The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Monday, August 19, 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.

A Successful Open to 2019-2020 
Week one of the 2019-2020 school year is in the history books and it was a great one! This past week, we hosted our grade level meetings to discuss with students the importance of committing to their own success - in the classroom, on the field, on the court, in the pool, on stage, in competition, and socially among their peers. It is extremely important for our Trojans to set goals for grades, attendance and test scores, and work hard to attain those goals with a positive and driven approach. Parents, our team of teachers, administrators and support staff are here to ensure all students succeed at Evans!

Three Key Areas to Success 
An important key to our success during the first week of school was to focus on three critical areas: building a rapport with the students, establishing rules and expectations, and motivating students to learn. Last week our teachers were developing positive working relationships with their students using various "ice breaker" activities. Teachers have also been reviewing the OCPS Code of Student Conduct, and we practiced our first fire drill. These rules and protocols established ground rules to ensure student respect for each other and safety for all.

Class Leveling/Changes
Over the next 2 weeks, our guidance services department will began making adjustment to some classes where the student /teacher ratio is too high for optimal student outcomes.  In the event that your students is impacted, you will be contacted by a member of the guidance service team. We have also begun processing class change request forms. We kindly ask for parent and student patience during this time as our guidance team has to thoroughly review each schedule change ensuring such requests do not conflict with  graduation requirements and meets our criteria.

School Website Update
In the coming days and weeks, our digital support staff will begin updating our school website. In addition, we will include an updated teacher e-mail list, guidance counselor and administrative dean alpha responsibilities administrative. Please check it regularly for important information from guidance to sports and school events. Our website address is or contact Mr. Eric Saxon for questions or suggestions at  
Amnesty Day Seat Time Recovery
A growing body of research is revealing a correlation of absenteeism and its critical role in student achievement. Research is also showing that absenteeism can be addressed when school districts and communities work together to monitor the problem and implement solutions that address the underlying causes. Evans High School is taking an active role in promoting and enforcing attendance as a means of improving student performance. Pursuant to Florida Statute 1003.26 Enforcement of School Attendance, Evans High School is implementing Amnesty Day Seat Time Recovery Program. This program will allow students the opportunity to comply with state requirements to recover missed seat time due to poor attendance.

Amnesty Seat Time Recovery is based upon seat time missed in a single class period. For every five (5) hours missed in any single class period a student will be required to recover their missed seat time in that class, by  attending one (1) day of Amnesty Seat Time Recovery.  

The threshold for recovery begins at 5 hours of missed seat time in a single class period and increases.
Amnesty Day Seat Time Recovery 
Seat Time Hours Missed 
(in a single class) 
 5   1
 6 to 10   2
 11 to 15 
 16 to 20   4
Amnesty Day Opportunities 
Wednesday  Saturday  Progress
Quarter 1  9/4  9/7  9/12   
  10/9  10/12    10/17 
Quarter 2  11/6  11/9  11/14   
Saturday  Progress
Quarter 3  2/5  2/8  2/13   
  3/11  3/7    3/13 
Quarter 4  4/15  4/18  4/23   
** Please note that dates are subject to change in accordance with the school calendar  
Administrative Team
Finally, I would like to introduce our 2019-2020 administrative team. We are here to support both the students and the Trojan staff.   
Back Row: Barbara Verity, Eric Saxon, Venusha Moodley Thompson, Gregory Thompson, Lataniah Smith, John Harrell, Phillipe Castel, Michael Kilpatrick, NzInga Green, Demond Walker, Mikel Whiting Middle Row: Iris Woodard, Keila Porter, Tamara Birdsong, Donna Benefiel, Laura Schomberg, Tasmaria Brown Harris, David Berardi, Megan Mortier, Pattie Smith, Tramaine Curtis, Jasmine Morgan Graham, Bria Williams, Alecia Sharpe Front Row: Margo Harbin, Kenya Nelson-Warren, Curtesa Vanderpool, Rolando Bailey, Clarence Truitt, Heather Kreider, Esther Hodge 

With Trojan Pride,

Rolando Bailey

Pictured very top: The HUB hosted the annual Evans Prayer Walk on August 10th. Multiple churches in the Pine Hills area participated in this collaborative effort.

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In this Issue  
Content (click for that section)

Rigor in the Classroom
Student Spotlight
Guidance Corner
College and Career Corner
Class of 2020
Trojan Athletics
HUB Happenings
Dates to Watch For

Aug. 21-23: Senior Portraits 
Aug. 23: Football at Home vs. Freedom
Sept. 2: Labor Day Holiday  
Sept. 9: PTSA/SAC Meeting, 5:30-7:30 PM  
Sept. 12: Progress Reports 
Oct. 1: OPEN HOUSE, 6:30-8 PM   
Oct. 17: Report Cards 
Rigor in the Classroomrigor 

Ms. Shacoya Williams, 12th grade Critical Thinking teacher,  started her year by having the students reflect on their last three years of being a Trojan as well as building on the great services that we have here at Evans. As our cheerleaders say, "You Can't Do What Trojans Do!"

