The Trojan Express
Maynard Evans High School Community Brief
Wednesday, May 5, 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 week is Teacher Appreciation Week. I am so proud of the effort put forth by all of our staff. Since April of last year, our teachers have had to adapt their instruction under a "blended model" to reach our students learning from home as well as those physically in the classroom - often simultaneously. Moreover, they have had to work around strict new guidelines pertaining to Covid health & safety at all times. From a leadership perspective, I could not be more proud of our Trojan staff. Please take a moment to send an email to our teachers – Trojan staff. A simple thank you would mean so much and will not take much of your time.

Thank you, teachers and staff! Without your contributions and your professionalism, especially this past year, we simply don’t have a school. You ARE appreciated!

This week we continue with testing season as our seniors continue their Common Final Exams. We will also be administering the Florida Standards Assessment Reading exam (please see testing schedule below). Our Trojans and their teachers have worked very hard since last August to reach this point, so I hope all students sitting for an exam this week will get a good night's rest the evening before a test and eat a good breakfast the day of the test.

Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maria Vazquez, has released another OCPS YouTube Community Update which includes content relevant to our Evans community. The video is only about seven minutes long, but she touches upon the latest Covid news, vaccination clinics, graduation, summer school, and more.
Please click here to watch her update.

Enjoy Teacher Appreciation Week '21!

Go Trojans!

Mr. Bailey
Proud Principal
Evans High School

Pictured very top: 1) The track renovations are currently at the final stage. 2) 2021 Trojan & Lady Trojan Regional Track & Field Qualifiers
Dates to Watch For / Special Events
May 3-7: Senior Spirit Week / Teacher Appreciation Week - "51 Ways to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week 2021"
May 15: OCPS Parent Academy (Virtual) - "Catch the Summer Wave"
May 19: Spring Football Game vs. Olympia, 7:00 PM
May 27: Class of 2021 Graduation, Amway Center, 8:30 AM

* Please see below for details on the upcoming events.
Student Spotlight
Promise Program - University of Florida
Congratulations Damian Britton for being chosen for the Promise Program at the University of Florida. Damian will enter the University of Florida this summer and major in Chemistry working towards becoming a Doctor of Pharmacy.
What is UF Promise?
UF Promise is a program aimed at first-year college students at the University of Florida. The program works in conjunction with the Office of Admissions, where students are selectively chosen upon entering their first year at UF. Through the admissions process, the university selects candidates for the program who will benefit from additional scholarly support and enrichment for success at UF. Through our program, we encourage these students to grow and meet their full potential beyond their freshman year.

How does it work?
Promise students must begin their first semester during the Summer B semester at UF. There, they are initiated into the Promise Learning & Involvement Community (PLIC), where other Promise students like them share the same residence area on campus. This opportunity made possible through UF Housing allows for peer networking, early college friendships, and lasting relationships among fellow Gators and UF Promise scholars.

Upon arriving at UF Campus, Promise students are invited to attend the OAS Connect Program. Our annual OAS Connect event lets incoming college freshman greet their fellow peers, discover campus resources, and meet their Promise Peer Coaches (PCs), all while becoming accustomed to a university setting for the first time.
Students across campus have been preparing for End of Course Exams, Advanced Placement Exams, Florida Standards Assessments and Common Final Exams. Above, is a review for our U.S. History students (11th Graders) on Reconstruction. 
Spring Orchestra Performance
Evans High School’s Orchestra, directed by Mr. Morales, has been practicing diligently preparing for their Spring Concert on Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm in the Courtyard.
Academic Signing Day
Friday, April 30th
On Friday, April 30th, our Seniors participated in Academic Signing Day. Seniors were celebrated for their commitment to attend their university/college, technical school and the military. Students were able to sign their commitment certificates with their counselors. Our students will venture across the United States as well as one student who has committed to attend Richmond University - The American University in London after graduation.
Volunteer Spotlight
April 23 - You can watch the OCPS Crystal Awards here
Ms. Fatmi-Hall’s recognition begins at 26:22
Ms. Fatmi-Hall is a cornerstone in our school community. She was recently recognized during the 2021 OCPS Crystal Awards. Known to the students on campus as an individual who offers an afterschool program that broadens their horizons as well as exposure to opportunities to give back to the community. 

Mr. Bailey cites Ms. Fatmi-Hall as being responsible for changing the trajectory of students' lives as well as being a True Trojan. The afterschool program, Future Leaders United, sponsored by the United Foundation of Central Florida has had 99 graduates with 94 going to college.
Ms. Fatmi-Hall with Principal Bailey
Class of 2021
Announcements & Reminders
* May 8th Seniors Day Out has been canceled. 
* If you still need to make a cap and gown purchase go to the last delivery will be Thursday, May 6th. Garments can be picked up at the school.
* Contact Nzinga Green at 407-522-3400 or
Summer Opportunity
Morehouse - Greater Orlando Upward Bound Math and Science Program
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.

The 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. 

