The Trojan Express
Maynard Evans High School Community Brief
Monday, April 11, 2022
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. 

I want to thank our freshmen and sophomore students who put forth their best efforts into their FSA Writing assessment. The writing assessment started our 2022 testing season and we are looking forward to seeing some positive trends as a result of our students and teachers' hard work.

As another reminder, attendance is critical over these next few weeks. ELA 9 & 10, Geometry, Biology, US History and Algebra 1 students are receiving extra support from our Instructional Coaches as they review skills and standards with small groups of students. Our teachers have prepared their students, and they have done the work. Please be reminded that Tutoring is also available for all Trojans on Tuesday and Thursdays after school with their content area teacher.

While we have many events on the schedule in the coming days, I want to remind our families about Tuesday, April 12th PTSA/SAC meeting. This meeting starts at 5:30pm and is held in our media center.

We are all looking forward to the opening of the EHS Theatre production musical “Little Shop of Horrors” April 21 & 22nd at 7:00pm and April 23rd at 2:00 pm in a few days. This promises to be a terrific musical comedy and I encourage all members of our school community to make time for one of the performances. This would be a wonderful treat for the whole family to attend! 

Wishing you a successful week ahead and thank you for your continued support.

Mr. Bailey

Pictured very top: Dr. Brown, Mrs. Hodge, Mr. Shreffler, Ms Sweet, Mr. Truitt and Mrs. Waugh-Alvarado. Please join us in recognizing our tremendous team of Assistant Principals. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to Evans High School staff and community. 
Key Dates in this Issue
Apr. 12: School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Apr. 13: Neighborhood Centers for Families Job Fair (Virtual), 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Apr. 19: School-Wide ACT Day (all Juniors will take the ACT; must arrive by 7:20 a.m.)
Apr. 21-23: Theater Department's production of "Little Shop of Horrors" - Tickets
Apr. 26: Late registration deadline for the May 7 SAT
Apr. 29: Academic Signing Day
May 3: Evans Athletic Awards Night, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
May 12: Class of 2022 Trojan Awards, 6:30 p.m. in the PAC
Month of April Themes:
Super Scholars
Congratulations to our Trojan Super Scholars - Werlie Cius, Derek Edwards, Jamisha Ferrari and Carl Pierre.
School Advisory Council and PTSA Meeting Information
2021-22 meeting dates. All Evans community members welcome!
  • April 12, 2022, 6 p.m.
  • May 10, 2022, 6 p.m.
School-Wide ACT Day (April 19th)
On April 19th, Evans will be conducting a School-Wide ACT. All juniors on campus will be taking the ACT. The School-Wide ACT will be a computer-based exam. 

Students taking the ACT can potentially use their scores to meet graduation requirements. ACT scores taken on a school day are also college reportable.  

Juniors received an email from Ms. Schomberg on Monday, April 11th, with instructions for how to complete the non-test portion of their exam. This needs to be completed before test day. 

Students will receive an email from Ms. Schomberg with their testing location by April 15th. On April 19th, all students will need to arrive on campus by 7:20 a.m. to take their exam. Students cannot be admitted to the test rooms once test tickets have been handed out. Students will also need to put their cell phones and smartwatches in their bags and away themselves during testing. Cell phones must be turned off during testing. ACT requires that students that have a phone that sounds during the test be removed from testing.
Academic Signing Day
Friday, April 29
2021-2022 Quarter 3 4.0 Breakfast
Straight 'A 'Trojans!
On Tuesday, April 5, those Trojans who had achieved a 4.0 (All A’s) for the 3rd quarter were treated to a Pancake Breakfast from IHOP.  
A/B Honor Roll
Congratulations Trojans!
On Wednesday, April 6, 2022 Trojans who achieved all A’s and B’s were treated to a cool treat at lunch.  
Trojan Athletics
Evans Athletics Award Night
Reminder regarding ticket information for events...
Reminder for the 2021-2022 Season Pass- Don’t miss out on Trojan Athletics Events! Visit to purchase your season pass today!

