The Trojan Express
Maynard Evans High School Community Brief
Monday, August 9, 2021
Evans Community Member,

Welcome to Evans High School, "A Place of High Achievement" where our focus is on literacy, rigor and relationships. Our school's pillars of pride, determination and perseverance continue to be on display daily by our students, staff and community. School starts Tuesday, August 10, 2021. The first bell will ring at 7:15am!

It is with great enthusiasm that our teachers, staff, and administrators look forward to the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. We have just finished our annual pre-planning week coming off a very busy summer preparing to start the year.

Evans has a lot to offer our students and we encourage our students to get involved in athletics, clubs and extra-curricular activities. When students focus on their academics, surround themselves with those who are on the same mission academically and get involved with school activities, they experience immense success in high school and beyond.

Kindly remember that we at Evans High and OCPS are doing our very best to make sure our students and staff are safe while at the same time working to deliver a high quality learning experience for every single student. We are all in this together and I want to remind our parents and guardians that we as a staff at Evans are honored that you have entrusted us with this critical component of your students’ lives. Thank you for sharing them with us and we will see to it that starting this coming Tuesday, they have a wonderful educational experience this school year!

Please review the contents below with your student as this will help our school continue to thrive and remain a place that focuses on academics and limit conversations about non-compliance of school-wide procedures.

Mr. Bailey

Pictured above: Front Row: Ms. Ildefonso, Mr. Shreffler and Ms. Avitan Second Row: Ms. Santiago, Ms. Moseley and Mr. Castel Third Row: Ms. Stewart, Ms. Lawe and Ms. Schomberg; Top Row: Mrs. Porter and Ms. Geneus; Not Pictured: Donna Benefiel
Important Message from Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins
Student Face Mask Policy
OCPS families and staff,

As many of you know, the State Board of Education met this morning to adopt new rules related to attendance and Hope Scholarships. You can find the new rules by clicking Back-to-School FAQs on the district’s home page at While neither rule addressed face masks, they did provide background for the 1:30pm webinar presented by the Florida Department of Education. More critical to that presentation was the newly adopted rule by the Florida Department of Health which is also available in the FAQ. Details include that parents must be given an opt out choice if face masks are required by the school district. I want to acknowledge parents who are passionate on both sides of this debate and realize neither group will be fully satisfied at this juncture.

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students and employees, and after consultation with our health experts and school board members, I am implementing required face masks for all students unless the parent chooses to opt out of the requirement. Opting out means sending a simple note with your child on the first day of school such as “I am opting out of the face mask requirement for (child’s name)” with your signature. The student may give the note to the teacher. This mandate is effective for 30 days, beginning Tuesday, August 10th. We will continue to monitor the situation with our local experts and make a determination about how to proceed before the 30 days have expired.

~ Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent of Schools
Friday, August 6, 2021
Traffic on the first days of school is always extremely busy, heavy, and congested. We strongly encourage students with bus transportation to ride the bus starting the first day of school. However, if your student is registered for bus transportation and you do not know your student's bus number, routing number, pick-up/drop-off locations, and times, you may retrieve this information at this OCPS Find a Bus webpage. If your student is a car rider, we strongly encourage that you allow for at least an extra 20 minutes to get into the student drop-off. We ask that you be patient as many parents will be driving their students to school. The same will apply for afternoon pick-up.
OCPS Calendar
Bell Schedule
Dress Code
Cellphone Policy
Student Services
Tentative Student Schedules
Tentative student schedules were made available on Skyward last Friday morning. Please note that guidance counselors are still hard at work ensuring that every student gets the courses they need to be successful, so some changes are likely to these schedules before the first day of school on Tuesday, August 10th. A schedule change request form will be made available to students on the first day to address any concerns that have not been corrected by that time. If you need information on how to access Skyward, you can visit for detailed directions. Students can visit to access Skyward and view their tentative schedules as well.
Student Schedule Concerns
Do you have a schedule concern? Please complete the following link - The link is also available on the school website and on Canvas - Student Body course.

VERY IMPORTANT - Schedule change requests will not be accepted to change a teacher or a lunch period.
2021 OCPS High School Assistant Principal of the Year!
Mrs. Nelson-Warren
Realizing the magnitude of support that Mrs. Nelson-Warren provides for Evans High School it is easy for each member of the Evans High School community to understand the choice for OCPS 2021 High School Assistant Principal of the Year. As an alumni of Evans High School, Ms. Nelson-Warren has been in education for 23 years and has been at Evans High School for a total of 19 years. Ms. Nelson-Warren embodies the pillars of Evans High School - Pride, Determination and Perseverance. We are very thankful for her guidance, knowledge and leadership. Congratulations Mrs. Nelson-Warren.
EHS 2021-22 Parking Applications
Parking applications are located in the Media Center. Listed below are the requirements for obtaining a Evans High School Student Parking Permit for 2021-22.

