The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Monday, April 13, 2020     
I hope this week's message finds you and your family healthy in these difficult times. As you may have heard by now, the Governor suspended school for the rest of this month. I trust that our Trojans will use this time not as a means to disconnect but to proceed in their learning by staying engaged with their teachers in their online classrooms.

Parent Support with Digital Learning - Thank You
Many of our students are parents that are doing great work in partnership with our Evans staff with the digital learning experience. Our first week of digital learning was a success in many ways because of your dedication and commitment. Just below I have provided a sample email from one parent to her students' teachers detailing her gratitude for support received.

Good Afternoon,

I pray everyone and their families are well during these difficult and uncertain times? Just wanted to say thank you for what started out rough, but ended up a great first week of distance learning here at "Butler Academy" :) for Asharra! You all are AMAZING! Kudos to YOU!!

Please know that my lines of communication remain open! I'm here with her and trying to stay on her regarding assignments as well as making sure she too is communicating with each of you, as needed! Again, I just wanted to express my appreciation to you all for doing a FABULOUS JOB! Keep up the great work! Blessings to you and your families! Stay safe and we'll continue to support and uplift one another!

~ Minister Erika Butler, EHS Parent

Class of 2020 Seniors - Twitter Spotlights
Evans community, we feature a noteworthy senior on our website via Twitter, please take a time out and view. Follow each senior spotlight @EvansHS_OCPS. Words do not measure what our seniors have lost this year in terms of traditions. This is just one of the many activities we have planned to honor our graduating senior class.

Class of 2020 Seniors featured on Twitter over recent days. Clockwise from lower left:  Diondre Crooke, Timotheus Byrd, Tyqueshia Cooper, and Kevin Charles.

School Hours and Campus Visits
As a reminder, our campus is open during the week from 9am until 2pm. If you do want to visit for whatever reason, you will need an appointment. Please remember to call ahead.

With Trojan Pride,

Rolando Bailey

Pictured very top: The Social Studies department shared a special message for our Trojans. Keep your head up. We are Trojan Strong. We support you! Pride, Determination and Perseverance!

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In this Issue  

Meet Our Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian!valsal  
Class of 2020 Valedictorian,  
Evon Thompson 
Class of 2020 Salutatorian,  
Dortazia Charles

Trojan Success Snapshotssuccesssnapshots  
Virtual Attendance All Stars 
Evans is recognizing students who are All Stars already with attending their classes virtually! Congratulations to Danyelle and all our Trojans who have had successful weeks of distance learning. Keep it up!

FBA District 8 Concert Music Assessment 
The Symphonic Band earned Superiors on stage and a Superior in sight-reading! What was more exciting is that we programmed our Concert Band for the first time. This was a new experience for many of our younger students and they earned an Excellent in sight-reading!

Keeping Up that Trojan Spirit from Home!trojanspirit     

Last Week's Spirit Week
(review for our larger school community)

Daily Plans
Our HUB team asked students to show how they were getting started with their day including breakfast and what distance learning looks like. Looks like our Trojans are set up for success!

SGA students created a social media post to share their yoga poses to help with anxiety, relaxation and stress. Follow @yourmehs.sga for more spirit week sharing coming up!

Trojan Teacher Spotlightteacherspotlight2       
Weekly Online Planning Meetings Continue 
Our teachers have been hard at work to ensure that all students are able to access creative lessons through distance learning. They are still meeting weekly to plan and prepare for these next few weeks.

Tech Problems  
Remember that if you have any tech or internet connectivity issues, please notify the teacher so that we can schedule an appointment so you can get back to work. Additionally, here are some resources from OCPS with regards to Distance Assistance and specific help for students, teachers, parents and more on the OCPS Distance Learning page.

College and Career Readiness Cornerccrc   
Follow Evans College & Career on Instagram - @EvansCollegeCareer  
Ms. Benefiel - Google Voice #: 407-850-8371

Please remember to forward via email any college/university acceptances and/or scholarship notifications. Please email to

Do you need a transcript?  Please fill out the following Google Form →

Student Links
Scholarships - 

Are you still needing to complete your FAFSA? It is not too late!   
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Do you have several college/university options?  Not for sure how to start making decisions?  Start with a tuition verse grant and scholarship spreadsheet (below). 
Most scholarship money comes directly from the 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.

Yearbook Updateyearbook   

As the world adjusts to change, one thing that remains constant is the  yearbook tradition. Maynard Evans High School is happy to announce that we are working to ensure that the 2020 yearbook is completed, printed and delivered to our students. This yearbook will capture the story of this unique school year.

Since copies are limited and distance learning is occurring, we ask that you please order your yearbook online or on SchoolPay Only 30 books left!  
HUB News and Resourcesvirtualhubandresources  
Check out the new edition of the Connections newsletter as well as some pertinent information from our HUB staff.  

The Wellness Center on the Evans Campus will be closed due to COVID-19 but students, families and community members can still receive care at:

Orange Blossom Family Health at Ivey Lane
Address: 4426 Old Winter Garden Rd, Orlando, FL 32811
Phone: (407) 428-5751

Orange Blossom Family Health Center
Address: 232 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32805
Phone: (407) 428-5751

REMINDER: Social Media for Latest News
Follow the Hub social media pages: Instagram - @EvansHighHub and on Facebook

UCF Spotlights 3 of our Trojans who were Florida Senate Pages!
Check out our Evans High students doing great things! They were featured in @ucf_ccs Network Newsletter! Go Trojans!

A Note from our UCF Social Work Interns

Dear Students,

It has been such a privilege to be part of the Evans community and get to know many of you! Your commitment to live with pride, determination, and perseverance is a testimony to you, your school, and your community. I believe these skills will be foundational to you in this unexpected learning-from-home season and all of your future endeavors. I believe in you and wish you the best!

Kristen Bader
Social Work intern

What an amazing year we had together. I was so honored and blessed to have met so many of you, and it breaks my heart that we will not be finishing the semester together. I want you to know that I cherish my experience at Evans and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to serve your school. Remember to stay strong through these times and to make sure you are well in your head as well as your body. I know you all will finish strong.

Be well and be safe,

Madalene Pursley
MSW student


Advantage: Orange County Public Schoolsocpsadvantage    

Worldwide School Closures as of Sunday, April 12 
As of April 12, over 1.57 billion students are at home as they have seen their schools closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Hundreds of U.S. counties and scores of nations around the world cannot offer distance learning to keep their students' education progressing with 1/4 of the school year left undone. While it is not a perfect situation, we are so fortunate to be part of a school district that can keep our students engaged academically until this crisis has passed. We thank all of our Evans families for their daily support and understanding as we refine the distance learning process every day. 

* Please click here or on the chart to view the day-by-day growth in students displaced from their schools through April 12 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

And another area our OCPS students have an advantage with - Technology access.
Closing Images of the Week . . .closing  
A look back plus an important reminder to our Trojans as we begin another week of online distance learning.  
Just a reminder of our culture that transcends the physical grounds of our high school. Our Trojans are still full of pride, determination and perseverance. Here's a quick look back at some great events that have taken place this year. We will continue to celebrate and be capturing these new events virtually!  
Senior Tailgate
Trojan Service Week '20. County Commissioner Moore of District 2 (right) was on campus to celebrate the closing ceremonies of Trojan Service Week with our community school director, Jasmine Morgan-Graham.
Trojan Athletics!
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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