The Trojan Express
Maynard Evans High School Community Brief
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Evans Community Member,

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.

Trojans, please join me in recognizing our unwavering, dedicated BLA’s. I have been blessed to work with amazing BLA’s. A group of individuals who have uniquely made countless contributions to the success of our Evans High community.

I am sure you all are aware that our BLA’s perform numerous roles that contribute to the daily operations of running Evans High. Consistently they are tasked with moving from one thing to the next, as most of their day is not planned for them. Respectfully, Evans BLA’s embrace the fact that more is expected and the work is non-stop. Multi-tasking is a skill that they all must possess in order to be effective at Evans High School. They all do this exceptionally well!

Conversely, they challenge me to be better but they are also sponges. All of them are open to learning and developing; not only from what I share but from the experiences that they have with staff, students and parents.

Our BLA’s work long hours, tend to a voluminous amount of email, answer phone calls, and handle numerous challenges. Therefore, I want to take the time and thank Mrs. Hodge, Mrs. Kreider, Mrs. Nelson-Warren, Ms. Smith, Mr. Truitt and Mrs. Waugh.

Their work has a highly significant impact on students, staff members, parents, and the EHS community.

Thank you for all you do!

Go Trojans!

Mr. Bailey
Proud Principal 
Evans High School

Pictured very top: Evans High School Building Level Administrators (BLA's) were recognized during April as part of National Assistant Principal Week.
Dates to Watch For / Special Events
Apr. 22: OCPS Parent Academy - "Decision Making for the Future: College and Career" - 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Apr. 26-30: Trojan Service Week - Random Acts of Kindness"
Apr. 27: Orange Blossom Family Health on Campus (Dental Care)
Apr. 28: Black Nurses Rock Virtual Workshop, 3:00-5:00 PM
Apr. 30: Academic Signing Day in the Gymnasium
May 8: Seniors Day Out, 2:00 - 6:00 PM, in the Courtyard
May 19: Spring Football Game vs. Olympia, 7:00 PM
May 27: Class of 2021 Graduation, Amway Center, 8:30 AM

* Please see below for details on the upcoming events.
Student Spotlight
Iyanna Pierre and Jephthe Belizare
Please join us in CONGRATULATING Iyanna Pierre as the newest member of the Texas Southern University Band. Iyanna will join the Ocean of the Soul Band as she continues her academic studies. Iyanna received a Full Tuition/Housing & Meal Plan scholarship.
Also, CONGRATULATIONS are in order for Jephthe Belizare as he has received his admission acceptance for Bethune Cookman University and the Marching Wildcats. Jephthe received a $10K per year scholarship.
Musical Afternoons
Over the past few weeks, the courtyard came to life with music in the afternoons as the Evans High School Band and Choir practiced for their Spring Show. If you were on campus, the sound of the choir and band illuminated a generally quiet space and you found yourself listening to a performance that lifted your spirits!
Spring Performances
Parents and students were treated to an evening of musical delight. The Evans High School Choir and Band held performances in the courtyard on Wednesday evening that provided a much needed musical experience. The courtyard performance allowed parents and students to attend and added a unique ambiance to the performance. 
2021 - Virtual College Tour - Marching Band Edition
Mr. Ford organizes a virtual college tour for our Band students!
Our Band Director, Mr. Mario Ford, organized a virtual college tour for our Band students where 16 Colleges & Universities were invited to make virtual college visits with our students. Band Directors from colleges and universities presented information about the college or university as well as information about the Band programs at their schools. Students were also able to ask questions and have conversations with the Band Directors.
Curriculum Highlight
Biology - Phases of Meiosis
Students in Biology are preparing for the Biology End of Course Exam by reviewing Meiosis, cell reproduction and multiplying. Different colored straws were used to represent chromosomes and show cell reduction division. Students arranged the different colored straws to represented different phases of Meiosis.

* A LaunchEd student was paired with a Face to Face student to create this lab with each student having responsibilities for completing the lab.
Pictured above: Telophase (on the left) and the Anaphase
Teacher / Staff Spotlight
Congratulations Ms. Clark!
Our SEL, Ms. Constance Clark won, 1st place in the High School division for her work on our PTSA and SAC presentations during the 2021 Parent and Family Engagement Showcase.

This meeting was a culmination of the fantastic work all have done as a PEL/SEL this school year. They were invited for an end of year celebration where the district leadership highlighted the winners for the showcase, as chosen by their colleagues.
Ms. Clark with Principal Bailey
Summer Opportunity
Morehouse - Greater Orlando Upward Bound Math and Science Program
Are you interested in STEM? Do you want to prepare for your SAT/ACT assessments? This summer Evans High School and Jones High School will be collaborating with Morehouse and the Greater Orlando Upward Bound Math and Science Program.

The summer program will provide students with the opportunity to experience College Level Classes with College Professors while preparing for College Entrance Assessments. In addition to the stated experiences, Morehouse has secured a grant from NASA and the STEM activities will involve creating an application for maneuvering an experiment on Mars. 

Class of 2021 Announcements
School-Wide ACT
All juniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT on April 27, 2021. Seniors in need of the FSA ELA or Algebra 1 EOC graduation requirements will also be able to take the School-wide ACT on April 27, 2021. Juniors and seniors attending school via LaunchEd will need to find their own transportation on April 27th.

The School-wide ACT on April 27th will be computer based. Students need to fully charge their laptops and bring them and their chargers when they come to school for the test.

State Testing
The state’s Executive Order regarding testing for seniors graduating in spring 2021, left it up to districts to determine what seniors needed to “waive” the testing requirements. At this time, we do not know what that waiver will look like for Orange County. The state did not waive testing graduation requirements for any other grade levels. 

