The Trojan Express
Maynard Evans High School Community Brief
Wednesday, March 31, 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 past week, starting on Friday and continuing this week, Seniors received their latest SAT scores. These results were extremely important, as many students became graduation eligible by meeting or exceeding the necessary SAT concordant score needed for graduation. It is exciting to see students overcoming obstacles and celebrating with their peers as well as staff. This win, as it relates to passing, allows our students to see their future beyond high school whether continuing with higher education, enlisting in the military or joining the workforce certified in a specific field of their choice.

My petition to our students who did not receive the score they were expecting is that now is not the time to throw in the towel, now is the time to commit yourselves to attend tutoring, consistent attendance and diligently working in Khan Academy for additional assistance when not in school. We are here to assist you now more than ever! All we need is your unwavering commitment and together we will overcome this obstacle.

Last week we began the final quarter of the 2020-2021 school year. As we enter the month of April - one of the busiest of the year in terms of the administration of FLDOE state assessments, please pay attention to our testing calendar as FLDOE exams are in close range. I encourage any student needing extra help to take advantage of the extra time available to every student via tutoring after school on Tuesday and Thursday’s

Please be advised that we released Quarter 3 report cards Tuesday, March 30. We ask that all of our parents and guardians review these as soon as possible with their student.

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the rest of your week!

Go Trojans!

Mr. Bailey
Proud Principal 
Evans High School

Pictured very top: Congratulations to our Super Scholars - Lily Pham and Angelica Stewart! Lily has received an acceptance for Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and Angelica Stewart has received an acceptance for Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Cornell University in the fall season on the southern end of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, New York where Lily will be a freshman college student. Cornell is ranked #18 among all National Universities based upon U.S. News & World Report's 2021 rankings.
The Skinner Memorial Chapel on the campus of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where Angelica will enter as a freshman student later this year. Carleton College is ranked #9 among all National Liberal Arts Colleges based upon U.S. News & World Report's 2021 rankings.
Dates to Watch For / Special Events
Mar. 25: OCPS Community Update (testing, summer school, Top Talent)
Mar. 30: Quarter 3 Report Cards released and available on Skyward
Apr. 1: FAFSA Help Night, 2:30-6:00pm in the cafeteria
Apr. 5: Valencia Dual Enrollment - Test score submission deadline
Apr. 7: No early release on this Wednesday
Apr. 8: FSA Writing Exam for 9th and 10 grades (please see below)
Student Spotlight
Valencia College - Horizon Scholars Program
Brinnah Bostic
 Brittney Joseph
Congratulations to Briannah Bostic and Brittney Joseph for completion of the Horizon Scholars Program at Valencia College. 

Horizon Scholars Program recipients receive:
  • A Scholarship: A full-tuition 2-year (60 credit) Florida Prepaid College Scholarship that can be used at any public university, college or vocational/technical school in Florida.
  • A Mentor: A volunteer mentor who will meet with the student twice a month at school to assist and encourage students to achieve their full potential.
  • A College Success Coordinator: A staff member who meets with the student throughout the year to ensure his/her continued success.
  • Workshops: Opportunities for students to develop leadership and professional skills as well as chances to learn about and prepare for the transition into college.
  • Civic Engagement Opportunities: Students will learn about issues facing our community and work alongside community organizations to address those issues.

Upon admission into the program, students must:
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.5 with the expectation of 3.0 or higher.
  • Make a commitment to meet with his/her mentor at least 15 times each school year.
  • Complete all program requirements including, but not limited to attending workshops and completing community service.
  • Continue to exhibit good behavior and attendance
  • Graduate from a Florida Public High School.

We are very proud of Briannah and Brittney!
Performing Arts
Khaleisha Bright       
 Brittney Joseph
Florida All-State Honor Choir & All County Choir
Congratulations to Khaleisha Bright for making the OCPS Honor Choir. Khaleisha represented Evans HS in the Florida All-State Honor Choir and now, along with Brittney Joseph, will represent Evans in the All-County Choir! Great job ladies!!

