The Trojan EXPRESS!  
Your Community Brief from Evans High School
Monday, March 30, 2020     
During this time away, I hope you are all staying safe and well. Know that we are still thinking of you and we miss each of you terribly. We will do all we can to continue to provide information and support students until school resumes.

The transition to online learning that our teachers and staff have made is significant. I am incredibly proud of how swiftly teachers have adjusted their plans to assist you in working from home. We continue to make improvements in this area to ensure our teachers have the training and tools they need to effectively maximize lessons for students. We thank you for your patience.

As we continue to embark on a full online learning platform, our teachers are ready to work with you. Parents and students, we need your support with logging into Canvas daily. Attendance and completing assignments that contribute to your 4th quarter grades is essential. Teachers will continue to make contact with you throughout the week as a means to ensure that you are ready for online learning, which begins Monday, March 30th. In the event that you have questions, please feel free to contact the school between 9:30am-1:30pm to schedule an appointment to come to the school.

If you are without a device, in need of wifi, or need your device to be fixed, please call the school to make an appointment. You will access your courses through Canvas just as you have previously done. Progress checks will be done weekly to ensure that you are staying on top of your work.

Teachers will be available for questions and virtual office hours based on the following schedule. If there is a teacher who has a change in his/her schedule, they will be in contact with you either by phone or through Canvas.

Grades will continue to be logged by teachers in your courses throughout the time that we are involved in Distance Learning.

Report cards are scheduled to be distributed March 30th on Skyward Family Access (visit for steps to access Skyward Family Access) and you can view through your student skyward account.

Attendance is an expectation for the 4th quarter in regards to completing all activities and assignments put out by your teachers in all 7 classes.

Our message as a school has always been Pride, Determination and Perseverance. During these challenging times, now more than ever these pillars are important to exhibit. Students, take pride in your work, your school and your community. Be determined to reach your academic goals for the 4th quarter and perseverance through this time of uncertainty. I know that you can do it!

Thank you and, as always, go Trojans!

With Trojan Pride,

Rolando Bailey

Pictured very top: Families drive-up to receive their Grab-and-Go meals during the first week of distribution. These free meals are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays (new hours; please see story below).

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Dates to Watch For

3/30: Distance Learning begins
3/30: 3rd Quarter Report Cards online through Skyward Family Access
3/30: Online Parent Seminar
4/02: Online Parent Seminar
4/15: Regular classes resume  

Trojan Teacher Spotlightteacherspotlight
This is just one of many ways that teachers have been preparing to 'see' students once distance learning begins on Monday, March 30th.
Good morning Trojans,
I realize we are experiencing some rough times at the moment; however, we must strive to complete the task at hand. With that said, I want you to focus on completing your assignments toward graduation and finalize your opportunities toward new beginnings in life. I was glad that we had the opportunity to meet prior to Spring break and now that we are experiencing Distance Learning, I want you to know that I will be with you every step of the way. Work diligently on full completion, then move to the next assignment as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me through Canvas or from your student email address.  
~ Ms. Bellamy
Adjusted OCPS Hours & Up to Date Informationuptodateinfo    
Adjusted Hours of Operation
All OCPS buildings and schools have adjusted hours from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please follow the link for the latest information.

Should you need to make contact with the schools, such as technology support, please call the school to make an appointment at (407) 522-3400.

Grab-and-Go Food Distribution
Grab-and-Go meals will be available for pick-up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the car loop of each school site. Students must be present to receive the meals. District staff will distribute the meals directly to those in their vehicle (drive-thru service). Meals will be given directly to any students walking and/or riding a bike. Based on recommendations from our federal and state leaders, all meals should be taken home to eat.

We kicked off the food distribution last week with two very special visitors, Orange County Sheriff Mina and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Jenkins greeted parents while they were in line to receive food.

Prom and Grad Bash Cancellationscancellations      
We regret to inform you that at this time we have been informed that all OCPS Proms and Grad Bash events have been cancelled. The procedures for refunds will be provided soon. Any questions, please contact Ms. Green.

Distance Learningdistancelearning  
Teacher-facilitated Distance Learning begins this Monday, March 30
OCPS has just finished a short video for parents & guardians that will help them understand Distance Learning. It is very well done and answers a lot of questions in under 4 minutes (link below). Worth a look Sunday or Monday!!!