This complete application must be returned to the media center with the
1. EHS Student ID
2. Vehicle Registration Form
3. Valid Driver’s License
4. Valid Insurance Card
5. Report Card or transcript with current GPA. (must be 2.0 or higher)
6. One copy of your Student ID, Vehicle Registration, Driver’s License and Insurance Card
(Copy machine available in the media center @.10 cents per copy.)
7. Completed & signed “Consent to Search and Waiver of Liability” form.
8. $25.00 ($23.47 Decal, $1.53 Sales Tax) Cash or Card only, no checks.
Freshman Trojan Seminar
On August 4th, our incoming new Trojans were invited to the Trojan campus to explore. During the Freshman Trojan Seminar new Trojans were able to experience a pep rally, campus tours and a student panel where our new Trojans could ask questions from our Trojans. #Class of 2025
Staff Spotlight!
Meet some of our new Trojans for 2021-2022!
Janeika Sweet, Dean - Alpha T-Z
Where are you from?
I am originally from North Florida and moved to Central Florida to attend college.

College / University
I am a proud KNIGHT! I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Central Florida.

What are your hobbies?
I love to travel, shop and spend time with my family and friends. My favorite city to visit is New York.
Tyler Yip, Social Studies Department
Where are you from?
Parkland, Florida

College / University
I received my Bachelors in Arts from Florida Atlantic University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Gender Studies. Go Owls!

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy being a Mom to my 9-year-old daughter, reading, cooking, and traveling with my fiance and our two dogs.
Andre Tran, Math Department
Where are you from?
I am from Orlando and an Evans High School Alumni.

College / University
The University of Central Florida. Go Knights!

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy sand volleyball and a fun fact is that I can sing the alphabet backwards.
Sarah Parker, Science Department
Where are you from?
I am originally from New Jersey, but I spent most of my first career working as a zookeeper in New York City. I recently moved to Florida and I'm excited to begin my second career as a biology teacher at Evans High School.

College / University
I received my bachelors degree from Cedar Crest College with a major in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology as well as minors in Chemistry and Religious Studies. Later, I continued school as an adult and received a masters degree in Entomology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

What are your hobbies?
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, and exceptionally long road trips.
Trojan Athletics
Evans High School - Fall 2021 Athletic Coaches
* Athletic Director - Mr. Thompson -
* Football - Coach Lang -
* Bowling - Coach Delaney -
* Cross Country (Boys) - Coach Carter -
* Cross Country (Girls) - Coach Daniley-Porter -
* Golf - Coach Lewis -
* Swimming - Coach Steadman -
* Volleyball - Coach Goodwyn -
ECG Opportunity
August 18, 2021 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm students will have an opportunity to complete the required ECG in the gymnasium. Student athletes will be required to complete an ECG to participate in athletics this school year. Please register at If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Edwards at
2021 Varsity Football Schedule
2021 Junior Varsity Football Schedule
Athletic Clearance Instructions
** Please contact Ms. Varnadore, the Yearbook Sponsor, if you have any questions at
College and Career Resource Center
1) OCPS YouTube College & Career Videos
2) OCPS YouTube College & Career Videos
3) Additional Scholarship Websites
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
1) Back to school sales tax break ends on Monday:
* During this period, shoppers can avoid paying sales taxes on clothes costing $60 or less, school supplies costing $15 or less and the first $1,000 of the price of personal computers. Source: Florida Dept. of Revenue
2) Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launches new rent assistance search tool:
Source: Spectrum News - Read full story
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday, July 28 introduced its new Rental Assistance Finder, a search tool* anyone can use to quickly access more than 700 emergency rental assistance programs local, state and tribal governments have launched nationwide.

*The search tool allows users to filter assistance programs by location to find help near them.

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Mr. Bailey, Principal
Evans High School
Sunday, August 8, 2021
Leadership Team
Pride - Determination - Perseverance
Principal: Rolando Bailey
Assistant Principal: Esther Hodge
Assistant Principal: Kenya Nelson Warren
Assistant Principal: Bradley Shreffler
Assistant Principal: Lataniah Smith
Assistant Principal: Clarence Truitt
Senior Administrator: Casey Waugh
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