The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Wednesday, November 20, 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.
Progress Reports
Student received their second quarter progress reports on Tuesday, November 19 and I encourage all of our parents to take the time to look over their student's results here at the midpoint of the quarter. At Evans, students who are excelling in their academic studies are taking advantage of the after school-tutoring program made available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If any student's grades are not quite where they could be, please look into this helpful tutoring opportunity.

Thanksgiving Message
At this special time of year, as we all reflect upon what we are thankful for, I want to take time to thank each teacher, staff member, and administrator for their daily dedication towards making Evans High, a place where pride, determination and perseverance are displayed daily. While we recognize the quest for excellence is never ending, we know our path at "Evans" is clearly in the right direction.

Happy Thanksgiving to your families and loved ones.

With Trojan Pride,

Rolando Bailey

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In this Issue  
Content (click for that section)

Performing Arts
Student Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight
Staff Spotlight
Rigor in the Classroom
OCPS Hall of Fame
Trojans in Service to Others
Professional Development
Service Award
College & Career Center
Class of 2020
Trojan Athletics
HUB Happenings
Closing Image of the Week
Dates to Watch For

Nov. 20: FAFSA Night, 4-7 PM 
Nov. 21: Teach-In  
Nov. 21: Classic Choir Concert (details below)   
Thanksgiving Break: Nov.25-29
Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway (details below) 
Our students performed beautifully at the Church on the Drive along with other high school choruses.  
Performing Artsperformingarts       
All-Florida Choir Member - Javahri Johnson (Class of 2020) 
A huge congratulations to Senior, Javahri Johnson, for auditioning and make the Florida Male Honor Choir. He will represent Evans for the state of Florida in Tampa in January.  

The Classic Choir concert is Thursday, November 21 hosted by Jones High School. Choirs performing are Jones HS, Evans HS, Memorial MS, Bethune Cookman University as well as other special guests.  
The event is hosted by Jones High School Chorus so if you wish to purchase tickets, please follow the link or see the attached flyer for more information. 

Trojan Student Spotlighttrojanspotlight   
Congratulations to the students below who each won a $1,000.00 Opportunity Scholarship from Khan Academy. Their hard work and dedication towards practice on Khan Academy has definitely paid off!   
Daline Renous 

Alia Trail  

George Samuels     

De'aveion Hargrove

Destiny Davis 
New Evans ELL student performs extremely well on the SAT! 
Frantz Berthie Supreme Val (not pictured) is one of our "ELL newcomers" from Haiti. She is a senior who arrived in the USA in August 2019 and enrolled at Evans High School on 9/10/2019. She tested as a Non-English Speaker when she entered Evans. She worked on the SAT practice test for 1 to 2 hours every day and on weekends. She just received her score and got a 510 on the Reading (EBRW) and a 520 on the Math. We are so proud of her accomplishments!
* English Language Learner (ELL) 
Trojan Teacher Spotlightteacherspotlight    
Mr. Melshaun Randolph, History 
Mr. Randolph attended Bethune-Cookman University where he majored in Liberal Studies. He enjoys exercising, yoga, and increasing my skills on the trombone while not teaching World HIstory. He expressed that his favorite part of being a Trojan is "being an example for my team and my students, and the ability to share ideas with each other and what makes us unique." Mr. Randolph has also taken on the role of supporting of Green Machine Marching Band and helps students hone their craft on their individual instruments. We greatly appreciate his passion!
Mr. Randolph completed his undergraduate studies at Bethune-Cookman University 
Trojan Staff Spotlightstaffspotlight 
Ms. Pamela Barnes, Registrar 
Ms. Barnes has been working in Education for the past 6 and a half years. When she is not helping families register for entry into Evans High, Ms. Barnes loves to travel, dance, and attend church and bible study. She really enjoys working with parents and sharing the enrollment process for our school.  
She takes pride in being a Trojan simply because her husband and children are all graduates of Evans! Her bit of advice to students? "Take education seriously, work hard and complete high school with a diploma."

Rigor in the Classroom Snapshotrigorintheclassroom   
Spanish with Ms. Byrne   
Ms. Byrne uses Nearpod as an engagement tool to support students as they identify and label the pictures to practice Spanish verbs and sentence construction. Students were able to enter their own sentences underneath the pictures shown, while Ms. Byrne utilized the dashboard of all student responses to examine errors in reasoning and identify exemplars as students practice this skill.  

If you look very closely, the students are working along with Ms. Byrne's presentation on the wall from their computers. The Nearpod program she uses allows them to interact and respond instantly as the lesson progresses. A current example of 21st century learning in play at Evans High School! 
Speaking of our Trojans learning Spanish in Ms. Byrne's class, did you know . . .  
SPECIAL EVENT: OCPS Hall of Fame Nomineehalloffame 
Mr. Kenard Lang, Evans Alumni (Class of 1993)
Congratulations to our Alumni, Mr. Kenard Lang, who continues his relationship wtih his alma mater through scholarship donations, school visits, and helping our families in need through the Kenard Lang Foundation.

