The Trojan Express
Maynard Evans High School Community Brief
Wednesday, October 27, 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. 

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today (Malcolm X, civil right leader). Preparation for school starts in the morning before your arrival. Parents, we need your assistance with ensuring your students' timely arrival to school. Attendance is important and is a major contributor to positive academic outcomes. As you review your student’s 1st quarter report card, ask your student how many absences or tardies they have accumulated in the classes they underperformed, in comparison to the classes they earned satisfactory grades in.

I congratulate the 115 Trojan students who earned straight A’s and the 519 who earned A’s and B’s last quarter. In addition, 615 students were on time to school and class for the 1st marking period, with no tardies. They are to be commended!

Their academic success correlates with being on time for class with limited daily absences. Parents, for the remainder of this 2nd marking period and beyond please look to support our teachers, simply by ensuring your students timely arrival to school and minimize the absences they had last quarter.

We need our Trojans here on time. A slight adjustment could make a world of difference. Attendance matters, every period, and every day.

In Trojan Pride,

Mr. Bailey

Pictured very top: Evans High School - Language Arts Department

Important Dates in this Issue
Oct. 27: Night of Spirituals at Park Lake Presbyterian Church, 7pm (please see below)
Oct. 28: Drive Thru College Fair, 5pm-7pm (please see below)
Oct. 29: No School for Students (Teacher workday)
Nov. 1: FSU and UF applications due
Nov. 4: Registration deadline for the Dec. 4 SAT
Nov. 5: Registration deadline for the Dec. 11 ACT
Nov. 7: End of Daylight Savings Time (set clocks back 1 hour)
Nov. 8: Wrestling team tryouts, 3pm in the wrestling room
Nov. 9: SAC and PTSA meeting, 6pm
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.
Trojan Success Stories . . .
CTE Student of the Month - Linnette Diaz
Lynnette Diaz - 12th Grade Orange Technical College Dual Enrollment student and Ms. Stewart, our Career Specialist

CTE Student of the Month is Evans student - Lynnette Diaz. Lynnette is a Senior as well as an OTC Dual Enrollment student and is preparing for a certification in healthcare. We are proud of Lynnette and look forward to how she will change the world after she graduates. #LikeATrojan
Tech Sassy Girlz
Our Lady Trojans participated in a Tech Sassy Girlz Seminar on Thursday, October 21st. Tech Sassy Girlz (TSG) is the signature program of Collegiate Pathways, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Orlando, FL. Our mission is to empower middle and high school girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through college preparation, career readiness, mentoring and entrepreneurship.
Fruits & Vegetables . . . A Winning Combination for Student!
Evans Agricultural Students participated in the annual OCPS FFA Federation citrus evaluation and vegetable evaluation career development events (CDE’s) on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. The purpose of these events is to give students the opportunity to learn and prepare for the respective state competitive events taking place in a few weeks. We strive to include everything the students need to know at the state level, including a general knowledge exam and correct identification of citrus/vegetable varieties, insects, diseases, parasites, pathogens, etc.
Morehouse Upward Bound Math & Science Mini STEM Day
On October, 8, 2021 when the majority of our students were enjoying a day of “No School”, our Morehouse Upward Bound students were participating in a Mini STEM Day. Dr. Bennett, the Morehouse Upward Bound Math and Science Director, visited Evans High School and conducted a mini STEM Day where our students participated in STEM activities. Pictured above, students competed to build the strongest and tallest structure using only copy paper and tape that could hold a bag of candy. After the competition, Dr. Bennett discussed weight distribution and the everyday application of weight distribution. Students were also treated to Chick-fil-A for breakfast and lunch.

If you would like to complete an application for the Morehouse Upward Bound Math and Science Program, please see Ms. Benefiel in the CCRC or email:
Trojan Performing Arts
Evans High School - Chorus Fall Concert
Music filled the Trojan Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 as our Trojans performed their Fall Concert. Under the direction of Ms. Editht Wright, the Fall Concert was a night of elegance and held up the expectation of excellence from the Trojan Choir Department.
School Advisory Council and PTSA Meeting Information
2021-22 meeting dates. All Evans community members welcome!
  • Nov. 9, 2021, 6 p.m.
  • 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.
Evans Homecoming
A glimpse back at the sights and sounds of Evans High School Homecoming 2021. Homecoming King - Brad Sinanan and Homecoming Queen - Alaina Anglin.
Student Government Association
This past weekend, Evans SGA students had an opportunity to connect with SGA students all over the county and beyond to swap and share ideas. Evans SGA students loved connecting with students that have a different background than themselves. It was great to see and hear what is happening at other schools. Evans SGA gathered a lot of new ideas that they will be narrowing down and planning to implement here to impact the school culture in a positive way.

