The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Monday, September 3, 2018  
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.

Kudos & Shout Outs to Students!
I want to recognize what a GREAT job students are doing getting to class on time and keeping the campus clean! It truly shows that our students understand the importance and respect of instructional class time as well as showing Trojan PRIDE in the campus. It is noticed - THANK YOU!

Open House
Parents, please mark your calendar as Evans open house date is set for Tuesday, September 11th. Open house will start promptly at 6:30pm and conclude at 8:00pm. Parents, you will report directly to your son/daughter first period class. We look forward to your arrival as teachers will share detailed information concerning what your son/daughter will learn this year and beyond

Parents, now is the time to act, if you received a phone call from me next week as it relates to your student having one or more unsatisfactory grades. Please do not wait until the week of October 13th when Report Card grades are due. In our effort to assist your student with additional support, all instructional classroom staff offer tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:15pm until 2:40pm and additional tutoring hours are extended via our media center from 2:45pm until 4:30pm. Students are fed via our OCPS, "Supper Program" and have access to OCPS transportation.

Saturday School Amnesty Day
If students need to make up test or missed assignments, or if they need to catch up with their online class; our Saturday School Amnesty program is available to all. Our Saturday School instructor, Ms. Tamara Birdsong. Ms. Birdsong is here to assist and can be reached via e-mail at Tamara.Birdsong should you have any questions. Students are to report to media center from 9am until noon.

Listed below are the dates for the 1st semester:
* Saturday, September 15th
* Saturday, October 13th
* Saturday, November 10th
* Saturday, December 15th

Teacher of the Year 2019 (pictured at very top)
Ms. Ashley Steadman, Biology
Congratulations to Ms. Steadman as our 2019 Teacher of the Year! Her peers expressed, "She fosters excellence in education, is supportive of her colleagues, is a teamplayer, student advocate, has genuine care for students, is always willing to take on other tasks and duties for the students and to support Administration, great PLC collaborator, thinks of the team before herself, engaging standards-based lessons." and "She is a tremendous asset to the school. Not only does she make her science classroom fun and inviting the students do well...she extends herself beyond the classroom by sponsoring SGA as well as being head coach of the swim team."

We will be celebrating our 2019 Support Person of the Year in our next issue, so stay tuned!

With Trojan Pride,

Principal Rolando Bailey
Pictured very top: Recognition of Ms. Steadman, Biology teacher and Evans High School's 2019 Teacher of the Year. 
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Content (click for that section)

Academic Rigor
AP Mock Exams
Amnesty Saturdays
Trojan Spotlight
New Trojan Teacher
College and Career Center
Senior Update
August Attendance
Trojan Athletics
Partner in Education
HUB Happenings
Congressional App Challenge
Dates to Watch For

September 3: Labor Day Holiday  
September 4: Evans' Academic Recovery Center (ARC) begins to offer tutoring and assignment help in all subject areas (below) 
September 7: Deadline to register for October SAT (using waiver) 
September 10: Duke University visit 
September 10: Registration deadline for "Congressional App Challenge" (U.S. Representative Val Demings) 
September 11: Vanderbilt University visit 
September 11: OPEN HOUSE 
September 11: Financial Aid Night (below)  
September 11: Dental screenings (below)  
September 12: FSU & Univ. of Miami visit 
September 13: Senior panoramic picture   
September 13: Colgate University visit 
September 15: Saturday School Amnesty Day
September 15: OCPS Parent Academy 
October 13: Report cards due for Quarter 1   

Labor Day has been a national holiday since June 1894 when President Grover Cleveland faced a crisis of striking railway workers in Chicago at the Pullman Palace Car Company.

Trojan Academics: "Rigor in the Classroom"rigor 
Snapshots from around campus over recent days . . .
Mathematics with Ms. Mannion and Ms. Davis 
Algebra I classes are invested in using close reading to deconstruct word problems and then tackle the standards through the rotational model. Ms. Mannion's and Ms. Davis' classes work through strategies for solving problems in context. The rotational model allows for students to work with the concept in multiple exposures: individually, in collaborative groups, and with the teacher directly in a small group. Our paraprofessionals support the rotational model as well for our English Language Learners as they assist in making meaning with our students.
Trojan Tutoring and Academic Supportapmockexam
AP Mock Exam Schedule 
Amnesty Saturdaysamnestysaturday 
Progress Report 1: Saturday, September 15th 
Report Card 1: Saturday, October 13th
Progress Report 2: Saturday, November 10th
Report Card 2: Saturday, December 15th
Progress Report 3: Saturday, February 9th
Report Card 3: Saturday, March 9th
Progress Report 4: Saturday, April 20th
Report Card 4: Saturday, May 25th

Welcome to the ARC!welcometoarc
Evans' Academic Recovery Center 
In an effort to continue to guide students towards academic success, the ARC (the Academic Recovery Center is located inside of the Media Center in room 8-109) will be offering tutoring and assignment help in all subject areas after school beginning Tuesday, September 4th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:25pm to 4:45pm. Ms. Birdsong, City Year members and dedicated tutors are available to assist students.

