The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Thursday, October 24, 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.
The high school experience is one where numerous school events occur weekly and these events create, "moments" for our students. This is a major reason why I truly enjoy my role as principal of Evans High, 4949 Silver Star Rd. This past Thursday night, I had the pleasure of experiencing many moments with our seniors who participated in a varsity football game for the last time at Evans High School. First, thank you for the memories: senior football players, cheerleaders, athletic trainers, JROTC color guard, national anthem singers from our concert choir and the pride of Evans, our Green Machine marching band members. You will be missed and we as a staff and appreciate how you have supported our pillars of Pride, Determination and Perseverance.

As our fall sports teams prepare for the final stretch of their seasons, I would like to recognize these student-athletes and their coaches who have shown dedication to their respective sports. Thank you to our Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Swimming and Volleyball teams for your unwavering commitment and dedication to Evans High. Go Trojans!

We have come to the end of the first quarter. Monday, October 21st began the 2nd 9 weeks. The grades earned this 9 weeks will determine semester credits and, mostly importantly, GPA's.

As students begin this journey, this a great time for the students to reflect on their performance academically and behaviorally. Are they keeping up academically? Parents, have you checked their attendance to school and tardies to class?  We had an enormous turnout this past week with students attending our Amnesty seat-hours make-up program. In some aspects, this is good as students are able to make-up assignments and tests. However, we want students in class every period of every day because attendance matters every day.  

It is time to begin planning for Teach-In. We are looking for members of the community to come to Evans High School, Thursday, November 21st from 8:30am- 10:30 am. Community members will have the opportunity to speak about their educational and career experiences aimed at inspiring our students and to help create tomorrow's leaders!  If you are interested, please send Ms. Barbara Verity an email at  Time is of the essence as all Teach-In participants must be cleared through our OCPS volunteer ADDitions process.  

With Trojan Pride,

Rolando Bailey

Pictured very top: 2019-2020 Evans leadership team (from left) - AP Clarene Truitt, AP Kenya Nelson Warren, Community Partnership School DIrector Curtesa Vanderpool, Principal Bailey, Senior Administrator Casey Waugh, AP Heather Kreider, AP Esther Hodge.

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Content (click for that section)

Trojan Student Spotlight
Trojan Teacher Spotlight
Vital Signs
Senior Information
Hispanic Heritage Month
HUB Happenings
Dates to Watch For

Oct. 24: College Fair in the Gym
Oct. 26: ACT Test
Nov. 2: SAT Test
Nov. 11: PTSA/SAC Meeting, 5:30-7 PM 
Nov. 21: Teach-In  
Academics - FAFSA Nightfafsanight 
Free Application for Federal Student Aid  
FAFSA Night occurred on October 8th where Senior students and parents were able to begin the college financial aid process. Ms. Benefiel, with the assistance of our student services team and personnel from the TRIO grant, helped students fill out the FAFSA application.

Trojan Student Spotlighttrojanspotlight   
Fall Chorus Concert on October 8th and showcased all chorus sections including Boys and Girls Beginning Choir and the Trojan Singers.

Please join us in congratulating our students on being selected for the 39th Annual Florida State University Tri-State Band Festival!

Jeremia Nunez - Flute, Kevin Oriol - Tuba, Corey Bankston - Percussion

Participating in this event places our students among the top high school musicians in the Tri-State Region (Florida, Georgia, Alabama). Our students will spend 4 days on campus at Florida State University with nationally and internationally renowned guest conductors and FSU music faculty in an intensive schedule of rehearsals, masterclasses, professional clinics, and concerts. To Band Director Ford's knowledge, this will be the first time that Evans High School is represented at the Tri-State Band Festival in over 25 years! This is a great achievement and I could not be more proud of them. 
Trojan Teacher Spotlightteacherspotlight    
Ms. Shontay Blakeney (Evans AVID teacher) and The Love Project Inc.
Trojan Vital SignsTrojanvitalsigns   
Credit. Mrs. Casey Waugh, Senior Administrator; percentages are based on daily averages.
College and Career Resource Centerccc  
Follow Evans College & Career on Instagram - @EvansCollegeCareer  
Student Links: 
College Essay Help / Application Help 
Every Monday 2:30pm - 4:00pm - CCRC 
Every Tuesday & Thursday - 3:00pm - 5:00pm - Cafeteria
College Fair - We will have a College Fair in the Gym on Thursday, October 24th during 4th, 5th (both Lunches) & 6th periods. We currently have 26 schools scheduled to attend.

Seniors - You should be working on your Common or Coalition or university/university system specific application(s) by now. You can come to the college and career center any time to get help with your applications!  Most colleges/universities have a deadline of November 1.
Bridges to Success Scholarship Program at Valencia - Valencia will hold Bridges application evenings at the West Campus on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 on the following remaining dates: October 29 and December 3, 10, 17. Be sure to have completed your admissions application to Valencia prior to attending the Bridges session. See Ms. Benefiel in the CCRC for details.

Scholarships - 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. A full list of scholarships can be found at
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.

Student Links:
Scholarships -
College Visits -
Common App Deadlines

Senior Informationseniorinformation   
  • The second & final round of senior portraits will be December 16th -18th. Portraits will be called down by classes, NOT by appointment.
  • Senior Breakfast is tentatively scheduled for November 14th; more information to follow.
Trojan AthleticsTrojanathletics  
Swim Team In District Competition - Personal Best Times Set   
The swim team competed in districts and worked to make Evans proud as several athletes dropped times achieving personal bests in the pool. Grayson Francis took 1st in his heat of the 50 yard freestyle. The boys relay consisting of Joshua Davis, Jeffrey Allen, Grayson Francis and Dayoun Jones dropped 20 seconds off their time and finished 2nd in their heat. Other personal bests were handed in by Michael Madison in the 50 yard freestyle; Joshua Davis, who also swam the 100 yard butterfly; Tahaira Durrant in the backstroke; and Aniah Leathers and Alexis Rodriguez, both in the 100 yard breaststroke. The girls relay team, comprised of Shania Kissoochand, Mia Altidort, Christie St. Vil and Aniah Leathers, finished 3rd in their heat and dropped 7 seconds off their team time achieving their personal best performance of the season.

Winter Sports Tryouts - Soccer, Wrestling, Basketball 
Fall sports are wrapping up shortly and we are beginning to embark on tryouts for our winter sports. Girls and boys soccer try-outs started this week. For information, see Coach Janvier (boys) and Coach Dancy (girls). Students interested in boys and girls wrestling can see Coach Vernon and those interested in basketball can contact Coach Morgan (boys) and Coach Bellamy (girls). 
Hispanic Heritage MonthHHM   
Hispanic National Honor Society  
Our Hispanic National Honor Society put forth a lot of hard work to host the first EHS Faculty and Staff Compartir! Trojans were treated to a history of four specific dances including salsa, merengue and bachata and between each invited faculty to participate on the dance floor. Food was provided by a local restaurant and a great time was had by all. A special thanks to Ms. Cuadros for sponsoring this event with her club, HNHS!  
HUB Happeningshubhappenings   
The HUB began hosting natural hair workshops this month by partnering with Sabrina Davis from  Queen of Roots LLC. We want to encourage our students to learn about their natural hair and love their natural hair that will help build their self-esteem. We want our young ladies and men to love themselves down to the roots!
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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