Trojan Band
Please join us in congratulating the following students on their achievement at FBA State Solo & Ensemble Music Performance Assessment (MPA) this past weekend:

  • Stephanie Brown - Trumpet Solo - Superior Rating
  • Jeremia Nunez - Flute Solo - Superior Rating
  • Quenton Quarterman - Timpani Solo - Superior Rating
  • Derek Edwards - Clarinet Solo - Superior Rating
  • Jaheim Simon - Tuba Solo - Excellent Rating

Each of these students qualified for State S&E by earning a Superior rating performing music of high difficulty (music grades 5, 6, and 7) at the district level. This is a great achievement for Evans High School and we should all be proud! We are still awaiting the results of the FBA Auxiliary Solo & Ensemble event, and we will let you know when those ratings are received.
Spring String Showcase
String Orchestra students in Mr. Morales’s class preparing for their upcoming performance, the Spring String Showcase in early May. Student levels are a mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The pieces we will be playing for our concert are “Shadow Dance” by Richard Meyer and “Where the River Shannon Flows” by James Russell. We will be having several solo and ensemble pieces being performed as well.
Morehouse College - Greater Orlando Upward Bound Math and Science Program
Summer 2021 Opportunity
Are you interested in STEM? Do you want to prepare for your SAT/ACT assessments? This summer Evans High School and Jones High School will be collaborating with Morehouse and the Greater Orlando Upward Bound Math and Science Program. This summer program will provide students with the opportunity to experience College Level Classes with College Professors while preparing for College Entrance Assessments. In addition to the stated experiences, Morehouse has secured a grant from NASA and the STEM activities will involve creating an application for maneuvering an experiment on Mars. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Ms. Benefiel at
Trojan Staff Spotlight
Ms. Guillaume - Spirit of Excellence Award Recipient
Congratulations to Ms. Guillaume for being selected by Orange County Public Schools to receive the 2020-21 Spirit of Excellence Award! Mr. Catel and Mr. Bailey present Ms. Guillaume with her award for being dedicated to our school community. Ms. Guillaume is a member of our Home Visit Team and translates for our students and families.
Ms. Moore
Teacher, wife and mom to four daughters, Ms. Moore wears many hats at Evans and is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. Math and Science have always been her favorite subjects but her love for the adventure of reading is larger! Ms. Moore also loves watching football especially the Florida Gators!! She has experience at both the elementary and middle school levels as a paraprofessional but she is thrilled about the challenge of working with high school students to be successful. I'm most thrilled about being a Trojan!!!

Q: Where did you attend college?  
A: The University of Florida (Go Gators!)

Q: What is your degree in?  
A: Health Education and Behavior

Q: What do you like to do outside of school? 
A: Reading, watching Marvel movies, watching football and basketball, hanging out with my husband and daughters.

Q: What do you like most about working at Evans/being a Trojan?  
A: The sense of family among the students, faculty, and staff. Everyone is so supportive!

Q: A piece of advice for our students?  
A: Remember that you are capable of more than you know, it just takes some effort and consistency. There are people in your life that want to help you succeed!
Ms. McTear
Ms. McTear is a native Orlando resident. Dance has always been an important part of her life, as she has been dancing since the age of 8 years old. She was a part of the dance team at West Orange High School and she then continued to dance throughout her college career as a UF Dazzler at the University of Florida. She is currently the Dance Coach for the Evans High School Auxiliary Dance Team, The Dazzling Emeralds. Ms. McTear has recently joined the Trojan family as the Attendance Clerk and loves working with the Evans staff to continue enhancing and helping the young lives of the students at Evans High School.

Q: What do you like to do outside of school?
A: I like to spend time with family & friends, catch up on TV shows, create choreography and travel.  

Q: What do you like most about working at Evans/being a Trojan?
A: I like being around the students and having a hand in shaping them into adulthood in some way. I also like the pleasant staff that has welcomed me with open arms and has generously shown me the Trojan Way.

