The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Tuesday, October 13, 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.

As we start the 2nd 9 weeks, we will have more students who will return to campus for face-to-face instruction. We welcome our students back to their physical campus. We will review with our Trojans safety measures that are in place for social interaction and in-person learning.

Parents, 1st 9 weeks grades will be available for you to review your students' progress thus far. Please check our school website to view the voice over explaining how to access your student's progress report. This will be available on Thursday, October 15th. In the event you need assistance, our parent coordinator, Mrs. Constance Clark, is available for assistance and can be reached by e-mail at or 407-522-3400 ex 6232314.

Over the course of the 2nd 9 weeks, our administrative team members, including myself will begin having weekly meeting with all of our students. The focus of these meeting is to engage with our Trojans in an effort to ask about their needs relating to academics, concerns with technology, keeping them connected to school and to offer support and encouragement.  These meetings will start this week, as students are contacted via Canvas.

Our 1st home varsity football game will be Friday at 7pm. It is our goal to stream our home games for our Trojan supporters and families. Please visit for more information about viewing procedures for Friday. We also will introduce the 2021 Varsity cheerleaders and The Green Machine pep band, as they are excited about the opportunity to support our team and join in on the fun!

Go Trojans!

Rolando Bailey

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Pictured very top: Girls volleyball team celebrating Class of 2021 Seniors Night. 
In this Issue  
SAC & PTSA Meeting
Class of 2021
Parent Tech Tips
Trojan Teacher Spotlight
Student Spotlight
Evans Partners
Trojan Athletics
HUB Happenings
Art Challenge
Food for Thought
Dates to Watch For
Oct. 14 - SAT for Seniors
Oct. 15 - Drive-Thru College Fair
Oct. 16: Football at Home vs. Lake Mary (see Trojan Athletics website for live streaming info.)
Oct. 20: PSAT for 9th Grade
Oct. 29: PSAT/NMSQT for 10th & 11th

In order for all students participating in SAT School Day (October 14, 2020) to complete their tests without concern for running out of time, all OCPS students will be scheduled for a full school day instead of the normal early dismissal, Wednesday, October 14, 2020.  

The other two 2020-21 school year exam dates that require a full Wednesday student days are March 3, 2021, and April 7, 2021.
THIS EVENING! Monthly PTSA & SAC Meetingssacptsa

From 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM today we will hold our monthly PTSA & SAC meetings. The meetings will be held virtually with the link information in the flyer just below. All members of our Evans school community are invited and encouraged to participate.

Parents, please check out even more information for you on our school website, including our Parent and Family Engagement Plan.

Class of 2021: Important Informationclassof2021 
Mrs. Nzinga Green
407-522-3400 ext 6233413

Ms. Donna Benefiel
407-522-3400 ext 6232600

Ms. Alexandria Turnley
407-522-3400 ext 6232235 
Mrs. Diana Varnadore

* Yearbook - Schedule Your Senior Portraits (Links to an external site.) 321-952-9876
Purchase Your Yearbook (Links to an external site.)

* Cap and Gown Measurement - Cap and Gown Measurements

* Instagram @mehs_snr21 CLASS OF 2021 INSTAGRAM  

* Twitter Evans High School Twitter

* Senior Website Senior Class Website

Cap and Gown Order

* SAFE Conversations - Do You Need Support?

* Wellness Appointment - Do You Need a Doctor's Appointment?  

Attention ParentsMTSS   
Testing Informationtestinginformation

All seniors will have the opportunity to take the SAT on Wednesday, October 14th. Seniors should have received an email from Ms. Schomberg with their testing location and other directions on Monday, October 12th.  All seniors need to arrive on campus on time to take the SAT.  Students cannot be admitted to the test rooms once the SAT has started.

Ninth grade students will have the opportunity to take the PSAT 9 on October 20, 2020.  This is a practice test for the PSAT/NMSQT which is a practice test for the SAT.  This test is given on the computer and students must be on campus to take this test.  If you have a LaunchEd student and you want them to take this test, please indicate your interest before 10/16/2020 by signing up for a room using this link: PSAT 9 Sign Up 

Tenth and Eleventh grade students will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 29, 2020.  If you are a junior, this test will also potentially make you eligible for the National Merit Scholarship.  This test is given on paper and students must be on campus to take this test.  Students that have taken Algebra 1, but have not yet passed the Algebra 1 EOC are strongly encouraged to take the PSAT/NMSQT.  A Math score of 430 on the PSAT/NMSQT can be used as a concordant score for the Algebra 1 EOC.  If you have a LaunchEd student and you want them to take this test, please indicate your interest before 10/16/2020 by signing up for a room using this link: PSAT/NMSQT Sign Up

Parent Tech Tipsparenttechtips

All OCPS Tech Tips for families will be available on the Parent Tech Tips Channel on YouTube. Subscribe!

Trojan Teacher Spotlightteacherspotlight
Mrs. Johana Perez Mitchell, PLTW (Project Lead The Way)

Mrs. Johana Perez Mitchell is a PLTW teacher who has earned her certification in Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Digital Electronic (DE). Mrs. Mitchell was born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and graduated from Olney High School in Philadelphia, PA. Mrs. Mitchell attended Columbia College where she earned a Master's degree in Business. She joined Evans High School in 2020. When she is not at Evans, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 sons, traveling, listening to music, dancing, watching the Investigation Discovery Channel, and working on Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects around her home.

