The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Wednesday, February 26, 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.
One can tell a great deal about a people, about a nation, by what it deems important enough to remember. The goal for many during black history month is twofold: to inspire and instill pride of self and community as well as to inspire young African Americans.

As we conclude black history month activities at Evans, I am reminded of this quote, "There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history; and there is no higher cause than honoring our struggle and ancestors by remembering." 
This week has been marked black history week at Evans and I ask all of our Trojans to participate in the activities that our SGA has planned. Below are the activities for all to enjoy:

Monday - HBCU/ College and University Day
Tuesday - Afrocentric Day
Wednesday - Pop Culture Day (dress as a celebrity, actor/actress, politician, athlete, or
other famous figure currently around)
Thursday - Throw Back Day (dress as a famous black historical figure)
Friday - Dashiki Day (wear your African attire)

With Trojan Pride,

Rolando Bailey

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Dates to Watch For

Feb. 27: FAFSA Night (see below)  
Feb. 29: Last Day to Sign Up for the Heroes Wanted Mentoring Program 
Mar. 4: No Early Release - Regular Length School Day  
Mar. 9: PTSA/SAC Meeting, 5:30-6:30
Mar. 13: No School for Students
Mar. 16: Start of Spring Break 

Trojan Service Weekserviceweek
March 2-6       
Be apart of Trojans giving back through community service opportunities during the week of March 2nd. All events will take place after school from 2:30-5:00pm, with a culminating celebration on Friday, March 6th. If you are interested in signing up please visit
Student Spotlightstudentspotlight  

Unarmed and armed drill teams presenting earlier this month
Captain Charleese Malone-Hasan was the inspecting official for our annual inspection. Each Cadet was inspected for uniform appearance and overall military bearing. The Cadet officers and staff presented a brief on the health of the program along with aspirations and goals for their individual areas of responsibility.  
After the brief, the armed and unarmed drill teams presented a demonstration of routine and precision movements to showcase months of long practices and rehearsals. The teams demonstrated military regulation movements with precision flair to display pride and confidence in their training and execution. Seventy percent of the battalion was present for the inspection displaying Trojan pride and professionalism.
Captain Hasan spent time in a question and answer forum allowing Cadets to ask pointed questions about her journey and her accomplishment. Everyone appeared to be fully engaged and participated eagerly.

Rigor "Outside" of the Classroomrigoroutside    
Black History Brain Brawl    
From left: Ms. Welcome, Zariah Hamilton, Amelia Daley, Anton Holland, Thayana Alexandre, Alexandra Betances, Monika Deacon.

Special Guestspecialguest
Assistant Secretary of Education Visits Evans HS

The Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Mr. Frank Brogan, stopped by for a visit on February 19th. He was able to speak to our parents, teachers, and students in a roundtable to discuss what a school like Evans means to them and the larger impact that our community partnership school has as well as visit classrooms and see our students and teachers in action.  
Mr. Brogan did get out on the campus and visit with some of our  Trojans.
Evans SAC Safety Forumevanssacsafety  
School Advisory Committee  

SAC members alongside community members, business owners, and leaders came together to discuss safety concerns from student behavior outside of school and traffic safety. Participants worked collaboratively to brainstorm potential solutions as well as ask questions of the panelists which included other principals from our area. 
Trojan Teacher Spotlighttrojanteacherspotlight
Ms. Welcome. African American Studies/Law Studies    
Ms. Welcome, African American Studies and Law Studies
Ms. Welcome teaches African American Studies and Law Studies. She crafts engaging lessons that relate to current events and require students to think critically. She also recently took students to the Black History Brain Bowl in February. She has been a great addition to the Trojan family this year!

Q: Where did you attend college?
A: Florida State University
Q: What is your degree in?
A: Psychology
Q: What do you like to do outside of school?
A: Travel and spend time with my 3 teenage sons.
Q: What do you like most about working at Evans/being a Trojan?
A: I love the fact that Evans combines school, family and community to encourage student academics and growth. It's great to be a Trojan!
Q: A piece of advice for our students?
A: Stop comparing yourself to others and their achievements and focus on becoming the best version of you.
Ms. Welcome earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at FSU in Tallahassee. 
Trojan Alumni Spotlighttrojanspotlight

Carla McLendon 
Carla supports our Community Leadership Council and also sits on the planning committee for Trojan Service Day.   
Carla McLendon
Black History Month Spotlight: First Black Female Municipal Fire Safety Inspector in Orange County
Brandon Louis 
Our Trojan of the Year for 2019, Brandon Louis, was a featured speaker at the Elevate Vision Breakfast this year on February 21st. He is currently a freshman at Florida State University and beginning his undergraduate journey in pursuit of a degree in finance. His goal is to work with the Pine Hills community in financial literacy education as well as business management.  
He was a shining representation of a Trojan Alumni as he shared his story, how Elevate supported him, and what his goals are moving forward. Congratulations to Mr. Louis and the Trojan family wishes him lots of continued success!    
Brandon (right) with his mentor Alex Zenigotta 
Testing Information for Marchtesting 

College and Career Resource Centerccrc
Follow Evans College & Career on Instagram - @EvansCollegeCareer  

Please remember to bring or forward via email any college/university acceptances and/or scholarship notifications. Please email to 
Every Morning 6:45am - 7:15am - CCRC
Every Afternoon 2:30pm - 4:00pm - CCRC.
Every Tuesday & Thursday - 2:30pm - 5:00pm - CCRC
 With the continuing growth in U.S. college enrollment, we encourage all of our college bound Trojans to take advantage of the CCRC's help with their essays and applications. We want them to have every possible advantage they deserve! 
FAFSA HELP & FAFSA NIGHT (Feb. 27 - 4-7 PM) 
Are you still needing to complete your FAFSA? It is not too late! Please see Ms. Benefiel in the CCRC for assistance. The CCRC will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Also, upcoming FAFSA Night - 2/27/20, 4pm - 7pm in the Cafeteria.
Do you have several college/university options? Not for sure how to start making decisions? Start with a tuition verse grant and scholarship spreadsheet -
Most scholarship money comes directly from universities. Once students apply, they should check college websites for additional scholarship applications in order to maximize scholarship potential. Other scholarships will be listed below and are updated weekly. Student Link -
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.
Due April 1, 2020 - Southern Scholarship Foundation provides housing and meals at a very reduced rate at the following universities: FGCU, UF, Santa Fe College, FSU, Flagler College - Tallahassee, FAMU, and TCC. Students must have financial need, a 3.0 minimum GPA, excellent character, and acceptance to the university.
HUB Happeningshubhappenings   
Black History Month

Student assistants keep the Wellness Center bulletin board up to date to celebrate Black History Month.

Community Engagement 
Orlando International Film Festival (OIFF)
For more information, email Mr. Fortune in The HUB ( or visit the website: To submit:

Heroes Wanted! 
Our Mentor Program will stop accepting new candidates after the 29th of this month. Please see the flyer for additional information.

Trojans Visit to the State Capitol 
Three of our Student Leadership Council Seniors had the opportunity to attend the week-long Senate Page Program. Students had an opportunity to spend a week in Tallahassee, shadowing in the Capitol and even participating in mock debates.
Students Dotazia Charles, Daphnica Pierre, and Howard Williams with Florida state senator Bill Galvano.
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
Senior Administrator: Casey Waugh

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