The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Wednesday, November 6, 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.
As we have entered the 2nd nine weeks of school, I would like to say thank you to all teachers and staff for the hard work and dedication shown towards our students for their continued academic growth and social development. The students, teachers, and staff have built up some powerful momentum turning into November. I challenge our Trojans to keep up their daily efforts, being mindful of daily attendance working to maximize all available in-class instructional time.

Parents, now is the time to act! Some of you may receive a phone call from me this week as it relates to your student having one or more unsatisfactory grades. In our effort to assist your student with additional support, all instructional classroom staff offer tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:20pm until 2:40pm and additional tutoring hours are extended via our cafeteria from 2:45pm until 4:30pm. Students are fed via our OCPS, "Supper Program" and have access to OCPS transportation on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Veteran's Day falls on the second Monday in November this year. If you know someone who has served in the military or pass someone wearing the uniform this week, please take a quick moment to thank them for their service. As Americans, we owe the members of our armed forces a tremendous debt of gratitude for their sacrifice and service. Next week, the senior class will be honoring our service men and women on Veteran's Day, November 11th at the flagpole directly after school. It is also my pleasure to recognize and thank each of our members of the faculty that also have served our country. We look forward to honoring you and demonstrating appreciation for your service!

With Trojan Pride,

Rolando Bailey

Pictured very top: Evans fall orchestra performance.

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In this Issue  
Content (click for that section)

Veterans Day
Trojan Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight
Teacher of the Month
Staff Happenings
Class of 2020
Trojan Athletics
HUB Happenings
Dates to Watch For

Nov. 8: Green & White Basketball Game, 7PM 
Nov. 11: Veterans Day
Nov. 11: Last Day of Thanksgiving Donations (Please see HUB below).  
Nov. 11: PTSA/SAC Meeting, 5:30-7 PM  
Nov. 15: Picture Day  
Nov. 20: FAFSA Night, 4-7 PM 
Nov. 21: Teach-In  
Veteran's Dayveterans
Meet Evans' veterans! Thank you for your service! 
We will be celebrating our Trojans who have also served and/or currently serve in the military and armed forces. We will be having a celebration on Veteran's Day that honors our staff, but we wanted to extend our sincerest gratitude as we feature them in this issue.  
Ms. Mathews, U.S. Navy (History)
Ms. Lesia Mathews served in the United States Navy from 1981 - 2001 with an AK1 - E-6 rank. Her responsibilities included Operations Target Management  (Smallest budget $400,000 - Largest Budget $25,000,000). She supported Operation Desert Storm, helped to support recovery of the wreckage from the Space Shuttle Challenger and was part of the Operation Deep Freeze Joint Task Force with NATO - McMurdo Station Antarctica. She enjoyed the camaraderie and establishing relationships that she still values today.

Ms. Mathews served in the United States Navy for 20 years. She now teaches history at Evans High School.  
Above from the U.S. Navy website: 191027-N-KP021-0721 PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 27, 2019) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Akizuki-class destroyer JS Fuyuzuki (DD 118) are underway in formation while conducting a bilateral exercise. Ronald Reagan and Chancellorsville and forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Codie L. Soule/Released)    
Mr. Wotton, U.S. Army Reserves (History)
Mr. Derek Wotton, is currently still active in the U.S. Army Reserves as a specialist. He is part of the 31 Bravo Military Police and has had one deployment. He most enjoys training and getting deployed.

Mr. Wotton's father, David, was also a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1978-1983. His responsibilities included Combat Engineer, Ranger, Airborne/Air-Assault (which both were part of the same thing at the time). He mostly enjoyed training and time with others in the field.  

Mr. McMillan, U.S. Navy (NJROTC) 
LDCR Shannon McMillan is a retired US Navy veteran who currently teaches in our NJROTC department. He served from 1984 until 2016 as a Lieutenant Commander with responsibilities in Ballistic Missile Defense of South Eastern Europe. He has been active in every war since Desert Shield and Desert Storm including, Iraqi, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Syria. He enjoyed experiencing many different cultures and understanding that we are more alike than we are different.

Ms. Joyce Laster-Reedom, U.S. Navy (NJROTC) 
Petty Officer Joyce Laster-Reedom is retired from the US Navy. She served from 1985-2005 as an E6. She performed administrative duties as the Leading Petty Officer in Charge. Duties and responsibility entailed the management of the command's central offices which involved preparing incoming and outgoing documents for routing, corrections, mailing and distribution. Assumed the duties as one of the command's Security Manager analyzing and processing paperwork for clearances leading up to Top Secret. Served as a Legal clerk preparing documents and forms for legal proceedings. Qualified as  the command's Drug and Alcohol Advisor working with the Sailors to determine the best form of treatments to provide effective preferred outcomes. Performed additional duties as a Urinalysis Coordinator, President of the Morale and Welfare Committee, President of the First Class Petty Officer Association and as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate for the City of San Diego. Though never deployed, she enjoyed the camaraderie, the paychecks, complexities of different jobs and being a leader as well as the responsibilities they bring with it; plus the opportunity to retire at an early age with payments and benefits for LIFE. Now supporting our NJORTC students in their goals, she says that if she was 18, she would do it again. GO NAVY!!  

Mr. Dancy, U.S. Marine Corps (NJROTC)
Master Gunnary Sergeant Thackery Dancy served in the Marines from 1982 until 2012. He was teh II MEF Postal Chief responsible for mail services East Coast and Theatre of Operations. He served in Iraq from 2004-2005 and in Afghanistan from 2009-2010. He enjoyed traveling, meeting people and the endless opportunities provided to him. He currently works without NJROTC students in getting the next generation prepared to serve.  
Trojan Student Spotlighttrojanspotlight   
Student Roundtable #2 with Principal Bailey 
The second student roundtable was held with Principal Bailey this month. Students were led in discussion by student leaders, Damian Britton and Stephanie Brown, about their community, changes they would like to see and what actions are needed to make those changes. Both of these leaders will share this information at the Superintendent's Student Roundtable.

