The Trojan Express
Maynard Evans High School Community Brief
Wednesday, September 22, 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. 

Congratulations to Ms. Lauren Williams (Biology) for being named EHS Teacher of the Year and Congratulations to Mrs. Rina Santiago (Registrar) for being named EHS Support Person of the Year!! These two wonderful team members were recently recognized for their hard work and commitment by their peers. We are indeed quite fortunate to have them serving here at EHS. 

Trojan families, as we are already into our seventh week of the 2021-22 school year, progress reports were published to Skyward on Thursday, September 16th. Progress reports are an excellent way to pulse check student academics. Another great way to monitor is by routinely checking Skyward for updated grades. If you need support with accessing your parent account in Skyward, please reach out to the school by emailing

Parents, our open house will be virtual this year. Open House is still a wonderful opportunity to meet the teachers and learn a little bit more about the classes. If you have a student at Evans, I do hope you will participate, as the entire event will be conducted in real-time. On October 12, teachers will have introductory videos discussing their expectations and procedures for academic success for your student this year, starting at 6pm.

Attendance is crucial in providing a student with the highest quality of education. Florida legislators have set the framework of compulsory attendance for our students. As a result, Evans High School will begin the process of notifying you on a bi-weekly basis when your child is in violation of compulsory attendance and tardy to class. These notifications will come to you through school messenger, so please listen to them in their entirety. If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding your child's attendance to school or class, please do not hesitate to contact us here at the school.

Mr. Bailey

Pictured very top: Evans High School 2021-2022 Administration Team
Important Dates in this Issue
Sept. 22: Virtual Senior Seminar, 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 22: Valencia College Dual Enrollment Session #1, 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 23: OCPS Financial Aid Night, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 - Oct. 1: Homecoming Spirit Week
Sept. 27: Progress Monitoring Assessments (PMA)
Oct. 7: Valencia College Dual Enrollment Session #2, 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 12: SAC meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 12: Virtual Open House
Oct. 19: On campus dental event, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Evans High School 2021-2022 Support Person of the Year and Teacher of the Year
Student Services
New Alpha Breakdown for - Who is My Counselor?
Student Technical Issues
Students with technical difficulties, please complete the following link - The Media Center staff will set an appointment to fix their computer.

Evans High School Advisory Council (SAC)
Evans’ SAC presented Evans alum and Hardee’s owner Tim Haberkamp with a school jersey in May. From left: Michael Strayhorn; Alayna Riggins; Tim Haberkamp; Clarence Truitt; and Gregory Thompson
Join the Evans SAC
OCPS School Advisory Councils invite stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, staff and community members) to get involved in their school communities to assist the school principal in developing and evaluating the School Improvement Plan. Each SAC is composed of the principal and representatives of teachers; education support employees; parents; community members; and students. The SAC also must be ethnically, racially and economically representative of its community, and high schools must have students as part of their SAC memberships.
The Evans SAC works together to help Evans High School be a shining example of pride, determination and perseverance in Orlando’s Pine Hills community. At Evans SAC meetings, participants learn more about Evans’ academic and extracurricular events; education trends and legislation; School Board and district decisions; and more. We also focus on ways to support teachers and administrators in their efforts to provide the best possible opportunities for our students.
If you are interested in joining the Evans SAC this 2021-22 school year, you are welcome to attend monthly meetings without becoming a voting member. 
Become knowledgeable and make your voice heard to help make Evans an even better place of high achievement. You can find the Evans SIP here:
2021-22 SAC/PTSA Meeting Dates:
  • Sept. 14, 2021, 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 12, 2021, 6 p.m.
  • 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.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
Larger view (PDF) - ENGLISH
Larger view (PDF) - SPANISH
Larger view (PDF) - CREOLE
Student of the Month and Teacher of the Month
Students of the Month: An ton Holland, Anna Kissoonchand, Ashley Campbell and Makayla Homles

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Joiner
Teacher Feature
Ms. Luna, Science Department
Where are you from?
I am originally from Pembroke Pines, Florida.

College / University?
I am a proud, first generation college graduate with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Florida and I hope to further my education in the near future.

What are your hobbies?
In my free time I enjoy practicing yoga, traveling, gardening, painting, and pottery. 
Ms. Towne, Science Department
Where are you from?
I am from Ottawa, IL, but I have lived in the greater St. Louis area for the past 7 years.

College / University?
I attendees college at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where I received my Bachelors of Science.

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy staying active by walking my two dogs, Lucy and Spot, and running. I also love reading!
Ms. Woods, Reading
Where are you from?
I am relocating from Southwest Florida (Fort Myers) , but I am originally from the Central Florida area. 