Q: A piece of advice for our students?
A: Never give up on yourself, you are always worth it!
Two tests coming up on April 5th and April 8th
ASVAB (April 5th)

Evans High School will be hosting the ASVAB on April 5th. If you are interested in taking the ASVAB, please sign up by April 2nd at . Students must be on campus to take the ASVAB.


Students currently in 9th and 10th grade will take the FSA ELA Writing exam on April 8, 2021. Per the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessments. The FSA ELA Writing test is 120 minutes long. 

Please review the following policies with your student before testing:

* Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smartwatches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if the devices are turned off or students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated.

* Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment that reads: “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators read the rules to students, and students acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by clicking a checkbox beside the statement in the secure browser.

* Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they affirm the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states that because the content of all statewide assessments is secure, students may not discuss or reveal details about the test content (including test items, passages, and prompts) after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to social media sites. Please make sure your student understands this policy prior to testing and remind them that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, posting to social media, or sharing online. While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parents/families.

* Working Independently—Students are responsible for doing their own work during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. In addition, FDOE employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Students’ tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.

* Leaving Campus—If your student leaves campus before completing a test session (e.g., for lunch, an appointment, illness), he or she will not be allowed to return to that test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.

* Testing Accommodations—If your student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), a Section 504 Plan, or is an English Language Learner (ELL) or a recently exited ELL, please contact the school to discuss the testing accommodations that will be provided for your student.

If you have any questions related to this test administration, please contact Laura Schomberg at For more information about the Florida Statewide Assessments program, please visit the portal at
Class of 2021 Updates
Step Up Challenge
Since January our staff have participated in a step challenge, hosted by the SAFE and the Hub. The challenge encouraged participants to Get Up and Move while tracking their progress. Congratulations to team Happy Feet (Ms. Fields, Ms. Rodriguez, Mrs. Bohn, Mrs. Burke, Ms. Steadman, Mrs. Waugh, Mr. Berardi, and Ms. Colas) for being the team with the most steps. Ms. Vanadore won the award for the most overall steps and Ms. Santiago was our winner for the most improved participants. Thank you to all that participated!
Trojan Bingo
The HUB hosted Trojan Bingo for teachers and staff. This was a time to unwind, have fun and test their knowledge of the school. Thank you so much to the United Foundation of Central Florida and the Pine Hills Community Council for providing Jason’s Deli. We would also like to thank the Pine Hills Partnership for providing prizes.
Principal Bailey speaks to our staff at the special Trojan Bingo event hosted by the HUB.
Trojan Athletics
Track & Field
Senior Jahnile Registre, University of South Carolina commitment and the Lady Trojan Track team is off to a great start of the season. Jahnile and the 4x400 and 4x800 relays teams are currently ranked in the top 5 teams in the class 4A classification.  
Lady Trojan Lacrosse
Currently, the Girls Lacrosse team is 4 - 5 which represents their best season and Coach Slaughter believes the team can end the season with a winning record. This will be the first time the girl's Lacrosse team posts a winning season. The progression of the Lady Trojans this season show the hard work and dedication of the Lady Trojans. The team has 5 remaining games including their rival Jones HS on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 6:00 PM. Coach Slaughter also believes that the Lacrosse program will continue to grow over the next few years.
Lady Trojan Varsity Track & Field
Congrats to our girls track and field team for winning by over 40 points against 11 schools on Saturday, February 27th. They will compete again at the Kowboy Invitational in Kissimmee, March 12-13th.
Congratulations to rising senior RB Jeremiah Simms who has received a football scholarship offer from the United States Naval Academy.  Jeremiah has led the football team in rushing yards and touchdowns for the past two seasons. Jeremiah is also an excellent student with a 4.1 GPA. Jeremiah is excited about his senior season where he hopes to lead the Tr0jans into the postseason. Jeremiah is also running track in preparation of spring practice.  
Highlight from last year's Army-Navy game. Jeremiah will be playing for Navy which leads this historical series dating back to 1890 (63-53-7). The U.S. Naval Academy is also highly ranked academically at #6 among National Liberal Arts Colleges according to U.S. News & World Report's 2021 rankings. GO NAVY!
Spring JV Football
The FHSAA has approved for OCPS to allow Spring JV Football. Coach Kenard Lang reported that JV football practices are going well with over 30 JV players participating. The team will play 4 games leading into Varsity spring practice on April 26, 2021. All spring practices will cumulate into the spring football game on May 21, 2021 at Evans vs. Olympia High School with a 7:00 PM start. Tickets for the game can be located on
Lady Trojan Weightlifting
The Lady Trojan Weightlifting Team finished the year with five lifters being selected to the Metro-West conference team. Which includes Sandra Bocico 110 lb., Khaliah Moore 139lb., Elaine Vales 199lb., Jada Lizaire UNL, and senior Brittany Joseph 169lb. and Academic Award Winner. As a team, the Lady Trojan weightlifters placed second on the Metro and District meets. 
Trojan Athletics Reminders...
Upcoming dates can be found on our athletic website at

