The Trojan Express
Maynard Evans High School Community Brief
Monday, November 15, 2021
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. 

Thank you to everyone that participated in last Tuesday's PTSA/SAC meeting. Your support was most appreciated. If you are a member of our school community and missed the meeting, please join us next month for our final PTSA/SAC meeting of 2021 on December 14 at 5:30pm in the media center. Special thank you to our PTSA president, Ms. Venus Bouie and our SAC Chair, Ms. Alayna Riggins for their leadership.

This past Thursday was Veterans Day; a very special day set out to thank the millions of American men and women that swore their lives to protect the freedoms and liberties we all enjoy today. Our senior class officer coordinated a special recognition ceremony to honor our Veterans here at Evans. We are so proud of our veterans and the Evans High School community salute each and every one of them listed below! You are heroes.

Veterans at Evans High School:

  • Petty Officer Second Class Lawrence Bolden - US Navy 11 years (Social Science)
  • Master Gunnery Sergeant Thackery Dancy - US Marines 30 Years (NJROTC)
  • E-4 SPC Amaryllis Farrell - US Army 6 years (Math)
  • 1st Lieutenant Mary Hamilton - US Army Nurse 5 years (Clinic Registered Nurse)
  • Lieutenant Commander Shannon McMillan - US Navy 33 years (NJROTC)
  • E-6 Petty Officer First Class Joyce Laster-Reedom - US Navy 20 years (NJROTC)
  • Richmond Vernon - Army Reserves 3 years (Social Science)
Congratulations to our 79 seniors who passed their recent ACT exam, which now placed them in good standing to receive their Diplomas in May. The excitement students feel when they are able to achieve a milestone that has required perseverance and determination needs to be celebrated. We are proud of them. Our expectation, as a unified staff charged with ensuring that every student has a promising and successful future is that our remaining students who have milestones to reach, continue.

This the final academic week prior to Thanksgiving break as Evans High school will be closed on November 22nd – 26th. We will welcome back students on November 29th. During this special time of year, we should all reflect upon the things we are thankful for; I want to take time to thank each teacher, staff member, and administrator for their daily dedication towards making Evans High, a place where pride, determination and perseverance are displayed daily.

Thank you so much for your continued support and I wish our students, families and staff a Happy Thanksgiving.

In Trojan Pride,

Mr. Bailey

Pictured very top: Evans High School - 2021-2022 Social Studies Department

Dates to Watch For
Nov. 12: OCPS Superintendent of schools Dr. Barbara Jenkins (above) releases her Community Update
Nov. 15: College Week at Evans High School
Nov. 18: Stduent progress reports posted to Skyward (2 min. video for parents)
Nov. 18: Annual Teach In at Evans HS (in the classroom or virtual option) - Details here and thank you for your support!
Nov. 19: Last day of clothing drive to support the HUB and our Pine Hills community
Nov. 19: Senior Portraits (schedule appointment - see below for details)
Nov. 19: Late registration deadline for the Dec. 11 ACT
Nov. 22-26: Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 23: Late registration deadline for the Dec. 4 SAT
Student Services
Juniors & Seniors - Are you ready for graduation?
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.
Trojan Student Spotlight
October Students of the Month
9th - Randy Hin; 10th - Ashlee Jonas; 11th - Dave Cenat; 12th - Edia Meus
We also recognized Mrs. Stephanie Burke as the October Teacher of the Month. She was nominated by an overwhelming number of students who said she was supportive and made class fun!
4.0 GPA - 1st Quarter
Our Trojans who achieved a 4.0 for the first quarter were treated to a breakfast to honor their hard work and dedication. Congratulations Trojans!
A/B Honor Roll Ice Cream Treat
Students who received all A’s and B’s for the 1st Quarter were treated to an Ice Cream Sundae on Friday, 11/11/21. Great Job Trojans!
Evans & Jones Swim Team Members
Swimmers from the Evans and Jones Swim Team met with their coaches at Lucky's Lake and swam the 1 kilometer open water lake swim with Lucky. They trained in the pool to ensure they could make the distance then put their skills to the test in the open water Saturday morning. Each swimmer then got to add their name to the wall of Lucky's house.

