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Yellow Jacket Sports (September 13 – September 19)

9/20 Volleyball @ Loyola | 4:00 PM

9/21 Volleyball At Airline | 4:00 PM

9/24 Varsity Football vs. Haughton @ Haughton | 7:00 PM


Contest – “America: Where Do We Go From Here?”  – See Mrs. Prothro for an entry form if you are interested.  The deadline is October 22.

PSAT Participants – If you sign up online, please come by Mrs. Prothro’s office to pick up your study booklets.

Congratulations to the following are the students who won the Suicide Prevention Week Poster Contest “Finding Purpose: Taking Care of Ourselves and Others”: Catherine Briery, Caroline Carberry, Ally Geyer, and Sydney Moss. Their posters will go on to district competition.

VERY Important Senior Information – September 2021: CLICK HERE

ANNOUNCEMENT: All google classroom login information was reset.  If you/your student is locked out, please make sure they are following the pattern below. 

The student passwords will now mirror their Classlink password. For instance, Clark Kent, SID 123456, Birthday 01/03/2007 would now look like this:
Username: ck123456
Password: CK132007
Some students have reported losing files after the password update.  Please have the student email Lisa Johnson at lwjohnson@caddoschools.org She will request a retrieval of the old/missing files.

ANNOUNCEMENT: After the Labor Day weekend, Caddo Parish Schools and Ochsner LSU Health will begin COVID-19
testing in all Caddo Parish Schools. Tests are strictly voluntary! This particular test is a non-invasive test
that will be administered in the presence of trained personnel. CLICK HERE for a full letter from Mr. Badgley CLICK HERE for testing link. CLICK HERE to register for Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination.


Next week, is National Pancake Day! Celebrate with Byrd Softball on 9/18. CLICK HERE to place your order. Pancakes will be served hot and fresh, drive-thru style.

StudentsAUDITIONS for our fall play, Murder on the Orient Express will be September 14 and 15, at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. Stop by Mr. Williams’ Room (200 in the main building) for audition information.

Key Club Freshman admissions information has been posted outside Rooms 311, S307, and on Canvas. There will be a Key Club meeting next Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 pm in the Learning Center.

StudentsBeta Club applications are ready.  Go to https://forms.gle/KSqVPA2gg2b4x9kGA to complete the application online and then pay club dues at payforit.net. The deadline for applications and club dues is Friday, September 17.

StudentsStudent Council is hosting a Color War/Field Games on Friday, September 17 at 4:00 P.M. on the field behind the science building. This is a free event for all Byrd students; however, students MUST turn in a permission slip and wear goggles at the event. Permission slips are available on Canvas and must be turned in by September 15 to Mrs. Carberry in the main building (202) or Mrs. Smith in the science building (S307).

CE Byrd Men’s Soccer Interest Meeting – Interested in playing soccer this year? Come to our information meeting on Monday, September 20 at 6:00 pm in the Byrd Learning Center.  Due to capacity restrictions only one parent per player, please.  Masks will be required.

College VisitsLa Tech September 24

PSAT – The PSAT will be given at Byrd on Tuesday, October 26.  This is a College Board exam that gives 10th and 11th grade students an opportunity to check their progress towards college readiness.  It also provides practice for the SAT.  For 11th grade students, PSAT scores are used to screen for candidates for the National Merit Scholarship Program Competition.  Participation in PSAT testing is voluntary.  Students planning to test must register by paying the $17 test fee.  The deadline to pay the fee is Monday, September 27th.  Payment can be submitted online on PayForIt.net or to Marilyn Prothro in the counseling office.  There is no makeup for this exam.  The exam fee is non-refundable.

College VisitsCentenary September 28

StudentsIf you are interested in joining Drama Club, scan the QR code on the signs around the school or stop by Mr. Williams’ Room (200 in the main building). Deadline for joining in October 1.

College VisitsNSU October 5

College VisitsUniversity of Arkansas 10/20.

Seniors – Caddo Parish is hosting a College Career Fair at Centenary College on Thursday, October 21. College representatives from Louisiana and surrounding states will be in attendance. Please complete the google form found in your Canvas announcements. Once we know how many students are interested, we can request a time and send out permission slips. Transportation will be provided. This usually takes about one and a half hours during the school day.

Students – The Sigma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is preparing for our 2020-2021 Debutante season. The goal of our Debutante Cotillion and Scholarship Program is to enhance personal, civic, and leadership development through educational workshops while promoting community service and scholarship. This program is open to young ladies, currently enrolled in high school, who are anticipating graduation May 2021, and are planning to enroll in a post-secondary educational institution. This distinctive program is an experience that will remain in the hearts and minds of each young lady, as it creates an avenue for involvement in an array of cultural, academic, and social activities. To register, please email prospective debutante’s name, high school, parents’ names, mailing address, email address, and contact number to debsofsro@gmail.com. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Gloria Washington at 318-458-5625.