In addition, during the school day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, the ARC will provide tutoring, test make-up and retakes in  English, Math, Science and Social Studies. A student's data will be used by their teacher to determine if they are a candidate for an ARC referral.  
* Teachers, when you refer your students, please remind them to check their calendar on Canvas for their ARC appointment.   
** Students, it is your responsibility to check your calendar daily and keep your appointment in the event that you receive one.

Pictured below are several Trojans who have already put the ARC to good use!
Welcome to Our New Trojan School Resource Officer!sro
Deputy Russell

"If you see something, say something."
Deputy Jovon Russell graduated from Fernandina Beach High School, in Fernandina Beach, Florida just north of Jacksonville. He attended the great Bethune-Cookman University and he has been a Deputy Sheriff for 7 years.

Before coming to Evans High School, Deputy Russell was an assistant basketball coach at Windermere Preparatory School. They won the state championship in 2016. In his spare time, Deputy Russell enjoys quality family time, sports, and traveling.

Student Spotlighttrojanspotlight 

Cynthia Gaspard, Class of 2019 
Cynthia Gaspard, a new AVID senior at Evans, has always valued hard work. Currently, with a 4.7 weighted GPA and the HIGHEST SAT score in the Senior Class, it is obvious that Cynthia is a stellar student. Her aspiration for the future is to be a psychiatrist and an author. Cynthia recognizes the value of being well rounded and serves at the Historian of National Technical Honor Society and is a member of National Honor Society and the National BETA Club.

Aiding those who need it as well as pushing forward, are Cynthia's driving forces when trying to accomplish her goals. She hopes to help others do the same!

Keshawn Morgan, Class of 2019  
Congratulations to senior, Keshawn Morgan, who was awarded a $100,000 scholarship by Jay Z and Beyonce at their recent Orlando concert. Keshawn, you are so deserving and we are very proud of you!

Keshawn is also the president of Evans' Theatre Society, president of the Spanish Honor Society and a member of the UNICEF Club and Poetry Club.   

Check out his reaction to the scholarship news...

...and read more about his story! 
New Trojan Teacher Spotlightnewtrojanteacher  
Mr. Owusu, Math Dept.

Mr. Owusu graduated from the University of South Africa with M.Ed Mathematics, and holds a B.Ed Mathematics degree from University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He has eighteen years of teaching experience in both high school and college. He explained that his motivation for coming to teach in America is to elevate his professional career, experience teaching in the American classroom, and to assimilate the American culture both in and outside the classroom.

Mr. Owusu is excited to be in this new environment among wonderful people with cultural diversity. Outside of the classroom, his hobbies are watching soccer, boxing and taking his family out.

Mr. Owusu in action with his Algebra 2 students last month.
College and Career Resource Centerccc   

Evans High School Financial Aid Night
* September 11, 2018
* Media Center
* 5:30pm-6:30pm
Valencia College Application Lab
* September 25, 2018
* 2:30pm-3:30pm

Upcoming College Visits
* 9/10: Duke University, 2nd period
* 9/11: Vanderbilt University, 6th period
* 9/12: FSU, 7:30am
* 9/12: University of Miami, 12:30pm
* 9/13: Colgate University, 3pm
Representatives from Duke University will be on campus one week from today, Sept. 10. 
* Deadline to register for the October SAT (using waiver) is Friday, September 7 
* Deadline to register for the October ACT (using waiver) is Friday, September 28

Students can come to the CCRC for help registering for these tests before school, during lunch or after school.

Class of 2018 Remind Code: 
Students may book an appointment with Mrs. Bohn, in the CCRC, via Mrs. Bohn's email: 
Senior Updateseniorupdates 
Green Cards ID's will be taken starting Monday, September 17th through Tuesday, September 25th ONLY in the Media Center after school. You will only have two chances to get your ID's according with the schedule below:
  • Monday, September 17: A-D
  • Tuesday, September 18: E-H
  • Wednesday, September 19: I-L
  • Thursday, September 20: M-P
  • Friday, September 21: Q-T
  • Monday, September 24: U-Z
  • Tuesday, September 25: Make-up
Trojan Vital Signsvitalsigns 
Number of student absences per week a) 
 TABLE 1  Week ended Aug. 17    Week ended Aug. 24 
 Week ended Aug. 31 b)
 9th Grade   184  217  201
 10th Grade   251  255  269
 11th Grade   211  222  259
 12th Grade   205  217  224
Number of students with two (2) or more unexcused absences per day   
Aug. 13 to Aug. 30 c) 
9th Grade  5.9 students per day 
10th Grade  6.9 students per day 
11th Grade  6.0 students per day 
12th Grade  5.1 students per day 
a) Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost class time. Lower figures are more favorable.
b) Friday, August 31 not available at time of production; normalized using prior four-day average. 
c) Average number of students with two (2) or more unexcused absences per school day (14 days to August 30). Lower figures are more favorable.   
Sources: Daily Absence Bulletin report and the Daily Attendance Exceptions report (OCPS SMS system).  
Trojan Athletics athletics   