We have a school wide mandatory tutoring implemented for our student athletes that are in need of immediate attention with the grades. This is a system that has truly been impactful on our athletic body, and we are very elated by the progress being made.
College and Career Resource Center
Financial Aid Night - 4/1/21 - 2:30pm - 6pm, Cafeteria
Attention Trojan Seniors!
Seniors - Are you planning on attending a local college or university? Would you like to the opportunity to have a mentor, up to full tuition reimbursement, a job that offers a schedule that works around your college schedule and valuable work experience? You should complete the Interest Form for a program between Evans High School and Synchrony Bank -
Academic Signing Day
Valencia Bridges to Success Program
Congratulations to Genesis Baires-Ramos, Alexander Raymonvil, Dejanane Marius and Jessica Oreus (pictured above) Lindsey Pierre and Jean Joachim (pictured below). Not pictured - Snaydine Forine, Tia Mcleod, Tymia Mcleod, Darline Raymond and Marc Layana Regis.

This year 11 Trojans were selected for the competitive Bridges to Success Program at Valencia College. Congratulations!! The Bridges to Success (BTS) Summer Program provides students with an opportunity to begin college-level work in the summer prior to full-time degree-seeking enrollment at Valencia College in the fall.
Bridges students receive individualized personal attention from Valencia's faculty and staff. These individuals are dedicated to assisting students in making a successful transition from high school to college and will help build leadership skills through community service and extracurricular activities.

Upon successful completion of the Bridges to Success Summer Program, students will become a Bridges to Success Achievers Scholar in the Fall. Bridges Achievers Scholars receive a renewable in-state full-tuition award and book stipend that will cover up to the full cost of attending Valencia College.
OCPS YouTube Channel
FAFSA Reminders
Ms. Benefiel is located in the CCRC (in Student Services) if you are needing help to complete your FAFSA, College Applications or Scholarships be sure to stop by the CCRC or schedule an appointment by emailing Ms. Benefiel at Ms. Benefiel will also be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Tutoring. Remember, time is ticking and we need to get your FAFSA completed as soon as possible.
FAFSA Information 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)
FAFSA Resource
Meet Wyatt, an easy to use chatbot that answers your questions about the FAFSA by text message. Visit to learn more and sign up. 
Seniors - Are You Needing a Transcript?
Please complete the Google Form at for transcripts.
Senior Opportunities
Seniors, are you interested in attending Orange Technical College? Go to or scan the QR Code for more information.
Volunteer Opportunities
Helpful links:
In order to access the documents below, please be sure to utilize your OCPS Google Drive.

ACT & SAT Testing Dates & Deadlines - 

Evans High School - Scholarships -

Evans High School - Virtual College Visits -

Volunteer Opportunities -

Senior Transcript Request -
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.
Leadership Team
Pride - Determination - Perseverance
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