Students mentioned great experiences like service projects with the Mayor, voting booths on campus to help learn about elections, and even the services provided by the HUB. Trojan Pride was evident in that classroom!


JROTC Cadets focused on team building during Week #1

The first week of school centered around team building in a variety of classes in order to create and maintain a safe learning environment. JROTC, led by Commander McMillan, used teamwork and patience to pass the ball all the way down the line (above). The teams were great at motivating each other and using their strengths on their own team to get ahead of the other team with each pass. AVID team building activity required teams to build the tallest spaghetti marshmallow tower but little did they know Mr. Chandler planted a saboteur in their group so they had to overcome the barriers thrown their way!

Student Spotlightstudentspotlight 
This past summer, Evans High students Hussen Premier, Shelley Bercy, Jwanya Jackson, Alayzia Bell, Inam Khan, and Elijah Reynold participated in Code Orlando, sponsored by Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon and the Gordon Family Giving Back Foundation.
Code Orlando is a hands-on Science Technology Engineering & Math program that allows students to explore various branches of modern technology and learn how they can be future innovators in our City of Orlando. From July 8th until August 2nd our students were introduced to robotics, game and app coding, aerospace engineering and learned how big data is changing our world from sports to medicine. They worked hands-on with the Orlando technology community, University labs, and completed projects with a small group of students from various schools.  

Seven companies and organizations exposed them how to design, develop and deploy modern technology that would assist them with their team projects and showcase their projects at Full Sail University. Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic actively participated, helping students with life skills such as public speaking, mindfulness and healthy living. Mentors from local colleges and business spent time the students every day, coaching, teaching and leading.  
Each Evans High student in Code Orlando was awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship from the Gordon Family Giving Foundation. Additionally, two Evans High School students, Alayzia Bell and Inam Khan, were chosen from a pool of 31 students to be offered a 12-month internship position in the University of Central Florida's Peds Academy at Nemours Children's Hospital. There they will create, implement and improve 3-D modeling STEM lessons for pediatric patients and create mobile apps and educational videos for pediatric diseases or conditions!!!  
Thank you Aaron & Shelly Gordon for making this phenomenal experience happen for our students and taking it upon yourself to follow these students through college and provide such valuable and enriching resources and moments. A big shout out to Aaron Gordon as this was his inaugural group of kids to undergo his Code Orlando program.
Guidance Cornerguidancecorner2 
Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:25 to 2:45

Student Services Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Enrollments and Withdrawals: 7:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.   
*** Counselors are currently working on balancing classes and schedule change requests. Please check your student email for updates on schedules or changes. ***

College and Career Corner ccc
Annual Scholarship Pledge 
It is time again for our annual Scholarship Pledge. This will be our third year having the scholarship pledge and every year, it grows larger and we raise more funds for our students. This year, our goal is $100,000 and I know that together, we can do it! Please see the attached letter if you would like to make a pledge this year. Ms. Vanderpool looks forward to further connecting with you. Her contact information is  
2019-2020 Scholarship Pledge Letter and Info. (only a partial image below due to space) 
Class of 2020 Information classof2020
Senior Portraits 
Senior portraits are scheduled for August 21-23, Wednesday-Friday. Information will be forthcoming! Any questions, please contact Ms. Green, the Senior Class Sponsor.

Trojan Athletics trojanathletics

The first week brought a pep jam and the biggest rivalry game of the season!
Friday, August 16th, our Trojans took on the Jones Tigers at Evans field. To start they day, our cheerleaders, Green Machine, Dazzling Emeralds, SGA and football players hosted a pep jam for the school faculty.  
Check out all the action at the Pep Jam as captured from SGA last Friday!  

Evans vs. Jones (August 16, 2019)
Evans offers the following fall sports at the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels: Football, Girls Volleyball, Cross Country Track, Swimming and Golf. Tryouts began July 29. If you are interested in any of our fall sports teams, you can contact the respective coaches via email: 
* Football - Coach Vernon Mitchell (
* Bowling - Coach Michele Delaney (
* Cross Country Track - Coaches Patrecia Daniley and Sheree Carter ( ;
* Girls Volleyball -Coach Janell Goodwyn (
* Swimming -Coach Ashley Steadman (
* Boys and Girls Golf - Coach Shannon McMillan (

HUB Happeningshubhappenings   
While our Wellness Center is under renovations at Evans, please see options for those students who need physicals or other back to school wellness checks. Students and parents can contact Ms. Beausejour for assistance with making an appointment to be seen at any of these locations.

Orange Blossom Pediatrics 
Orange County Public Schools 
Academic Center for Excellence 
701 W. Livingston St. Bldg. #800 
(Corner of Parramore & Amelia St.) 
Orlando, Florida 32805 
Monday - Friday 
8:00am - 5:00pm

Ivey Lane Clinic (this office does not provide vaccinations) 
4426 Old Winter Garden Rd. 
Orlando, Florida 32811 
Monday - Friday 
8:00am - 5:00pm

South Orlando Clinic 
United Against Poverty 
150 W. Michigan Street  
Orlando, Florida 32805 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 
8:00am - 5:00pm

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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