Evans athletics is off to a great start! The varsity football team won both the pre-season classic against the East Ridge Knights and the season opener vs. the Freedom Patriots by scores of 20-15 and 32-18, respectively. 

All of our fall sports are in full swing with the Trojans swim team participating in their first meet last Thursday at the Roper YMCA. The Lady Trojan volleyball team has competed in several contests and they continue to make improvements with each match. The boys and girls cross-country track teams will compete in their first meet, the Astronaut Invitational on Saturday, September 8 at Chain of Lakes Park.

Girls and boys bowling have begun practice in preparation for their first match against Olympia on September 19. And finally, the Trojans girls and boys golf teams will begin practice this week. Coach McMillan and Coach Parkinson are excited to begin working with the athletes that are very eager to step onto the golf course in true Trojan style.


Pep Jam! The first pep rally took place on Friday, August 24 before school and our Trojans got pumped even at the early hour! Below are a few pictures of the event that gave the team enough spirit for a victory over the Freedom Patriots that evening.

2018-2019 Cheer Squad

Above and just below: Green Machine Marching Band

Partner in Education Spotlight PIE
Thank you to Sam's Club for their continued support! 

When possible, thank you for supporting those organizations like Sam's Club that support EHS.

HUB Happenings hubhappenings   

Meet Sandra Nonez-Mera, Clinical Counselor
Featured in the Children's Home Societies Newsletter, our resident mental health counselor describes her "WHY."
Sandra Nonez-Mera, Clinical Counselor
"As a clinical counselor, I must say the most important part of my job is to empower my clients on a daily basis. Observing these young ladies, men and children overcome their childhood trauma through learning and implementing the coping skills they were taught is amazing. The most rewarding part of my job is to see them transform to successful men and women who contribute positively in society and become role models and mentors to children experiencing similar childhood challenges. Their success means a lot to me!"

Wellness Wednesdays Kick-Off
The HUB team want our staff to be healthy too! In addition to the support services that they provide to our students, Ms. Green and the team are hosting Wellness Wednesdays for staff. The first was a Water Bar, where the faculty could indulge in water flavored with healthy options to grab and go.

Dental Screening

Congressional App Challenge congressionalapp
U.S. Representative Val Demings 

U.S. Representative Demings, Florida 10th District
Congresswoman Val Demings would like to share information about the 2018 Congressional App Challenge with all high schools and middle schools in Congressional District 10. As a participating Congressional district, students and educators may find complete competition and registration information through
Please contact the Congresswoman's District Office at 321-388-9808 if students, parents, teachers, or administrators have any questions.
  • September 10 - Student Registration deadline target
  • October 15 - Deadline for students to submit their app online
  • October 20-27 - Judging period
  • November 1 - December 3 - Winners announced!
1. Winning apps are eligible to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building and featured on the House of Representatives' website,
2. Winning students are invited to #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington D.C.
3. $250 per winner in Amazon Web Services credits!
STUDENTS CAN USE ANY PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE (example: C, C++, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, "block code," etc.) and ANY PLATFORM (PC, web, tablet, robot, mobile, etc.). There are NO LIMITS on application theme or topic!
To be eligible to participate in the Congressional App Challenge, you must:
1. Be a middle or high school student at the time of app submission.
2. Students may register as individuals or as teams of up to four. No more than 4 students are allowed to form a team.
3. Students may compete in the district they reside in or the district they attend school in. If competing as a team, at least two of the teammates must be eligible to compete in the district in which they are participating in.
A complete list of rules can be found at:

Leadership Team 
Pride - Determination - Perseverance 

Principal: Rolando Bailey
Assistant Principal: Kenya Nelson Warren
Assistant Principal: Esther Hodge
Assistant Principal: Heather Kreider
Assistant Principal: Deana Tolbert
Assistant Principal: Michele Wiggins
Senior Administrator: Casey Waugh
Business Manager: Robin Tallman

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