Kenard Lang (Evans High 1993, Robinswood Middle, Hiawassee Elementary), a former NFL defensive end, began his career at Orange County Public Schools, where he was a member of the 1991 Class 5A State Championship football team from Evans High School. 
Lang went on to play for the University of Miami and entered the NFL in 1997 as a first-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins. He also played for the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos before retiring in 2007.

Lang has continued to give back to the Central Florida community through the Kenard Lang Foundation he formed in 2002, which has provided over $250,000 in scholarships and other community support.
Kenard Lang today and then #90 of the Washington Redskins on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at the Redskins Stadium in Landover, Maryland (Nov. 7, 1999).   
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819
Limited tickets available. RSVP deadline March 18, 2020
Trojans in Service to Others: SGA Blood Driveservicetoothers      
Thanks to all the Trojans who came out to help save lives!
Continuing Professional DevelopmentPDvlp       
At Evans High School ongoing training of our staff is a major strategic objective; not just for our amazing faculty, but for our dedicated support personnel as well.   
Our classified staff engaged in their second professional learning for the year and focused on "Creating a Culture of We, Not Me." Staff worked to determine what are behaviors that encourage teamwork and what behaviors should be avoided in order to provide stellar customer service and a positive, collaborative work environment.


Members of Evans' support staff participate in the "Creating a Culture of We, Not Me" training while principal Bailey (left) looks on. 
Exceptional Service Awardserviceaward       
Master Deputy Willie Britton, OCSO 
Our School Resource Officer, Master Deputy Willie Britton of the Orange County Sheriff's Office, was just awarded the Exceptional Service Award. He was recognized for his work in the Pine Hills community and with the citizens of Orange County as well as his work in the KNEC Stop the Violence Rally. Deputy Britton is a fixture here on campus, even becoming a mentor on campus.    
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
Local Events  
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 dates: December 3, 10,17. Be sure to have completed your admissions application to Valencia prior to attending the Bridges session. See Ms. Benefiel for details.

Valencia College Start Right Night - - Start Right Nights are designed with you in mind and provide specific opportunities for you to:
  • Apply to Valencia College on-site and have your $35.00 application fee waived
  • Learn about the Valencia College scholarship process
  • Learn how to navigate the financial aid process and get help filling out your FAFSA
Dates & Locations -  11/19 - West Campus  11/21 - Poinciana Campus  All dates & locations - 6pm - 8pm

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. Student Link -
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.
Due December 15, 2019 -The AXA Achievement Scholarship provides over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. Must be U.S. citizen, demonstrate ambition and self-drive in school, community or work. Go to:

Due April 1, 2020 - Southern Scholarship Foundation provides housing and meals at a very reduced rate at the following universities: FGCU, UF, Santa Fe College, FSU, Flagler College - Tallahassee, FAMU, and TCC. Students must have financial need, a 3.0 minimum GPA, excellent character, and acceptance to the university.

Class of 2020Classof2020  
Senior yearbook pictures are December 16-18. (These pictures will go into the yearbook.)
To make your appointment go to and select the school name from the drop down menu or, if you would like to come to the studio you can select that option as well. You can also call the studio at 407-802-2468 to sign up.  
* If you took a yearbook picture that you want in the book you will need the digital copy. Send it to Mrs. Varnadore or come to 7-301 - email to
Senior Package Payments: Last payment is due December 22nd  

CAP & GOWN: Jostens will be on campus during A/B lunch December 13th for cap & gown orders. You may also pay by going to

Senior Breakfast
We celebrated Seniors with breakfast on Thursday, November 14th. This kicked off the first of many events in which the Class of 2020 will participate!  

Senior breakfast (Nov. 14, 2019)

Trojan AthleticsTrojanathletics  
Boys Basketball 
Boys basketball begins their season. Follow all the action as they look to repeat another stellar season!

Girls Weightlifting 
Girls weightlifting opened their season with a bang on November 6 with a 65-19 victory over Ocoee. The Lady Trojans won 9 of the 10 weight classes lifting a combined weight of 1,985 lbs. Many of the lifters have begun the season lifting their all-time personal best. Team Captains Alyse Saint Fleur, Khaleisha Bright and Brittney Joseph piloted the team to victory as the each won their respective weight classes: 119 class - Alyse Saint Fleur - 230lbs; 154 class - Brittney Joseph - 310lbs; 169 class - Khaleisha Bright - 230lbs. 

Upcoming Winter Sports Season . . .  
The cooler temperature ushers in several more Trojan sports with girls and boys basketball participating in preseason tip-off classics, girls and boys soccer opening up their seasons at home and away, and wrestlers eager to hit the mat and show off all of the improvement from their intense work throughout the summer.

Stay Connected! 
Keep up with all things Evans Athletics via social media. Schedules, rosters and photo galleries can be accessed at our athletic website:; on Instagram @ehsmedia; YouTube @Evans Media or SnapChat ehs.sportsmedia 
HUB Happeningshubhappenings   
Closing Image of the Week . . . closingimageoftheweek   
Not everyone gets to go home for Thanksgiving.
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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