FSA ELA Reading
Students currently in 9th and 10th grade will take the FSA ELA Reading exam on May 6 and 7, 2021. Per the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessments. The FSA ELA Writing test is 90 minutes long each day. The FSA ELA Reading test is a computer based test.

FSA Algebra 1 and Geometry EOCs
Students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 or Geometry courses will take the FSA Algebra 1 or FSA Geometry EOC on May 10th and 11th. Per the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessments. The FSA ELA Writing test is 90 minutes long each day. Students will be allowed to continue testing up to half the school day if needed. All state EOC tests are computer based tests.

Biology and U.S. History EOCs
Students currently enrolled in Biology 1 or U.S. History courses will take the Biology 1 or U.S. History EOC on May 13th. Per the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessments. The FSA ELA Writing test is 160 minutes long each day. Students will be allowed to continue testing until the end of the school day if needed. All state EOC tests are computer-based tests.

ELA - English Language Arts
EOC - End of Course Exam
FSA - Florida Standards Assessment
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics; Read full article and watch short BLS videos
Trojan Athletics
Lady Trojans Lacrosse
The amazing story of the Lady Trojan Lacrosse team continues to take center stage of athletics in Pine Hills. The mighty Trojans ended the year winning 3 out of his last 4 matches of the 2020-2021 season.

On Friday, the Lady Trojans defeated Tohopekaliga HS 10-6. Coach Koi Slaughter was very excited about the Lady Trojan Lacrosse Team entering district play-offs against Dr. Phillps HS on Monday, April 12 at Dr. Phillips HS where they were victorious. This win is historical for the Lady Trojans as the first time ever our Lady Trojans have ever won a play-off game!

Coach Slaughter also believes that the future in Lacrosse at Evans is extremely bright for many of the underclassmen Trojans who have contributed to this year's success led by sophomore Tationna Jackson along with juniors Delicia Lawrence and Aaliyah Gilroy.
The Lady Trojan Lacrosse program has finished the 2021 season with a winning record!
Lady Trojan Track & Field
The Lady Trojans Track & Field Team dominated the Metro West Track Meet on Saturday, April 10. With exceptional performances by several Lady Trojans, they ran away with the Metro West Championship amassing an astonishing 176 points!
Congratulations to our Baptiste Athletes of the Month: April 2021
Sherrod Miller is a senior and plays baseball here at Evans. He has a GPA of 3.40.
"Sherrod is a joy to have in the locker room and brings energy to the team daily. Other players look to him for advice. He attends every practice and every game. Sherrod communicates well with the coaching staff as well as his fellow teammates. Sherrod workouts out at a baseball gym 5 days a week while also attending our practices during the week. He has an exceptional work ethic."
Aaliyah Gilroy is Junior and plays Girls Lacrosse. She has a weighted GPA of 4.9.
"Aaliyah is a top player on the team and can be known as, soul of the team. She exemplifies leadership on and off the field. Aaliyah led her teammates in all categories, scoring, defense, and transition. She doesn’t miss practice and is in attendance for every game. She is on track to make the all-metro team this year."
Spring Football Game (May 19 vs. Olympia)
The spring football game is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, May 19 at Evans High school. The Mighty Trojans will take on Olympia HS school with a 7:00 PM start time. Tickets are available on for $6.00 - - keep in mind the OCPS remains in COVID restrictions in terms of stadium attendance. Therefore, the attendance policy of 25% will be implemented.
College and Career Resource Center
1) Academic Signing Day (April 30)
2) OCPS YouTube College & Career Videos
Next up: Friday, April 23 - Orange Technical College
3) FAFSA Reminders
Ms. Benefiel is located in the CCRC (in Student Services) if you are needing help to complete your FAFSA, College Applications or Scholarships be sure to stop by the CCRC or schedule an appointment by emailing Ms. Benefiel at Ms. Benefiel will also be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Tutoring. Remember, time is ticking and we need to get your FAFSA completed as soon as possible.
FAFSA Information Google Slide Presentation -  (Note - your student must access this Google Slide Presentation from their OCPS STUDENT Google Account)

FAFSA - Step by Step Instructions - (Note - your student must access this Google Slide Presentation for their OCPS Student Google Account)
4) FAFSA Resource
Meet Wyatt, an easy to use chatbot that answers your questions about the FAFSA by text message. Visit to learn more and sign up. 
5) Seniors - Are You Needing a Transcript?
Please complete the Google Form at for transcripts.
6) Career Paths:
Design Bootcamp (UCF) / Electrical Powerline Technician (Valencia)
7) Senior Opportunities:
Seniors, are you interested in attending Orange Technical College? Go to or scan the QR Code for more information.
8) The Economics of an Education (latest 2020 data just released):
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Read full article
9) Volunteer Opportunities
10) Helpful links:
In order to access the documents below, please be sure to utilize your OCPS Google Drive.

ACT & SAT Testing Dates & Deadlines - 

Evans High School - Scholarships -

Evans High School - Virtual College Visits -

Volunteer Opportunities -

Senior Transcript Request -
11) Additional College Scholarships
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.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund - - Represents Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This fund has awarded more than $300 million in assistance to students and member-schools.

UNCF - - Multiple scholarships for African American students.
12) College Student Loan Debt Demographics:
Attention Trojans - Caution should be used before taking on too much debt for college. Please be sure you have completed your FAFSA and see Ms. Benefiel with student loan related questions while you are still at EHS.
Source: Invisibly; Read full article
Leadership Team
Pride - Determination - Perseverance
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