The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020  
There has been a lot of reflection on how different and similar this school year has been when compared to previous years. The 1st four years of a principal's tenure is laying the groundwork of how you want to see your school's image and reputation - in the students, community involvement and staff. This time represents growth and maturity that has been instilled from the 1st year freshmen who are now mature seniors and budding adults. The same seniors that are embracing our Pillars of Excellence - Pride, Determination and Perseverance. It was with great honor and humility when the Senior Class of 2021 presented me with a signed petition acknowledging the impact that I have had on their lives. I want to thank, not only the Senior Class, but also all of the MEHS students and staff that motivate and inspire me every day.  
This week we celebrated Red Ribbon week and focused on drug prevention with our Trojans. Devoted readers of The Trojan Express have seen wonderful stories of our students engaged in academic successes, serving others in the community, competing in all kinds of sports venues, sharing their talents in art shows, on the stage, in tough music & chorus competitions, and much more. Evans High has amazing students! However, illegal drugs, underage drinking, misuse of prescription drugs and other behaviors along these lines can ruin the successes our students have worked so hard to achieve.

I ask that all parents, opening this edition, kindly invest some time to discuss with their student(s) the importance of staying drug free. We want our Trojans to continue to experience success in all that they do while in high school and post-graduation.

Thank you, and as always GOOOOOO Trojans!

Rolando Bailey

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Pictured very top: National Principal's Appreciation Month
Our senior class put together a truly meaningful surprise for our proud principal, Mr. Bailey. They put together his favorite treats as well as a petition that was signed to declare him best principal of all time. His impact extends beyond the classrooms he leads, with community members and staff echoing the servant leadership he exhibits. We appreciate you Mr. Bailey, but we value you even more!    
In this Issue  
Testing Information
Teacher Spotlight
Student Spotlight
Trojan Athletics
Dates to Watch For
Oct. 29: PSAT/NMSQT for 10th & 11th
Oct. 30: No School for Students (Teacher Professional Day)
Nov. 1: End of Daylight Savings Time (set clocks back 1 hour)

Testing Informationtesting 

Tenth and Eleventh grade students that have signed up or have been scheduled to take the PSAT/NMSQT will test on October 29, 2020.  Students were automatically scheduled to take this test if they are face-to-face, are juniors taking IB courses or in AP English

Composition, or juniors or sophomores that have taken Algebra 1 and need the Algebra 1 EOC to graduate.  All other LaunchEd students interested in taking the PSAT/NMSQT had to sign up by October 23.

Students scheduled to test on October 29th were sent an email from Ms. Schomberg with their testing location and other directions on Tuesday, October 27th.  Students need to arrive on campus on time to take the PSAT/NMSQT.  Students cannot be admitted to test rooms once the PSAT/NMSQT has started.

Evans High School will be hosting the ASVAB on November 2nd.  If you are a junior or senior and you're interested in taking the ASVAB, please sign up by October 30th at Students must be on campus to take the ASVAB.

PERT Testing
For Dual Enrollment:
Interested in dual enrollment at Valencia or FIU?  If you need PERT scores for enrollment, please sign up to take the PERT by November 3 at

Students that sign up for the PERT test for Dual Enrollment will test the week of November 9th. Students must be on campus to take the PERT test.  

For Graduation Requirement:
Seniors in need of the Algebra 1 EOC graduation requirement will have an opportunity to take the PERT Math test the week of November 3. Please check your school email the week of November 2 for your test date and more information. Students must be on campus to take the PERT Math test.

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Meet Mr. Curry, Business


My name is Michael Curry and I am ecstatic about my first year teaching at the great Evans High School. I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida (Pine Hills) and I have 4 brothers and 2 sisters. I graduated high school in 2008 and I am proud to say that I am a product of Evans High School. As a student, I was involved in many clubs but my favorite was being a part of the Green Machine Band. I was an average student and prior to attending Evans I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do after high school. I have my teachers and administration to thank for assisting me with making such a life changing decision. By my senior year I decided to go to college and my teachers and administration made sure to help me anyway they could. Mr. Bailey even wrote a letter of recommendation for me. I was awarded a music scholarship to several colleges and decided to attend Bethune Cookman University.

I have my Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and I am currently pursuing my masters in Educational Leadership. Although this is my first year teaching at Evans, I have been working with the band program for the last 2 years. I really enjoy working with this group and look forward to working with both the band and school for many years to come.

For our Trojans: Mr. Curry's advice for our students is to sit down and create a plan for what you want out of life after high school. Create some action steps and don't overwhelm yourself trying to do it all at once. 
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For the 4th consecutive year, the Evans High School band program will be sponsored by the HapCo Music Foundation for a series of jazz education clinics. This year our sponsored clinician is jazz saxophonist Jeff Rupert. Jeff Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist and Director of Jazz Studies at UCF.

Trojan Athleticssports

UofSC Commitment
Congratulations to Evans Senior Jahnile Registre! Jahnile has committed to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks to attend on a Track & Field Scholarship. Jahnile is an outstanding 400 meter sprinter, and is currently ranked in the top 5 by Florida Runners. Jahnile will complete the process by participating in early signing on November 11, 2020.

Cross Country
The Boys/Girls Cross Country teams will be competing in Districts this Friday, October 30 at West Orange HS. The meet is scheduled to start at at 7:30 am. We look forward to your support.

The Varsity Football team will play Lake Brantley HS Patriots, on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the Trojans Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM. This game will also serve as our SENIOR NIGHT for the famous Marching Trojans. The Senior Night festivities will start at 6:00 PM.

Winter Sports Getting Underway:
Girls/Boys Basketball
Girls/Boys Soccer
Girls/Boys Wrestling
Girls Weightlifting: Parent meeting was held on Wednesday, Oct. 28 via 'Microsoft Teams' or Weightroom
Competitive Cheer

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College and Career Resource Centerccc    
News & Contact: 
Follow Evans College & Career on Instagram - @EvansCollegeCareer   
Ms. Benefiel - Email:

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)   

The FAFSA opened on October 1 and we have been utilizing your students' Government and Economics classes to help your student complete the FAFSA. Appointments will also be available after school for assistance in completing the FAFSA. Parents, please make sure you have created or verified your FSA ID as well as gathered your 2019 Tax Form - 1040 and any other income documents (W-2's if parents filed as "Married Filing Jointly"). Your student can sign up for an appointment at -

FAFSA Information Google Slide Presentation - (Note - your student must access this Google Slide Presentation from their OCPS STUDENT Google Account)

FSA ID Creation Google Slide Presentation - (Note - your student must access this Google Slide Presentation from their OCPS STUDENT Google Account)

FAFSA - Step by Step Instructions - (Note - your student must access this Google Slide Presentation for their OCPS Student Google Account)

OCPS hosted a Virtual Parent Financial Aid Night (English) on 9/16/20.  The Virtual Information Session was recorded and can be viewed at this link -

OCPS hosted a Virtual Parent Financial Aid Night (Spanish) on 9/17/20.  The Virtual Information Session was recorded and can be viewed at this link -

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.  
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
Assistant Principal: Lataniah Smith 
Senior Administrator: Casey Waugh

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