Art Club applications are outside B-7.  If you have any questions regarding Art Club, please ask Mrs. Cox or Anne Michelle Erwin.

Students – Kbyrd needs your questions for their newest weekly segment, “Tea Time with Katie and Mary.” Question boxes are located in front of the auditorium in the main building and in front of the KByrd room in S305! If you need advice or have a question that you want on next week’s episode, drop in one of the boxes!

Students – If you are looking for a sport that takes all sizes, shapes, body types regardless of experience or gender please contact Coach Yawn! We teach commitment and hard work and life skills in wrestling. Markyawn@comcast.net.

Students and Staff – Hey Jacket Family! Let’s Rep the city in style with “We Built This City” Back to School Byrd T-Shirt on local levels! Prices and delivery information are on the site. https://localevents.com/details16510

Students – Join us in helping save the planet! Pick up an application from any science teacher and join the Horticulture and Environmental Club.

StudentsAny student interested in joining the Byrd Swim team, please contact Coach Steve Carter at stephenrcarter@bellsouth.net or 318-572-9560.

Students 9-12 Grades – Any student who has 100 hours or more of volunteer service from March, 2021 to February 15, 2022, is eligible to receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.  These hours can be any service hours for any club, organization, church, or community activities.  Attached is a log you may use to keep up with your hours.  This does not replace the specific activities or volunteer opportunities required by the different clubs and organizations you participate in at Byrd; however, all of those activities can count toward this award given out in the spring of each year.  For more information, call Mrs. Prothro at 364-5455. CLICK HERE for log.

Astra Club – Everyone must Join Astra Club each year.  You may pay online or complete the application and pay in Mrs. Prothro’s office.  Attached is also our first service project which will be to make Christmas boxes for children in EL Salvador.  Also, please participate with your other clubs by bringing items for the hurricane victims.  Count those items as one hour per item. CLICK HERE for Astra Club Application. CLICK HERE for El Salvador Project.

Seniors – Transcripts are now available. Mrs. Byrd will provide you with a transcript during orientation which will take place through English classes. Public colleges in Louisiana automatically access your transcript through the State Transcript System. You do not have to request they be sent. If you apply to a college using the Common App, you do not have to request a transcript. You must request a transcript be sent for all other colleges. You must pay the $5 transcript fee on locallevelevents.com and complete the google form to indicate where you want your transcript mailed.

StudentsGayarre History Club is accepting members for the 2021-2022 school year. Click the QR code on the fliers around the school or join by completing the application on www.gayarre.org/join and paying the dues on payforit. This academic club hosts guest speakers and movie nights, works on archives and history of Byrd and the community, and hosts the annual Gayarre Conference. Two-year members can receive honor cords to wear at graduation.

Stamp Collecting Club – Please go to Room 204 for your Application and your Club Card to join our Stamp Collecting Club.   Our Club has absolutely no fee, and you do not have to be a Stamp Collector to join.  All are welcome!


Upcoming Deadlines:

The Security Department of Caddo Parish School System, Division of Mental Health, Wellness, and Safe Schools, is sponsoring several poster contests to highlight various prevention initiatives. CLICK HERE for information and entry form.

RULES: Students may enter all contests (one poster per contest limit per child.)  Poster size – 11”x14”; Judging criteria: Originality, Impact (The theme must be somewhere on the poster); Neatness

  1. Suicide Prevention Week – Finding Purpose: Taking Care of Ourselves and Others – DUE TOMORROW
  2. Mental Health Awareness Week – Together for Mental Health – October 7th
  3. National Diversity Week – Differences United – October 7th
  4. Character Education Week – Color the World with Character – October 22nd
  5. Red Ribbon Week – Drug Free Looks Like Me – October 29th
  6. Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – STOMP Our Bullying – November 12th
  7. Internet Safety Prevention Week – Do Your Part #Be Cyber Smart – December 10th

Volunteer Opportunities:

Teen Institute – CLICK HERE for info. Please email Mrs. Prothro if you are interested.  Only 5 students can attend so it will be first-come, first-serve.  This will look good on resumes and will be a great experience.  You may count it for volunteer hours, also.  Mrs. Prothro’s email is MProthro@caddoschools.org, and her phone number is 364-5455.

ScholarshipsCLICK HERE for the September 2021 Scholarship Newsletter. Here you will find 15 scholarships that Louisiana students are eligible to apply for with deadlines ranging from September 30 – November 30.


CLICK HERE for a full list of community service opportunities.
CLICK HERE for a full list of contests.
CLICK HERE for all scholarship opportunities.