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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


Students – If you would like to run for Class Officer, scan the QR code on Canvas or on the signs around campus. The deadline to sign up is TODAY! Please see Mrs. Castleman in S311 (or message her on Canvas) if you have any questions!

StudentsBeta Club applications are online.  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 TOMORROW.

Girls Soccer – Anyone interested in trying out for girl soccer there will be a mandatory Parent meeting Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30 pm in the learning center. This is a parent-only meeting due to COVID restrictions only 1 parent per player.  Mask must be worn.  Any questions please email Coach Levermann at lmlevermann@caddoschools.org

Scholarship – Willis-Knighton/Independence Bowl Foundation Scholarship application is available in the Counseling Office. The scholarship will be based on both academic achievement and community service. Students must have a 3.0 gpa, documented dedication to community service limited to junior and senior year, and plan to attend a four-year college.  One graduating senior in Caddo Parish will be awarded a $2500 scholarship. Applications must be turned in to Mrs. Byrd in the Counseling Office by 4 pm, Friday, October 15.

Job Opportunity – Kumon Math and Reading


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

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

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

Students – If you wish to join African American Studies scan the QR code around the school or stop by Mrs. Jones in Room 314. The first meeting will be on September 27  before school at 7:50 or after school at 4 in Room 314.

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

On Track Test Prep is hosting a Boot Camp for the October ACT in the Learning Center.  The date is Saturday, October 9 from 9:00 until 12:00.  Please call Mrs. Moss at 572-5507 to sign up.

Students – If you are interested in joining the Perspectives staff and being a part of publishing our school’s literary and art magazine, come pick up an application from Mrs. Maier in Room 203. Applications are due by October 13.

College VisitsUniversity of Arkansas October 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.

College VisitsLouisiana Honors College October 26.

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 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.

Juniors and Seniors – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is welcoming high school juniors and seniors to be a part of #CAP. The organization seeks to demystify the College Admissions Process for students. Virtual instruction will provide a hands-on approach that includes all of the steps from researching various colleges to completing the application process. Sessions are held the 1st Monday of each month via Zoom. Areas of Emphasis include ACT/SAT, Essay writing, HBCU information, Scholarships, Life skills & More. Requests to join should be submitted to akasro.cap@gmail.com

Seniors– If you are interested in attending one of America’s Service Academies (West Point, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, or Merchant Marine Academy), you should RSVP for the Virtual Service Academy Day. The Virtual Service Academy Day will be held Saturday, September 25 from 9-12. Information is available in the counseling office or the Class of 2022 Canvas page. CLICK HERE for flyer.

Students – The Arc Caddo-Bossier’s GREAT Program presents “An Equine Experience.”


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

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

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.