State Testing
FSA ELA Reading
Ninth and 10th grade students will take the FSA ELA Reading exam on May 6 and 7, 2021. Per the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessments. The FSA ELA Writing test is 90 minutes long each day. The FSA ELA Reading test is computer-based.

FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOCs
Students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 or Geometry courses will take the FSA Algebra 1 or FSA Geometry EOC on May 10th and 11th. Per the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessments. The FSA ELA Writing test is 90 minutes long each day. Students will be allowed to continue testing up to half the school day if needed. All state EOC tests are computer-based tests.

Biology and U.S. History EOCs
Students currently enrolled in Biology 1 or U.S. History courses will take the Biology 1 or U.S. History EOC on May 13th. Per the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessments. The FSA ELA Writing test is 160 minutes long each day. Students will be allowed to continue testing until the end of the school day if needed. All state EOC tests are computer-based tests.

ELA - English Language Arts
EOC - End of Course Exam
FSA - Florida Standards Assessment
Random Acts of Kindness
April 26th-April 30th students participated in Trojan Service Week. This year, the theme was Random Acts of Kindness. Participants gave back by doing things like writing cards to nursing homes, reading and giving care packages to our feeder schools, and so much more! Thank you to all who participated and a special thank you to our committee for all their hard work!
Trojan Athletics
Lady Trojan Track & Field
2021 - Girls Track and Field Region 4A Runner Up’s

On Saturday, our Lady Trojans represented Evans High School with an energy that was electric!  The Lady Trojans have 9 athletes that are 4A State Qualifiers in 9 events. In addition to the impressive state qualifiers, we have 4 events where Lady Trojans were Regional Champions.  This weekend also brought about new school records for Evans High School Lady Trojans in the 4 x 400 Relay (3:48) and the 4 x 800 Relay (9:42). Our Lady Trojans will travel to the University of North Florida in Jacksonville next Saturday to compete in the 4A State Championship. 

In addition, Trojan Senior Omarian Jones is also a State Qualifier in two events and will also travel to Jacksonville next Saturday.

Listed below are the State Qualifiers...
Lady Trojan Regional Champions:
  • 300 Meter Hurdles - Arbriel Scott
  • 400 Meter Dash - Jahnile Registre
  • 4 x 100 Relay Team - Delicia Lawrence, Princess Vigilance, Lindsey Pierre and Kemaj Moore
  • 4 x 400 Relay Team - Kemaj Moore, Amenda Saint Louis, Jahnile Registre and Arbriel Scott

Additional State Qualifiers:
  • 100 Meter Dash - Princess Vigilance
  • 200 Meter Dash - Jahnile Registre
  • 200 Meter Dash - Kemaj Moore
  • 400 Meter Dash - Jahnile Registre
  • 400 Meter Dash - Amenda Saint Louis
  • 800 Meter Run - Alisha Boyer
  • 100 Meter Hurdles - Arbriel Scott
  • 4 x 800 Relay Team - Amenda Saint Louis, Alisha Boyer, Queen Boyer and Kemaj Moore
  • 110 Meter Hurdles - Omarian Jones
  • 300 Meter Hurdles - Omarian Jones
Boys Volleyball
As District Tournaments began throughout the state for volleyball, our Trojans entered into round one against Wekiva where they were victorious. During round two of the district tournament, our Trojans worked hard against Bishop Moore, however did not advance to the second round. Coach Green and Coach Goodwyn are excited about the future of the Boys Volleyball Program.
Lady Trojan Softball
The Lady Trojans entered into the District Tournament on Monday against Colonial High School. During the game, the Lady Trojans fought hard and showed improved skills, however, the first round of the District Tournament was the final game of the season. Coach Welcome and Coach Everett are both excited for the direction of the Lady Trojan Softball program.
Trojan Baseball
True grit and determination, a pillar of our school is the character trait that was shown by the Trojans during their District Tournament. Though the Trojans did not advance to the second round, Coach Jackson is pleased with the Baseball Program's direction and anticipates improved performance next year.
College and Career Resource Center
1) OCPS YouTube College & Career Videos
2) 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)
3) 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. 
4) Seniors - Are You Needing a Transcript?
Please complete the Google Form at for transcripts.
5) Career Paths:
Design Bootcamp (UCF) / Electrical Powerline Technician (Valencia)
6) Orange Technical College:
Seniors, are you interested in attending Orange Technical College? Go to or scan the QR Code for more information.
7) Universities with the most student loan originations:
Source: @howmuch_net; Read full article
Reminder: College-bound Trojans should remember to consider all options carefully before taking on student debt. Please be sure you have your FAFSA and Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA/Bright Futures) paperwork completed. The FFAA application must be submitted prior to high school graduation in order to be considered for eligibility. Please contact with any questions.
8) Valencia College Workshops
9) Volunteer Opportunities
10) 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 -
11) 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
Resources Search Engine for Social Service Needs
The Student Services department has collaborated with the company, Aunt Bertha, to create a customized search engine to help staff, families, and the community better navigate needed social services and resources. The information on the site can be translated into more than 100 languages.
Leadership Team
Pride - Determination - Perseverance
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