The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Monday, September 23, 2019  
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.

Class of 2020 Scholarships
There is excitement in the air! We are gearing up for our Scholarship Night on Friday, September 27th at 7pm on Trojan Field. I am proud to announce that we have raised over $100,000 dollars, cash on hand, for the Class of 2020 which eclipses the amount raised last year by $40,000. On behalf of the Trojan family, thank you community members, alumni and fellow EHS staff for this record breaking accomplishment!

Student/Principal Round Table Series
At a school, leadership cannot exclusively come from administrators, teachers, or other support staff personnel, It must come from the students, as well as a shared common goal which creates a community that develops intelligence and character. At Evans, our school community embraces our pillars of success by demonstrating pride, determination and perseverance. This past Thursday, I hosted the 1st of 4 student/principal round table discussions. This experience of listening to students share their personal stories, discussing what they need from their peers, and what it means to be an Evans Trojan is instrumental in providing me with the supports they need to be successful both academically and behaviorally. These students will provide Evans with a blueprint for improved outcomes.

I was overjoyed to know that our senior students would like to mentor their fellow freshmen Trojans and they would like for our school to have a structured lunch time tutoring area on campus. They believe in keeping our campus clean, they feel a strong sense of pride within their school and their community, they appreciate the efforts of their teachers, and finally they know that we care even though some disagree with our school routines and expectations.  

Open House (Tuesday, Oct. 1)
Please be sure to mark the Tuesday, October 1 date as that evening is our annual Open House from 6:30-8:00pm. We are looking forward to showcasing the campus and classrooms!

With Trojan Pride,

Rolando Bailey

Pictured very top: 2019-2020 Student Service Team
Back row: Rina Santiago, basdai Ayub, Pamela Barnes, Suzanne Lawe, Donna Benefiel, Christopher Canfield, Nicole Banton
Front Row: Jasmine Morgan-Graham, Phillipe Castel, Keila Porter, Heather Kreider, Yaritmarie Ildefonso, Angelique Moseley

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In this Issue  
Content (click for that section)

Alumni Spotlight
Student Spotlight
Rigor in the Classroom
Trojan Happenings
Class of 2020
HUB Happenings
Dates to Watch For

Sept. 23: First Day of the Fall Season 
Sept. 24: Extended tutoring until 5 PM 
Sept. 26: Extended tutoring until 5 PM 
Sept. 27: Scholarship Night at the football game (vs. Knights of Ocoee), 7PM 
Oct. 1: OPEN HOUSE, 6:30-8 PM   
Oct. 3: Homecoming Parade, 6:30PM  
Oct. 8: College Financial Aid Night  
Oct. 14: PTSA/SAC Meeting, 5:30-7PM 
Trojan Alumni Spotlightalumni 

Dalton Joseph, once high school dropout, has returned to Evans with the drive and purpose that we love to see from our community volunteers. He has been a stellar volunteer for the last two years, serving as a tutor in the AVID classrooms. His story is one of ultimate success, but his ability to relate to students' situations and show them that there are better opportunities if you make them, ensures that he's a favorite on campus. After dropping out of Evans, he re-evaluated his choice and is now a proud graduate of Valencia College and is currently enrolled in UCF pursuing his bachelor's degree.

Student Spotlight studentspotlight2 
Emannuelle Beaubrun and Lily Pham 

Congratulations to Emannuelle Beaubrun and Lily Pham! You have earned the great distinction of being an "Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction." This is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
In recognition of this great accomplishment; they will be recognized at the Annual OCPS AP Scholars Ceremony in November.

Rigor in the Classroomrigorintheclassroom 
Sharpening reading skills in Ms. Dunkley's classroom   
We reflected on the CRM assessment that had students determining theme, analyzing complex characters, and cultural experience. Data was used to establish which items needed to be addressed.

