The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Tuesday, January 14, 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.
Happy New Year!  
I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all of our students, families and our Trojan faculty. I hope that each of you enjoyed your winter break and had many opportunities to celebrate with family and friends.  

We now have officially entered both the 3rd quarter and 2nd semester of the 2019-2020 school year. A new year ushers in a sense of renewal and commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. Twice a year students get a fresh start - at the beginning of the school year and at the start of the second semester, and this is an opportunity that our students must seize.

Teachers will be hard at work ensuring they deliver the best instruction possible. In order to receive this instruction, it is imperative that students arrive on time and are ready to learn and in their seats no later than 7:20 AM daily. Being even a few minutes late distracts students from learning. Excellent attendance is the first step in preparing our students for academic success.  School attendance matters - every class, every day! We look forward to a safe, productive, and positive second semester!

Report Cards
Student report cards went out on January 14th during 4th period classes. This is a great opportunity to review your student's progress made towards achieving their personal and academic goals. I encourage you and your student to devise a plan on how to finish the year strong.

If you have not been checking your parent portal for grades, please start. In the event, you would like to schedule a parent/teacher conference, please call our student services department at 407-522- 3400 ex 6232249

Infinite Scholars Night - January 15th
Parents of Seniors, do not miss this opportunity to meet with College and University Admissions Representatives for a chance to be accepted and awarded scholarships on-site. Our Annual Infinite Scholars Night event will take place on January 15th in our gymnasium from 4pm until 7pm. National, Regional and Local Colleges and Universities will participate. Parents, please ensure that your student has the following:
  • Unofficial High School Transcripts
  • ACT/SAT Scores
  • Two Letters of Recommendation & Resume
  • Dress for Success
Here is the link for pre- registration:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Please remember that we will not have school on Monday, January 20th in recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.  As we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I wanted to share this clip for you to view the impact this great man continues to have on our world today.

As a reminder, if you did not explore our school website during the first semester, please do so throughout the month. We do our best to keep it updated with the very latest news and announcements. Thank you for looking over this week's Brief. 

With Trojan Pride,

Rolando Bailey

Pictured very top: OCPS Teachers and Support Persons of the Year were recognized at the Stellar Awards on Friday, January 10th. Congrats again to Ms. Margo Harbin (SPOY) and Dr. Jamila Mitchell (TOY) of Evans High School. Go Trojans!

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In this Issue  
Content (click for that section)

Holiday Food Giveaway
Teacher Spotlight
Staff Spotlight
Trojan Athletics
Student Spotlight
Academics (Rigor)
Forever a Trojan
IB News
HUB Happenings
Dates to Watch For

Jan. 15: Infinite Scholars Night, 4pm 
Jan. 20: MLK Holiday, No School
Jan. 25: OCPS Parent Academy at Edgewater High School 

Holiday Food Giveaway 2019holidayfoodgiveaway          
On Saturday, December 14th Evans held their annual Holiday Food Giveaway and served over 500 families. Special thanks for Second Harvest, Humana, UCF volunteers, and our students and staff. Having over 300 volunteers made light work for all the hands involved. Thanks for another great year!  
Trojan Teacher Spotlightteacherspotlight     
Ms. McLeod, 10th Grade English  

Q: Where did you attend college?  
A: Florida State University. Go Noles! 
Q: What is your degree in?  
A: English/Philosophy and my graduate work is in Creative Writing.

Q: What do you like to do outside of school?
A: I love spending time with my kids and traveling, especially for live music. I also have a little side gardening and planting business that keeps me happy and busy.

Q: What do you like most about working at Evans/being a Trojan?
A: I absolutely adore my students. They are ambitious, and brilliant and make me laugh every day. School is never boring. I also feel incredibly grateful for such a supportive administrative staff and the teachers I teach with a truly remarkable team!

Q: A piece of advice for our students?
A: Show up. Sometimes you may feel like nothing is going right and you're not even sure you're going in the right direction. Show up anyway. Amazing things are going to happen and you need to be there for it!
Trojan Staff Spotlightstaffspotlight
Ms. Fariba Akbari, ESE Support  

Ms. Akbari with one of our students at the Best Buddies prom. (About Best Buddies) 
Q: Where did you attend college?
A: I attended School of Psychology in Tehran-Iran for two years.

Q: What is your degree in?
A: I studied Early Childhood and Developmental and Child Psychology.

Q: What do you like to do outside of school?
A: I love to spend time with my family. I also like  mentoring and volunteering at Nursing Homes, Pediatric units at local Hospitals, and helping with youth homeless and Suicide Prevention Group.

Q: What do you like most about working at Evans/Being a Trojan?
A: I always put our students First. Being able to Support and help students in  a variety of ways that is available. Also Team Work. I believe Together Everyone Achieve More .