If you click on this map there is another link where you can see how the coronavirus has impacted schools around the globe by day. We are fortunate here in that Orange County Public Schools rolls out distance learning on Monday until the health risk has passed (many of the countries on this map do not have this learning opportunity for their children). We know our Trojans will be successful with the process until classes resume later in April.
Evans community footnote: We are not alone in Orange County or Florida. The map above shows the scale of the educational disruption with governments all over the world ordering learners to stay at home in a bid to slow the spread of the disease. As of March 23, 2020, 138 countries had ordered national school closures while others had localized closures.
AP Informationapinfo  

Virtual HUB and Resourcesvirtualhubandresources    

The HUB continues to gather resources for students and families through the Virtual HUB. Please visit for the most up to date list of resources.

Orange County Support
Below you will find a link to the Orange County Government website which provides a list of resources that our families in need can use at this time.

Free WiFi Services
Charter announced that beginning March 23rd it would offer free broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to families with K-12 or college students who do not already have a Spectrum subscription. The company is also waiving their installation fees for new subscribers - details and more info.

To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395

Monday's Motivational Moment!mmm  

CORONAVIRUS... an Acronym?

This has been an isolating and stressful couple of weeks for many of our Trojan families and students. This week we begin Distance Learning which for students in Orange County is really a blessing as ours are among the fortunate ones that have the opportunity out of 1.4 billion students staying at home world-wide (please see the map above). But for one moment we ask you to consider the word CORONAVIRUS as more of an acronym for the week ahead. Here's one such example:

CHERISH: When something important is taken away from you, how much more important to you does it suddenly become? There's no doubt that something we love is missing and there's a sting to all of us. Some far greater than others. But if you're fortunate enough to have what you cherish most still around - even if it's not available at the moment - how much more will you cherish it when it returns?

OBSERVANT: How many times have you found yourself looking at something in your everyday life in a new way? Maybe it's the way your daughter laughs with a friend playing in the yard or on the front porch; something you don't normally see because you're typically still away at work during that time. Or those little sayings your significant other has during work-related phone calls that you've never heard them use before?

RESPONSIBILITY: That word could be used for so many people throughout the entire world in these trying times. Some do it better than others, of course. How can we each do our part a little better each day?

OPPORTUNISTIC: Businesses that can still remain open are finding new ways to achieve results, and the hope is that those that are closed will do the same. One uplifting example: car dealerships! Were you aware that they have finally figured out that the entire process of the sale can be done online, and they can deliver the vehicle to your driveway? Who knew!

NATION: Sure, you'll see the usual divisions along political lines. But even those have lessened over these last few weeks. We all have a common goal for the first time since probably September 12, 2001. This battle has brought us closer together, even if it's physically keeping us apart.

APPRECIATION: Nurses and doctors. Volunteers and teachers. Grocery store cashiers and restaurant employees. Front-liners and first responders. Entire businesses that have completely changed what they do to support the cause and researchers fighting to fix this problem. They all need a show of appreciation. And I want you to know, too, that I appreciate you!  We will need your support this week with the rollout of Distance Learning on Monday.

VIRTUAL: Like the car dealerships changing the way they do business... how many of you have participated in a Zoom call or a Google Hangout in the last few days? Our world is changing, and there are many benefits to this way of making business happen!

IMPROVISE: New ways to entertain and teach kids at home. New ways to effectively use time, plan meals, get exercise sessions in, and to grow relationships between significant others. There have been plenty of opportunities to find a brand-new way to achieve a goal presented to us recently.

REFLECTION: Has this pause in our lives given you the space needed to take stock in where you are in life right now? Are you on track for your goals and dreams, or do you find yourself drifting yet again? Don't think of this as a chance to do another New Year's resolution, but rather a chance to reset and build a stronger foundation through challenging yourself to stack one well-executed day on top of another!

UNSELFISH: Wash your hands. Don't touch your face. Stay six feet apart. Flatten the curve. We've all heard these terms endlessly, but they all boil down to taking care of each other. To do that, we all need to be unselfish.

SMILE: We will get through this. We will. The more we help each other, the more we can look back on this and know that everything that was possible to get each other through this, we did.

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The goal with this week's motivational moment is that we always remain hopeful and in search of ways to fight this battle with a great deal of resolve; perhaps even enthusiasm. Remain focused Trojans and take advantage of Distance Learning until we return to normal hopefully on April 15. For today, I also challenge you to create your own acronym!

Be well and remember, you have what it takes to be successful with Distance Learning for now. You will succeed!

Mr. Bailey, Principal 
Evans High School 
Sunday, March 29, 2020
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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