  • Student Pass= $35.00
  • Adult Pass= $70.00
  • Family Pass= $100.00

Student athletes can attend home sporting events for free ONLY while they are in season and ONLY with their VIP Card for that season. VIP cards for spring athletes are YELLOW and will be distributed by their coach.
Student Spotlight
OUC Water Conservation Art Contest Winner — Most Creative 
Orange County Utilities partners with Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) to create a Water Conservation Calendar featuring drawings and painted rain barrels submitted by students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The submission from Evans High School was awarded the Most Creative Award. Watching the transformation of the blue rain barrel to the piece of art was exciting. Artist: Slaybrina Raphael, Senior
Evans High School Thespian Troupe 690 Presents — Little Shop of Horrors 
On behalf of Troupe 690 and all our student cast & crew, you are invited to our annual Spring Musical performing Thursday – Saturday : April 21 – 23rd.
Little Shop of Horrors

Tickets can be purchased at
Course Spotlight - Visual Arts
Winter Park Arts Festival
Merit Awards - Ben Joseph and Edese Saint Fleur
Honorable Mention- Darius Polite 
Evans High School had the opportunity to display artwork at the Winter Park Arts Festival Student Exhibition. Student artwork was awarded to top artists in the High School Division.  
2-D Artworks: 48 students were exhibited 
3-D Artworks: 16 students were exhibited
IB Art Show
IB Show and AP Art Show- Advanced Students had the opportunity to display their artwork in the Art Exhibition. IB students have been working hard on their exhibitions since spring of their junior year. IB students will be scored in just a few short weeks on their hard work from the past year and half. AP students also had the opportunity to display their artwork alongside the IB students. AP students have been working on the Sustained Investigation since November of this school year. Wish these students luck during IB and AP scoring!  
The Next Step Series
The last two weeks of March, our Senior Trojans were able to participate in the Next Step Series which offered a Next Step Seminar, exposure to careers, mentorships and information for their transition to their next journey. We had numerous opportunities for our Senior Trojans to gather information and ask questions. During the Next Step Series, we had hiring events, college conversations, workshops and so much more. #WeAreReady 
Next Step Seminar
The Next Step Seminar brought over 100 Senior Trojans to the gym to participate in attending workshops for Communications, Freshman Financing, Campus Involvement, Resume Building and Interviewing Skills.

We would like to thank The Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, Morehouse Upward Bound, Rollins Upward Bound, Elevate and Disney for exposing our Senior Trojans to information for their Next Steps. We appreciate your time and are thankful for your partnership!
Next Step Series - Disney Day
One of the events for the Next Steps Series was Disney Day. During Disney Day, our Trojan Seniors were presented information about working at Disney including the benefits of paid college tuition along with the Aspire Program. In the afternoon, over 50 students attended the Mickey Workshop where applications were completed, on the spot interviews were conducted and over 30 Trojans have a start date at Disney. We are very grateful for the partnership with Disney and the future for our Trojans to be able to take advantage of the benefits at Disney. #WeAreReady 
World Heart Day
Our Trojans learn hands-on CPR with help from Orange County Fire Rescue
Our 9th and 11th grade students participated in hands-on CPR training in celebration of World Heart Day. This day originally occurred in September, but due to COVID was postponed for schools until March. Our students were able to work with various fire stations from Orange County Fire and Rescue to learn the importance of hands on CPR in the event of an emergency.

This activity, along with additional learning videos provided an opportunity for our school district to engage in legislation, which was signed into a law by Governor Ron DeSantis on June 21, 2021 to provide CPR and basic first aid training for ninth and 11th-graders. It was a great event and we thank OCFD for helping out! 
Dental Appointments
Don't let the school year run out without visiting the on-campus dental clinic! To set up an appointment, please see Ms. Maxime or Ms. Jacobs in the HUB.
Magic Diversity Game Changer: Kelly Astro
Kelly Astro has over 20 years of educational program administration, teaching, training and curriculum development in the areas of leadership, college access, career preparation, civic engagement and social responsibility.