The swim takes place everyday, so if you think you’re up for the challenge, check it out at
Student Government Association
Principal Appreciation Month
SGA surprised Principal Bailey with a gift basket and cards signed by students at Evans high school for Principal Appreciation Month. He does so much for the school and the student body, SGA wanted to make sure he is appreciated. 
School Advisory Council and PTSA Meeting Information
2021-22 meeting dates. All Evans community members welcome!
  • Dec. 14, 2021, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 11, 2022, 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 8, 2022, 6 p.m.
  • March 8, 2022, 6 p.m.
  • April 12, 2022, 6 p.m.
  • May 10, 2022, 6 p.m.
Teacher Feature
Mrs. Jackson-Hawkins, Math Department
Where are you from?
I am from Wheeling, West Virginia.

I received my Bachelor's Degree from Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia and I am currently attending FAMU Law School where I am studying for my Juris Doctorate.

What are your hobbies?
I like to coach Softball and Cheerleading.
Ms. Ray, Language Arts Department
Where are you from?
I am from Atlanta, Georgia.

I attended the University of Central Florida for my Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature and Southern New Hampshire University for my Master’s of Arts in English Literature.

What are your hobbies?
I like watching and playing volleyball.
Ms. Williams, Social Studies Department
Where are you from?
I am from Orlando, Florida.

I attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida where I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree.

What are your hobbies?
I like singing and being a member of my choir.
Classroom Spotlight
U.S. History
We have been working on Imperialism and the Spanish American war with a focus on Florida history. The students made one pagers that showcased the importance of Tampa during the Spanish American war, Jose Marti and his connections to Ybor City and Cuba, the Cigar industry and its connection to the Florida economy and the Cuban revolution as well as Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. 
SAFE Conversations Link
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!!
Thank you to the teachers and staff who engage in home visits and outreach weekly. This year we have already made 503 home visits and 535 outreach calls.
Pine Hills Neighborhood Center for Families:
Trojan Athletics
Required Extended Tutoring
Evans is committed to pushing our athletes to excel on and off the court. Students who have earned a D/ F on their 1st progress report are required to attend extended tutoring from 2:40- 3:30with the individual teachers in their classroom or in the cafeteria Tuesdays and Thursdays until the next grade report is submitted.

Once students complete tutoring at 3:30 they can attend practice/ games. If they do not, they risk being pulled off the field/ court.
Winter Sports Head Coaches:
Parents, please complete the steps below to ensure timely clearance for sports:
1. Complete Athletic Clearance registration for new school year!
2. Physical must be on FHSAA El2 (PHYSICAL FORM)
  • ECG clearance email or report is uploaded to Athletic Clearance account under "3rd Party ECG Report".
  • Everyone must also upload a completed OCPS Cardiology Report
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
Ticket Policy
Senior Portraits (Nov. 19)
** Please contact Ms. Varnadore, the Yearbook Sponsor, if you have any questions at
Senior Breakfast Highlights (Oct. 28)
Mentors are needed. Please consider joining today!
Have you seen the WFTV/Channel 9 feature on Evans Mentorship Program? View the video If you, or someone that you know, is interested in being a Mentor at Evans High School please contact us! Must be available to mentor during school hours.
Special Events
College and Career Resource Center
Helpful links:
You will need to utilize your OCPS Google Account to access the two items above
FAFSA Checklist:
ACT / SAT Testing
Valencia College FAFSA support:
OCPS YouTube College & Career Videos
OCPS College and Career has a YouTube Channel that offers videos for a variety of College and Career topics.
Trojan College Acceptances
Food for Thought
1) Many students are losing out on college financial aid:
Research shows that many college students and high school seniors don't really understand what the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can do for them:
2) Number of Trojan seniors completing the FAFSA is down vs. 2020:
Source: Florida College Access Network (through the end of Oct.) Access data
3) Nov. 11 was Veterans Day. The number of US veterans is shrinking:
Source: Statista Read full article
Most popular Thanksgiving side dishes:
Source: YouGov
Florida flag
An early Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Mr. Bailey, Principal
Evans High School
Monday, November 15, 2021
Leadership Team
Pride - Determination - Perseverance
Principal: Rolando Bailey
Assistant Principal: Esther Hodge
Assistant Principal: Kenya Nelson Warren
Assistant Principal: Bradley Shreffler
Assistant Principal: Lataniah Smith
Assistant Principal: Clarence Truitt
Senior Administrator: Casey Waugh
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