Six of the SGA members also presented sessions at the SGA Conference on Morning Pep Jams and Trojan Service Week. They were able to share some cool events that are happening at Evans every year. SGA looks forward to the next D3 Conference where more members can exercise their leadership abilities and get more comfortable speaking in front of groups of people they do not know.

Teacher Feature
Cashira Chery, Mathematics Department
Where are you from?
Orlando, Florida

College / University
I attended Florida State University where I was a member of the CARE Program. Go Noles!

What are your hobbies?
I love to read, literally reading is life for me. I also like watching movies at home with my friends.
Ashley Gray, English Department
Where are you from?
I am from Orlando, Florida.

College / University?
I graduated from “The Great” Bethune-Cookman University. Go Wildcats!

What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include reading and writing sci-fi and fantasy. I love watching anime and Marvel or DC movies. I also enjoy traveling, trying new foods, and meeting new people.
India Lopez, English Department
Where are you from?
Miami, Florida

College / University?
Florida International University

What are your hobbies?
I love reading and writing as well as going to the movies as often as I can.

Classroom Spotlight
English Language Arts
Our 10th grade Trojans participated in English Language Arts data tracking stations. Data was compiled from culminating tasks, progress monitoring assessments as well as other formative and summative assessments.
SAFE and SGA are excited to celebrate RED RIBBON WEEK, which is celebrated annually October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. Join us in pledging to be Drug Free!

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.
Fall Sports Highlights
Cross Country- Our 2021 Cross Country Season has been a talented young group of athletes. The coach says, “This is by far one of the fastest female teams overall that we’ve had at Evans High School and one of the most determined and unique group of males.” Our girls have had very strong finishes in our meets, winning their first meet, and placing third at the second meet.

With great rankings and solid times, we have the team’s Captain and number one runner, Alisha Boyer. Alisha Boyer is also our most recent female Bracing for Greatness Trojan Athletic Award recipient. This young lady currently balances volleyball and cross country, over a 4.0 GPA, and maintains leadership and dedication in and out of her sports. To add, her twin sister, Queen Boyer is the team’s number two runner, and has a similar situation. Queen is a part of the cross country team and the Dancing Emeralds. She also maintains a high GPA average over 3.0, and has been displaying leadership amongst her teammates. Abrianna Perkins and Aubrey Frost are both freshmen, and are a part of the scoring five runners from this past weekend. Our fifth runner is not a freshman but is new to the sport, and went from the team's seventh best, to a scorer. On the team is also Mariama Kamara and Ar’briel Scott.

The Lady Trojans plan to make it not just to regionals, as well as have runners compete at the state meet. These young ladies put in countless hours and miles, and continue to fight their way to victory each week!
Winter Sports
With fall sports winding down, winter sports will be starting tryouts soon! View the tryouts and coach contacts schedule below if any students are interested in participating.
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
Athletic Clearance
Senior Pictures
** Please contact Ms. Varnadore, the Yearbook Sponsor, if you have any questions at
ASVAB test on Thursday:
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
Seniors - Evans High School is now a CARE Partner School for FSU.
Reminder - FSU and UF Applications are due 11/1/21. Please see Ms. Benefiel in the CCRC if you are needing any assistance.
FAFSA Checklist:
ACT / SAT Testing
Bridges to Success Summer Program
OCPS YouTube College & Career Videos
OCPS College and Career has a YouTube Channel that offers videos for a variety of College and Career topics.
Education Pays!
There are many reasons for someone to continue on with their education and making money is not necessarily #1 on the list. However, 4X per year the US Dept. of Labor checks to see what the differences are in the weekly paychecks between people with varying levels of education. Their latest findings are below and this basic pattern repeats time after time since they began tracking these statistics decades ago:
Source: US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Read full report
Drive-Thru College Fair
Florida flag
Make it a great week Trojans!
Mr. Bailey, Principal
Evans High School
Wednesday, October 27, 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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