Q: A piece of advice for our students?
A: I have few of those... Most important one is to pick and choose your friends wisely. Be trustworthy. Love people and be committed to doing your best in everything. Always know that you are special and that you matter.
Trojan Athleticsathletics  
Taymon Lynum Signs to University of Nebraska 
It is official! Tamon Lynum completed his high school career early and will be attending the University of Nebraska beginning this spring. Tamon has signed with the Cornhuskers and will attend Nebraska on a football scholarship.

The boys and girls wrestling teams, under the direction of Coaches Richmond Vernon, Andrew Doeg, and Shontay Blakeney are well into their season and steadily making a name for themselves. In a recent match hosted at Evans, the team outscored Lake Tohopekaliga High School 66-12. The Trojans won all but one weight class and nearly every match ended with a pin from our wrestlers! Sheriff Mina was able to make it out to one of our matches as well as the firefighters from the nearby firehouse, Station 42. Our wrestlers invited both and were thrilled that they showed up!

Both boys and girls basketball participated in tournament play during the winter holidays. The boys outscored Columbia (67-55) to take the championship in the Hitchcock Tournament. The girls finished in second place, losing by 1 point in the championship game of the Florida Prospects tournament.

Spring Sports 
Spring sports are currently in conditioning and planning to begin by the end of this month. During the Spring, we offer baseball, softball, flag football, track & field, boys volleyball, boys weightlifting, boys and girls Lacrosse, and boys and girls tennis.

Check out our school or athletic websites for important dates and contact information. Stay informed by visiting the Evans Athletics social media outlets. Schedules, rosters and photo galleries can be accessed at; on Instagram @ehsmedia; YouTube @Evans Media or on SnapChat ehs.sportsmedia. 
Student Spotlightstudentspotlights  
Trojans support Habitat for Humanity just prior to the winter break! 

Our High School High Tech students, along with teacher Ms. Angela Harriet, and our Future Leaders United program with Ms. Sandra Fatmi, worked to support Habitat for Humanity before the break to help build, paint, and beautify homes. The students actually engaged in a variety of construction projects that included framing, siding, painting, installations, sod work, and landscaping.
Academics - "Rigor in the Classroom"academics 

Ms. Dwyer's reading classes utilized DOK charts (Depth of Knowledge) to deepen their comprehension and close reading of their text. Students are working independently to write their own questions with the use of the DOK level 3 questions stems & scaffolding questions.
Forever a TrojanForeveratrojan

Mr. Cadet currently serves as the Volunteer Services Coordinator at the Central Florida Urban League. They have partnered with Evans Community School to offer students a monthly on-campus community service opportunity called Trojans Do Good. He recently came to campus to speak with our students about these opportunities. Thanks for giving back your time and talents!  
EHS earned Best Band at the Apopka Christmas Parade on December 14th, 2019! 

Mr. Mario Ford, Band Director 
IB NewsIBnews 
IB Back Ceremony - Class of 2019 returns! 

Our Class of 2019 IB students returned to celebrate their IB Diploma awards and catch up with Trojan staff and current students. Congrats to the IB Diploma holders from the Class of 2019! Continue to make us proud!

College and Career Resource Centerccc  
Follow Evans College & Career on Instagram - @EvansCollegeCareer  
Student Links: 
College Essay Help / Application Help 
Every Monday 2:30pm - 4:00pm - CCRC 
Every Tuesday & Thursday - 3:00pm - 5:00pm - Cafeteria
Bridges to Success Scholarship Program at Valencia - The deadline for the Bridges Program is January 23, 2020.  You must apply to Valencia prior to applying for the Bridges Program.  Please see Ms. Benefiel for more information.

THIS WEDNESDAY! Infinite Scholars Night - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Evans High School., 4pm - 7pm, Evans High School Gymnasium. There are over 40 colleges & universities that will be offering on the spot acceptances and scholarships.  Please make sure you pre-register at:  
FAFSA - Are you still needing to complete your FAFSA?  It is not too late!  Please see Ms. Benefiel in the CCRC for assistance.

The cost of education rose +2.1% in 2019. The good news is that this rate is down from +2.6% in 2018.   
* The chart shows the monthly inflation index from December 2018 to December 2019. The data for December 2019 was released on Tuesday, Dec. 14 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the year the cost of education was up +2.1%. 
HUB Happeningshubhappenings   
Mark your calendars for the following events happening on and off campus!

* Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (Infinite Scholarship Night at 4pm-7pm)

* Saturday, January 25, 2020 (Parent Academy Event: "Together Towards Tomorrow" at 9am-1pm) Click here to register 

* 5th/3rd Bank Parent Financial Literacy Online Class first 25 participants to complete the modules will receive a $50 gift card. This is an ongoing class so if interested, contact Ms. Bellamy at 407-522-3400 Ext: 6232314
Walmart Grant 
We were awarded $6,500 from the Walmart Foundation (just below) recently and we are so grateful! Thanks to our alumni, HUB team, and school staff that helped us apply for this grant as well as the Walmart team that was present to award us that included one of our alumni, Mr. Marques Hunter.

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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