Ms. Dunkley's students use analysis to work collaboratively to select and justify answers. Student teams must read through text then select an answer for the question presented and lead out with a rationale for selecting the answer that they did. If no evidence or support was presented, the team would not be awarded any points.
Ms. Dunkley also recognizes the "Critical Thinkers list," which parallels the IB Learner profile. At the end of each culminating task, these students will be given certificates in recognition of their success.
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Community Meeting 
Dr. Karen Castor Dentel, our school board District 6 member, hosted a meeting to inform parents, students, faculty and community about the potential start time options as well as to get feedback. Audience members were able to ask questions and receive insight from the school district's administration, including OCPS Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins, as well leaders in transportation services. We were honored to host the event!

Left: OCPS is seeking feedback on this survey as to new start time options 
Right: Supt. of Schools Dr. Jenkins addresses the audience in our media center while Dr. Castor Dentel posts a slide regarding four school start time options. 
Principal's Round Table 
Selected students from all grades and experiences met with Mr. Bailey to talk about areas of academics, behavior, and pride. He challenged students to collaborate on each topic and determine what are examples vs. non-examples as well as students coming up with potential activities and ideas for this school year.

It was clear that students felt that academics comes first at Evans and that Trojans should be models of our three pillars of excellence. They also supported the "Evans classroom basics" for their friends and the importance of upperclassmen mentoring to the freshman class.

Student Government - Blood Drive 
Our SGA students held their first blood drive on Tuesday, September 17th. Thank you to everyone that participated!

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Trojan Access IDs 
ID's will be distributed DURING LUNCH as follow. Teachers please DO NOT send students to the media center for this event.

Senior Meeting 
October 14th during 3rd period. 

Senior Package Payments 
Can be accessed here
  • 1st Installment - Extended to September 22nd
  • 2nd Installment - Due by October 27th
  • 3rd & Final Payment - Due by December 22nd
College and Career Resource Centerccc  
Further Information from the College and Career Center:
Instagram - @EvansCollegeCareer
Link for scholarships (student access) - 

College Visits 
The colleges and universities that will be visiting Evans High School are listed on the following student link -  

You should be working on your Common or Coalition or university/university system specific application(s) by now. You can come to the College & Career Resource Center to get help with your applications!
Financial Aid Night / FAFSA Night (Oct. 8) 
Mark your calendars for Financial Aid night which will be held on Tuesday, October 8 from 5:00 PM -7:00 PM in the cafeteria. Financial aid experts will be present to provide valuable information about funding college from 5:00 PM-6:00 PM and then they and the Evans Student Services staff will be on hand from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM to help families complete their FAFSA.
Bridges to Success Scholarship Program at Valencia 
Valencia will hold its Bridges application evenings at the West Campus on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 on the following dates: Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29 and December 3, 10,17. Be sure to have completed your admissions application to Valencia prior to attending the Bridges session. See Mrs. Benefiel for details.

A large portion of scholarship money comes directly from colleges and universities. Once students apply, they should check college websites for additional scholarship applications in order to maximize scholarship potential. A full list of scholarships and applications is available at this student link - 
Trojan Parent Information trojanparents 
PSTA/SAC (Parent and Community Involvement) 
Our PTSA and SAC groups had their first meeting of the 2019-20 school year on September 10th. We had a great turnout and were able to vote for new SAC representation as well as conducting a review of the bylaws. If you are interested in attending, meeting dates are listed on our website. The next meeting is October 14th from 5:30-7:00pm in the media center.

Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Families (MTSS) 

Accident Insurance

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Enriching Workshop at the Microsoft Store 
Evans Community Partnership School began their series of enriching workshops with a Make Arcade workshop at the Microsoft Store at Florida Mall. Evans Community Partnership School partnered with Elevate Orlando to transport students to get this experience. Seventeen students learned basic game design for arcade games and also got to play video games!
"How Money Works" Workshop
Our monthly workshops have officially kicked off with Wells Fargo covering "How Money Works." Students got a taste of how valuable money is by having an open discussion, doing a fun and thought provoking activity, and asking questions that Ms. Sheree and Ms. Shantel answered. They also provided some great resources! The HUB has multiple monthly workshops occurring, so please visit Ms. Riha or go to @evanshighhub on instagram to learn more.
Walk for Education (Nov. 2) 
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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