The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Tuesday, February 4, 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.
Attention to Detail
It's something we work on as parents, educators, and students. Big picture is important, but we want to develop that focus on detail with our kids. How does that look?

Students should be regularly checking skyward for grades, missing assignments, and accurate accounting if attendance. They should be checking class Canvas pages to ensure class announcements are read. They should be showing up the club meetings and sports practices consistently and on time, coupled with the responsibilities of monitoring their social media content as if a college admissions counselor from their top choice is following them.

Progress Reports
Students 3rd 9 weeks progress report will be issued on February 12th. I encourage all guardians to sit down with your student and ask him or her about the academic progress thus far. If your student is progressing toward academic success this 9 weeks, please celebrate and continue to encourage their effort. If your student has some missing assignments or needs to make up quizzes or a test, we have several options available for our Trojans in the way of tutoring. I encourage you to reach out to your student's teachers and take full advantage of tutoring options available.
Annual School Climate Survey
Once per year we invite our parents and guardians to take a few moments to share their opinions on our high school (link below). Your survey responses are kept anonymous and the survey is not long, but we rely on the combined results for our school improvement planning. If you have a student at EHS, please take a couple of moments and provide your feedback. (We need a 20% response rate to make the survey truly meaningful.)  
Survey link: Evans High School Survey

With Trojan Pride,

Rolando Bailey

Pictured very top: Two great civil-rights leaders are celebrated at the intersection of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan. Black History Month kicked off Saturday, February 1 across the United States.

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In this Issue  
Content (click for that section)

Performing Arts
Rigor in the Classroom
Campus Events
Teacher Feature
Trojan Athletics
Trojans in the Community
Class of 2020
Community Events
HUB Happenings
Dates to Watch For

Feb. 6: Pine Hills Neighborhood Job Fair, 10AM - 2PM at the Silver Star Recreation Center 
Feb. 10: Community Safety Forum, 6PM in the Media Center  
Feb. 11: Valencia Dual Enrollment Meeting, 6PM in the Media Center (10th & 11th graders with 3.0 GPA and higher) 
Feb. 12: Student Progress Reports
Feb. 17: Presidents Day - No School
Feb. 20: OCPS Parent Academy Virtual Event - "Let's Get Tech Savvy" 6-7PM Online - Register  

Performing Arts Spotlightpaspotlight       

Kevin Oriol, Derek Edwards, Jeremia Nunez, and Jaheim Simon at the 2020 OCPS All-County Band Concert
Please let us all congratulate Jemyra Octelus and Aaliyah Collins for representing us at the 2020 Orchestra Solo and Ensemble this past Saturday! Both students played a solo on cello in front of a judge with Aaliyah earning an Excellent Rating and Jemyra earning a Superior Rating, both of which are high distinctions.

Rigor in the ClassroomRigor 

Ms. Harris' Biology students worked through the dissection of a flower to further their understanding of key concepts. Students were able to carefully dissect a flower and place each part into a graphic organizer within their interactive notebooks. Using higher level questioning and processing, students work through analysis and discussion.

College and Career Readiness Cornerccrc     
Sophomores and Juniors with a  3.0 or higher interested in Valencia Dual Enrollment can attend our Feb. 11 meeting at Evans High School in the media center beginning at 6pm.    


Source: Community College Resource Center - Read full article

Source: The Wall Street Journal (Feb. 10, 2019) - "The Benefits of Starting College Early - in High School" - Dual-enrollment programs are expanding to a younger and more diverse group of students - Read full article 

Trojan Campus Eventstrojancampusevents 

Challenge Day 2020 
Senior Tailgate 
Seniors celebrated a year of continued success with the Senior Tailgate on January 23rd. Games including bounce houses and blow up jousting contest that even Ms. Green, senior sponsor, and Ms. Steadman, our SGA sponsor, got in on. Great music, dancing, food, and camaraderie was the goal and it certainly provided a fun time for the Class of 2020. 
Agriculture and Fleet Farming 
We may not get to the rear of the school as much as other parts of campus, but we wanted to share the wonderful learning that is happening with the agriculture department under the leadership of teacher, Ms. Sonjia Thomas.  This Harvest is the first of many to come as we work in conjunction with Fleet Farming (Garden Guidance counselors) over the next 2 years under a $100+ grant.  The fresh veggies were a great treat to our staff who were able to take some home with them. Go Trojans & Watch Is Grow!