What she likes most about working at Evans is her students. She enjoys helping bring out their potential, talents, and developing their strengths. Helping students move forward with skills they will use for the rest of their lives is gratifying and truly fulfilling.

Mrs. Mitchell's advice to her students: "Take Pride in everything you do and see challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. Have the Determination to overcome obstacles and give your best efforts. Perseverance fuels the learning experience; set goals and continue to work on achieving them."
Student Spotlightstudentspotlight
Check out the latest winners of the Bracing for Greatness Scholarship provided by Baptiste Orthodontics.

Ar'briel Scott (F) - Cross Country-10th grade 
4.5 weighted GPA and a perfect attendance record
* First athlete to practice every day.
* While she is only a sophomore, she exhibits leadership as an overall student-athlete.
* Ranked to be All Metro Team

Grayson Francis (M) - Male Swimming- 11th grade   
* 5.1 weighted GPA and a perfect attendance record
* Comes to practice every day
* He is a leader in the pool
* Highlights of Grayson as an athlete: Fast breastroke and fast 50 m freestyle.

Evans Trojans participate in virtual town hall: From NBA.Com - "Mo Bamba Talks to Youth About Importance of Voting During Virtual Town Hall" 

Mo Bamba (Orlando Magic Center) during the town hall Zoom call with 20 Orlando students who attend either Evans or Jones High School.
Evans Partner RecognitionPIE
Thank you to Leela Mohammed / Fleet Farming & Ford Motor Co.

Leela Mohammed, Community Member 
A very special thank you to our  local community member, Leela Mohammed for providing our students and staff with 10,000 surgical face masks. We appreciate the love and support for our Trojans!
Above is our Parent Engagement Liaison, Ms. Clark, with two of our students assistants who delivered the masks around campus.
Fleet Farming 
It's like Christmas in October for the Agriscience Department! Thanks to grant funding and partnership with Fleet Farming and Ford Motor Company.

In October, Fleet Farming raised $55,000 for Evans which will be used to sustain the education team, supplies/soil and plant replacements. This will continue through the end of the year and there are more supplies coming!  Supplies included over 40 items that will aid in sustainability including everything from storage bins to a composter. Thank you Fleet Farming team!
Processing station to clean and wash the veggies
There will be an assortment of vegetables growing in these beds.
Trojan Athleticssports

This is an exciting week for Evans Athletics. The Varsity Football team led by Coach Vernon Mitchell is back in action against Lake Mary. The Football team traveled to Oak Ridge High School on Friday, October 9, 2020, to take on the Pioneers in what is considered a rivalry game. The Trojans were victorious coming out on top 44-33. The Mighty Trojans have been working extremely hard to start the season strong and continue the momentum.

Our outstanding Girls Volleyball team returned home to face the Jones High School Tigers on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 5:30 PM JV and Varsity at 7:00 PM. The team also celebrated the seniors during the Senior Night festivities. Congratulations to the team and Coach Goodwyn for all the success this team has had thus far.
Winter Sports:
Winter Sport Programs have started workouts which include:
  • Girls/Boys Basketball
  • Girls/Boys Soccer
  • Girls/Boys Wrestling
  • Girls Weightlifting
  • Competitive Cheerleading
Remember to visit for the latest in scores, pictures, and schedules.

  • October 14: Boys Swimming vs. Ocoee/Jones, 3:30 PM at Frontline Outreach Pool
  • October 14: Girls Swimming vs. Ocoee/Jones, 3:30 PM at Frontline Outreach Pool
  • October 16: Boys Varsity Football vs. Lake Mary, 7:00 PM at HOME
  • October 23: Boys Varsity Football vs. Apopka, 7:00 PM (Conference game)
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)

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. 
Covid-19 employment recovery by educational attainment ... 
As is normally the case during economic slowdowns, those with greater levels of education fare better when it comes to returning back into the work force as things gradually improve.

Source: The Wall Street Journal; Read full article 
HUB Happeningshubhappenings  
College Admissions 101 Zoom Series - Calls with Evans Alumni who have attended or are now attending four different Florida universities. 

Art Challengeartchallenge    

Food for Thoughtfoodforthought     
1. Share of College Student Debt by Age
If you scroll back up, you will see where Ms. Benefiel from our CCRC has a lot of useful information ready for our Class of 2021 seniors with respect to college financial aid. This chart is important in that it shows that younger persons are saddled with a great deal of the United States' total student loan debt. The problem with carrying too many loans is that once you graduate from college, choices like buying a house or getting married can be impacted. Ms. Benefiel can help our Trojans explore all college financial aid options.  

Source: United States Federal Reserve Bank; Read the full report

2. Here are some positive, long-term global trends!
Source: @SteveStuWill; Read full article

Mr. Bailey, Principal
Evans High School
Tuesday, October 13, 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
Assistant Principal: Lataniah Smith 
Senior Administrator: Casey Waugh

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