s athletic director and then went on to serve as the school’s assistant principal. Before retiring in 1990, Coach Pennington impacted thousands of lives, instilling values and teaching life lessons that helped shape generations of students who are now giving back to today’s students through this scholarship in Coach’s honor.
Pictured left to right: Principal Rolando Bailey, Russ Salerno, Donna Benefiel, Pam Carson, David Mcleod and Phil Zeman.
West Orange Chamber of Commerce - S.O.A.R. Award
Congratulations to Mariangel Garzon, an 11th Grade Trojan who was awarded the “S.O.A.R. Award". This honor is an award of merit, recognizing students who have shown initiative, good citizenship, commitment and personal growth in the classroom. The S.O.A.R. Award stands for “Students of Achievement and Renown” and is presented by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. Great Job Mariangel!
The Shoultz and Goodwin Families Scholarship
The Shoultz and Goodwin families have generously pledged to pay the difference in cost owed for three of our students to attend college over the next four years. This is almost $80,000! Thank you to our partner 98.5 The Wire for hosting this special event.

Students awarded:
  • Angelica Stewart - Howard University
  • Jeremia Nunez - FAMU
  • Gardyson Etienne - FAMU
Summer School - Term B
Summer School Session B begins on June 25, 2021 and runs through 7/27/21.
**There is no school July 1 – July 9.

Students attend Monday - Friday from 9:30a – 2:45p; breakfast and lunch are provided.
**Students need their fully charged laptops with them each day.

**Cellphone and dress code policies are still followed during summer school.

Please reach out to your guidance counselor to determine the need for a student to attend Summer Session B:

Please email Ms. Birdsong , Ms. Smith or Ms. Hodge if you have any other questions.
Trojan Athletics
Athletic Department New Staff Members:
Thomas Tyler, Assistant Business Manager 
Coach Tyler brings a great deal of experience to Evans High School. The past few years Coach Tyler has served as a Mathematics Coach and Administrative Dean at the elementary level. Coach Tyler has previously worked here at Evans High School as an administrative dean, math teacher, and athletic director. A graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a proud member of Omega Psi Phi.

Barabara Verity, Assistant Athletic Director   
Ms. Verity created and implemented our first school-wide athletic academic monitoring program during the second semester which played a critical part in increasing GPA average of our athletes. Ms. Verity will continue to work with the Social Science/History department, and Avid Coordinator, while expanding her role in the athletic department. Ms. Verity is a proud graduate of the University of Central Florida.
Evans High School - Fall 2021 Athletic Coaches
Athletic Director: Mr. Thompson  Email:
Thank you Ms. Fields!
We would like to extend a huge “Thank You” and appreciation to Ms. Fields for her dedicaiton to the Evans High School Cheerleading Program. Ms. Fields has been the Cheerleading Sponsor for Evans High School for the past 15 years. Her dedication to the program has been immense and has brought leadership and guidance to countless student athletes. Thank you again Ms. Fields!

New Cheerleading Sponsor
Ms. Mellisa Oates
Ms. Oates, Business Education (CTE) is "fired up and ready to go!" Entering her 8th year of teaching in the classroom. As head coach, Ms. Oates will bring high energy, high expectations and love for the “sport” of cheer.Ms. Oates will continue to expand on the culture of pride and excellence that our cheer program have here at Evans High School. Coach oates is a graduate of Lenior-Rhyne University and a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Cheer Tryouts
Mandatory Parent Meeting - Tuesday, July 27, 2012 at 5:15pm
Summer Conditioning and Workouts
2021 Varsity and JV Football Schedules
Summer ECG Opportunity
Athletic Clearance Instructions
College and Career Resource Center
1) OCPS YouTube College & Career Videos
2) Orange Technical College:
Seniors, are you interested in attending Orange Technical College? Go to or scan the QR Code for more information.
3) Volunteer Opportunities
4) Additional College Scholarships
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.
Community Resources
Rent Assistance - More details here
Food for Thought
1) Black Americans with college degrees. Those with a college degree or more education has more than doubled since 2000.
Source: Pew Research; Read full article
2) Apartment rents have been rising again. Families needing help should explore the Orange County Emergency Rental Assistance info.
Source: Evercore ISI
3) US wages by educational attainment: 
4) Wisdom To Live By:
Naomi Osaka On Persistence
You just (have to) keep going and fighting for everything and one day you'll get to where you want.
~ Naomi Osaka, tennis player

Helen Keller On Adaptability
A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.
~ Helen Keller, author

Kobe Bryant On Family
My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.
~ Kobe Bryant, NBA superstar

Maya Angelou On Fulfillment
Success is loving life and daring to live it.
~ Maya Angelou, author
Florida flag
Enjoy the rest of your week and please remember to visit our website and social media for the latest updates!
Mr. Bailey, Principal
Evans High School
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Leadership Team
Pride - Determination - Perseverance
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