Students of the Month 
Our students of the month were recognized, as voted by their teachers and peers. Congrats to Dortazia Charles (12th grade), Jayanna Gentles (11th grade), Magdalene Peasah (10th grade), Oreanna Jones (9th grade). 

Harvard is in the Sights for One Trojan 
Evon Thompson, a senior, is looking toward the Ivy League. He had his admissions interview with Harvard. Evon is an Elevation Scholar and heavily involved in campus life. He is president of the Community School Student Leadership Council.

Being an Elevation Scholar has afforded him an opportunity to have a college consultant, test prep, and more to assist these high achieving students to be selected into the nation's top universities. We look forward to hearing how the interview went! For more information on Elevation Scholars, please click the link below:

Evon outside of the admissions office at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts 
Trojan Teacher Spotlightteacherspotlight    
Ms. Madeline Lopez, Chemistry  
Ms. Lopez leads a discussion on properties of ionic compounds with her chemistry students 
Q: Where did you attend college?
A: University of Central Florida; Fashion Institute of Technology- SUNY

Q: What is your degree in?
A: B.S. Health Sciences: Sports Medicine; B.S. Marketing: Textile Development; M.Ed. - Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership (in progress) and a Graduate Certificate: Instructional Design for Simulations (in progress).

Q: What do you like to do outside of school?
A: Spending time with family: husband, 12 and 14 year old daughters, and 3 dogs. I enjoy running, swimming, yoga, paddle boarding, and spend time training for triathlons and races.

Q: What do you like most about working at Evans/being a Trojan?
A: Sense of community from faculty and staff. Seeing the growth in learning from my students.

Teacher of the Monthtom  
Mr. Donald White, ESE   
Our Teacher of the Month is Mr. White! Mr. White teaches our ESE students and is always smiling. Voted on by colleagues and students, we extend our congratulations to Mr. White for the great work he is doing in his classroom on a daily basis.    
Evans Staff Happeningsevansstaffhappenings   
SAFE Office: Get, Grab, and Go! 
Teachers and staff were invited to meet our new social work interns and see what's new in the SAFE office, as well as grab some treats to go! Great conversation was had as well as introductions were made to continue supporting our students in their academics and their personal lives.

* Student Assistance and Family Empowerment program (SAFE)

New Teacher Visit with Mr. Bixler 
Wednesday, October 30th, Mr. Bixler, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Digital Learning, came out to express his gratitude for our new to OCPS teachers! Each teacher received a portable charger as well as our sincerest thanks for choosing Evans High School.

AVID College Panel 
Our first AVID panel occurred on Friday, November 1st where students were able to ask questions of faculty and staff regarding their personal college experiences. One of our dual enrollment students even sat in to answer some questions. The next panel in December will include insights from college students who are Trojan alumni.

Death Itself  
Our Performing Arts department continued to shine in the latest performance of "Death Himself" during the last week of October. Students, staff, and parents were able to attend yet another fantastic performance. Congratulations to Ms. Montes and her thespian students!

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
Upcoming College Visits to Evans High School
The colleges and universities that will be visiting Evans High School are listed on the following student link - 
College Week at Evans High School (Starts Nov. 18)
11/18/19 - 11/22/19  
This special event is being brought to you by the Senior Class and AVID.   
College Applications  
The EARLY DECISION Common App Deadline for most schools was 11/1/19. You can still apply to most schools for the REGULAR DECISION. Please continue to work on your Common/Coalition or university/university system specific application(s). You can come to the College & Career Resource Center to get help with your applications!
Financial Aid Night / FAFSA Night (Nov. 20)
We will have another FAFSA Night sponsored by Columbia College on Wednesday, 11/20/19.  You will be able to receive help with completing your FAFSA,  4pm - 7pm.  We will have dinner provided for us by Columbia College.

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, 10,1 7. Be sure to have completed your admissions application to Valencia prior to attending the Bridges session. See Mrs. Benefiel for details.

A large portion of scholarship money comes directly from colleges and 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 and applications - student link - 
Class of 2020Classof2020  
Get a Senior shirt to represent your class! Green on Black - $15/Black on Green - $12
Order at Pay online at or Dr. Mitchell in room 6-112.   
Trojan AthleticsTrojanathletics  
Cross Country Headed to Regional Tournament in Gainesville  
The Trojan Cross Country team is headed to Santa Fe Community College to compete in the Cross Country Regional Tournament. Runners Alisha Boyer, Queen Boyer, Kemaj Moore, Amenda Saint Louis, Jahnile Registre, Lindsey Pierre, Mariama Kamara and Caleb Vitalus look forward to competing and representing Evans well.

The girls team finished 5th in district which automatically qualified the team for this competition. Caleb is our only male runner who ran a personal best in districts ranking him among the top 30 runners and securing his regional appearance.

Wrestling Tryouts
Girls and Boys wrestling are always looking for additional athletes. If you are interested, please contact Coach Vernon or Coach Blakeney. 
HUB Happeningshubhappenings   
Parent Engagement - Nov. 11th is PTSA at 5:30pm to 7:30pm. All attendees will be entered into a raffle to receive a prize!

Thanksgiving Assistance - We are trying to raise $1,000 and are asking for monetary donations to provide $50 gift cards to families who do not have the resources to prepare a hot meal. This gift card will allow them to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at a restaurant of their choice.  
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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