Since August of 2021, Kelly has served as the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Community Partnership Director serving Evans High School. In this role, Kelly has lead the re-imaging of the Community Partnership School initiative at Evans High School to impact more students and more ways including providing on-campus dental services, launching a mentoring program for students, creating opportunities for classroom conversations with leaders from the Central Florida business and non-profit community, facilitating college readiness, personal and professional, and financial education programs for students and families and re-designing of the on-campus Trojan Market that provides, food, clothing and school supplies for students.
Class of 2022 Trojan Awards
Trojan Awards will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 6:30 pm in the Evans High School Performing Arts Center. Our Trojan Seniors will be honored for their accomplishments at Evans High School.
Talent Show
Congratulations to all participants on their outstanding performances!
Students of the Month
Congratulations to the following students for being named March 2022 Student of the Month:

  • 12th Grade - Erica Pascal
  • 11th Grade - Danville Manning
  • 10th Grade - Holmarline Joseph
  • 9th Grade - Jamal Joseph
Teacher of the Month
Congratulations to Mr. Thorpe for being named March 2022 Teacher of the Month.
Are you interested in joining SGA for the 2022-23 school year?  
Please contact Ms. Steadman at for more information or an application. Getting involved in school is a great way to be successful. 
Student Services
Are you needing a transcript?
Go to and click on Student Services. Under the Student Services drop-down menu, choose Current Year Senior Transcripts.

Student technical issues:
Students with technical difficulties, please complete the following link - The Media Center staff will set an appointment to fix their computer.
Continuing reminder . . .
Did you know the Evans SAFE Team is here for you? Are you having a hard time and need someone to talk with? You are not alone. Complete the SAFE Conversations link and we will connect with you soon!
Thank you Student Services!
Thank you to the Student Services Department for recognizing the SAFE Team for Social Workers Month! We are so thankful for the collaboration in supporting our students and families.
Resources for transgender/gender non-binary and gender non-conforming youth:
Kaleidoscope is our virtual support group for all transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming teens ages 13-17.

Join us for interactive activities & discussions regarding gender, sexuality, healthy living, finding support and many more topics.

Virtual Kaleidoscope Peer Support Group is held on every single Wednesday from 5-6 pm.

Register by sending an email to
College and Career Resource Center
College Visits & Scholarships
You will need to utilize your OCPS Google Account to access the two items above.
Valencia College Application Workshop
On Wednesday, April 6th the CCRC overflowed into the reception area of Student Services for the Valencia College Application Workshop. The Valencia Transition Team, our Hub Team, and our Student Services Team were working with our Trojans Seniors to complete their Valencia applications. Sixty-seven Senior Trojans completed applications on Wednesday. All students who completed their application on Wednesday, received an application fee waiver. If you are still wanting to apply to Valencia, please see Ms. Benefiel in the CCRC.
Upcoming SAT & ACT:
■ SAT Test Date- May 7, 2022
Late Registration deadline is April 26, 2022
Website for registration:

■ ACT Test Date- June 11, 2022 ***
Registration deadline is May 6, 2022
Late Registration deadline is May 20, 2022
Website for registration:

*** School-Wide ACT Day is April 19th.
College Acceptances and Military Enlistments:
Juniors - Class of 2023
Are you interested in Summer Opportunities to explore Colleges & Universities? The CCRC has created a listing of Summer 2022 Opportunities -
FAFSA Reminder (College Financial Aid)
If you are a senior with upcoming college plans and still have yet to complete your FAFSA paperwork in order to qualify for federal financial aid, please do so right away. Ms. Benefiel can help with any questions you many have. 
Highest- and lowest-paying STEM jobs in the US:
* This is the most current data (released Mar. 31, 2022)
US Navy Offers $25,000 to All Recruits to Ship Out Quickly:
For a limited time, all active duty Future Sailors who leave for boot camp before June 30 are guaranteed at least a $25K bonus regardless of job. Some will qualify for multiple bonuses for up to $50K.
Sources: US Navy
ADRIATIC SEA (April 4, 2022) Aviation Machinist's Mate Daniel Olgado, from Clifton, New Jersey, assigned to the "Dragonslayers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11, moves a tail rotor paddle on an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), April 4, 2022. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S., allied and partner interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Robledo)
* Click here for additional worldwide US Navy photos from recent days 
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Have a great week Trojans!
Mr. Bailey, Principal
Evans High School
Sunday, April 10, 2022
Leadership Team
Pride - Determination - Perseverance
Principal: Rolando Bailey
Assistant Principal: Esther Hodge
Assistant Principal: Dr. Latonya Brown
Assistant Principal: Bradley Shreffler
Assistant Principal: Clarence Truitt
Assistant Principal: Janeika Sweet
Senior Administrator: Casey Waugh
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