Infinite Scholars Night 
January 15th, our students had resumes at the ready for Colleges and Universities that attended Infinite Scholars Night. Scholarships were awarded on the spot for students from over $13 million dollars.

Teacher Feature teacherfeature
Q: Where did you attend college?  

A: Southeastern LA University.

Q: What is your degree in?
A: English with a minor in Journalism.

Q: What do you like to do outside of school?
A: After school I like to run and work out. I love to spend time with my husband and four children. And when I have free time I love to read as well as write.

Q: What do you like most about working at Evans/being a Trojan?
A: I honestly love the students. The students always give me a new perspective on the many topics that we discuss in class. I love that the students are changing the narrative of Evans to uphold the changing positive culture. I work with some of the most talented teachers and assistant principals. They are always encouraging and helpful. The students and my co-workers make this a great place to work and grow.

Q: A piece of advice for our students?
A: Find a mentor to trust. Have a daily mantra. Live with integrity. Most importantly have fun, it will be over before you know it.

Student housing on the Southeastern Louisiana University campus where Ms. Varnadore earned her undergraduate degree.

Trojan Athletics trojanathletics
Girls weightlifting finishes #2 in Regional competition; 3 athletes headed to State!

Girls Weightlifting took 2nd place out of 17 teams in the Regional Tournament! Several lifters finished in the top 6 for their weight class: Beyanka Cherenfant, Sandra Bocico, Santhya Sainte, Jemima Touze, Elaine Vales and Jada Lizaire.

Britney Marthurin, Tymia McLeod and Brittney Joseph, who finished 1st place in her weight class, all lifted enough to gain automatic spots in the state tournament in Panama City later this month!

Trojans in the CommunityTrojanscommunity  
MLK Humanitarians from our Middle and Secondary Schools. Patrice Quetant (Junior at EHS) is our MLK Humanitarian and displays the attributes of an emerging leader both at school and in the community.

Here he is in the Candlelight Vigil (photo posted originally on The City Beautiful IG's page) 
Class of 2020classof2020   
Community EventsCommunityevents 

HUB Happeningshubhappenings   
Student Leadership Council Seniors 
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.

Dotazia Charles, Daphnica Pierre, and Howard Williams  
Motivational Moment!mm

Evans High School remembers Rosa Parks on her birthday (today, Feb. 4)

Rosa Parks in 1955 with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the background. 
Rosa Parks (1913-2005), whose 100th birthday is Feb. 4, grew up without her father in her life. Her mother, a teacher, worked such long hours during the week, Rosa was raised in part by her maternal grandparents, both former slaves.
She credited them with "giving me the spirit of freedom ... that I should do my very best to be a respectable person, to respect myself, to expect respect from others," Parks said, as quoted in "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks" by Jeanne Theoharis.

Many of our students probably already know that on Dec. 1, 1955, after a long day at her seamstress job, Parks boarded a municipal bus in Montgomery, Ala., on Cleveland Avenue - later renamed Rosa Parks Avenue.

The city's segregation law gave its white armed bus drivers absolute power over passenger seating. When the man behind the wheel, James Blake, ordered Parks to yield her seat to a white passenger and move to the back of the bus, she refused.

"If I did stand up, it meant that I approved of the way I was being treated, and I did not approve," Parks once said.

Martin Luther King wrote in his autobiography that Parks was "not planted there by the NAACP. . .. She was planted there by her sense of dignity and self-respect. Mrs. Parks was ideal for the role assigned to her by history. Her character was impeccable and her dedication deep-rooted."

Upon Parks' death at age 92, she lay in honor in the U.S. Capitol rotunda.

Parks received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999. The latter's citation read that her "quiet dignity ignited the most significant social movement in the history of the United States."

Parks' legacy also endures on a U.S. Postal Service stamp issued on her 100th birthday.

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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