College / University?
I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with my Bachelor’s degree and I am currently completing my Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading. During my time at FGCU, I had the pleasure of joining Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 

What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are spending time with family, playing basketball, painting, reading, and listening to music. 
Course Spotlight - AVID
AVID was able to bring back our Faculty College Panel for National College Colors Day on Friday, September 3 for our AVID Elective classes. AVID is a college prep program here at Evans that helps students who have a strong desire to attend college learn the strategies and skills needed for advanced coursework required for college entrance. We love that everyone gets involved from our counselors and teachers to the deputies and administrators. They were able to share their college experiences and offer some pearls of wisdom including the reasons behind their college choice and lessons they had learned along the way.
Classroom Spotlight
Algebra 1 with Ms. Potter
Ms. Potter’s Algebra 1 classes were participating in small groups this past week. It is a team effort at Evans High School for all of our students. Pictured below is a member of our City Year Team, Mr. Bailey, and Ms. Julia working with students in small groups on mastering Algebra 1.
Homecoming Spirit Week - Dancing Through The Decades
SGA is accepting donations of drinks and snacks for Homecoming. If you would like to contribute, please email Ms. Steadman at 
Trojan Athletics
State Rings
Returning track members Ar’briel Scott and Alisha Boyer, were on campus to receive their State Championship Rings from last year’s 2021 Spring Season! Both were on the Girl’s Track and Field team who won the state 4x 800 meter and 4x400 meter relays and finished third in the team standings. We look forward to seeing them shine in their senior year!
Varsity Football
Varsity Football is in full swing. They have had a great season where the athletes have won some impressive victories as well as suffered a couple close losses. They are growing in strength through teamwork and standout performances by Taylor Crane, Felix Barrington, Ty Battle and Jia'Quinn Stinson.
Evans High School - Fall 2021 Athletic Coaches
* Athletic Director - Mr. Thompson -
* Football - Coach Lang -
* Bowling - Coach Delaney -
* Cross Country (Boys) - Coach Carter -
* Cross Country (Girls) - Coach Daniley-Porter -
* Golf - Coach Lewis -
* Swimming - Coach Steadman -
* Volleyball - Coach Goodwyn -
Fall Athletic Schedules
Trojan Athletic Schedules can be found on 
Ticket Policy
Athletic Clearance
TONIGHT! Senior Seminar
Senior Pictures
** Please contact Ms. Varnadore, the Yearbook Sponsor, if you have any questions at
September and October Testing
  • Monday, 9/20/21 - ELA Reading Session 1
  • Tuesday, 9/21/21 - ELA Reading Session 2
  • Wednesday, 9/22/21 - ELA Reading Make-ups
  • Thursday, 9/23/21 - Biology / US History EOC
  • Friday, 9/24/21 - Biology / US History Make-ups
  • Monday, 9/27/21 - Thursday, 10/7/21 PMA - Q1 (Progress Monitoring Assessments 1st Quarter) 
Welcome - New Evans High School Community School Director
Kelly Astro
Kelly Astro is the new Director of the Evans Community Partnership School HUB. Ms. Astro comes to Evans with over twenty years of educational program administration, teaching, training and curriculum development in the areas of leadership, college access, career preparation, civic engagement and social responsibility. Ms. Astro graduated from the University of Central Florida (BS) and from Drexel University (MS) in Philadelphia where she received degrees in education. Ms. Astro started her career as a teacher at Grand Avenue Elementary in OCPS and then as Drexel University’s inaugural Director of the Drexel Experience, Service-Learning and Leadership. Ms. Astro returned to Orlando and UCF to serve as the Director of Research and Civic Engagement at the Burnett Honors College. Most recently, Ms. Astro served as the Director of the Horizon Scholars program at Valencia College. Ms. Astro has served as a facilitator for Professional Development trainings for English Language teachers for Major League Baseball Latin America as well as for the International Entrepreneurship Center’s Brazilian Management Program and was a guest co-host on the Sirius/XM international radio show “Live from E Street Nation.” Ms. Astro was also a member of the 2009 Emmy nominated Super Bowl Halftime show cast. Ms. Astro is excited to join the HUB team and looks forward to working with the students and families at Evans High School. 
Recruiting Mentors. Commitment is 1 hour per week, face-to-face.
Special Events
New Parent Engagement Coordinator, Ms. Rattery
The Giving Back Evans Alumni Association
The Giving Back Evans Alumni Organization, in collaboration with community businesses and organizations in Pine Hills, have been doing pre-game dinners for the football team. “The Breaking Bread” initiative is an opportunity for alumni to show day before game support to the football team, letting them know that the Trojan Alumni are proud of them and want them to do well. They have also volunteered to assist with parking duty for the last two home games, helping the football team fundraiser. For more information about Giving Back Evans Alumni Organization please email:  
College and Career Resource Center
Helpful links:
You will need to utilize your OCPS Google Account to access the two items above
ACT / SAT Testing
OCPS Fall Into College
TONIGHT! Dual Enrollment Information
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.
Rollins College Upward Bound
Jobs outlook for the decade:
Source: US Dept. of Labor and Visual Capitalist - Larger view of chart
Florida flag
Enjoy the rest of your week Trojans!
Mr. Bailey, Principal
Evans High School
Wednesday, September 22, 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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