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Parents – If you received a letter stating your child needs a vaccination, please get it taken care of as soon as possible.  Your child can attend school while you are waiting to take care of this.

Students – Do you love being on the water and snagging a big bass?  Then join our Fishing Team by contacting Brad Kent at 318-393-1312 for more information.  You must have access to a boat, boat captain, and a partner.  Deadline to register is TODAY.

Students – Don’t forget to buy your Butter Braid pastries by TODAY. You can find the link to order on the Byrd Drama website byrddrama.weebly.com.

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 4pm, TODAY.

Students – Key Club will be hosting its first movie night TONIGHT, on the hill behind the science building.  They will be showing the movie “Rush Hour”. Admission is free and open to everyone. The movie will start at 7:00 pm. Be sure to bring your favorite movie snacks and a blanket to lay on!

The Allied Health Education and Discovery (AHEAD) Program is a 5-day summer program for Louisiana high school students interested in exploring the health career programs offered at LSU Health Shreveport – School of Allied Health Professions: Medical Laboratory Scientist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant, Public Health Professional, Respiratory Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist. Apply today at www.lsuhs.edu/AHEAD! Applications are due March 15, 2022. For more information, please contact: Madeline Barclay, MPH at madeline.barclay@lsuhs.edu

Volunteer Opportunities – Help needed to pass out lunch boxes to the homeless downtown. CLICK HERE for more info

Senior Panoramic Picture – Monday, October 18 at 10:00 am. CLICK HERE for more info.


Girls Basketball tryouts will be held on MONDAY in the big gym from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.

College VisitsBaylor MONDAY.

Boys Basketball tryouts for all grades will be on MONDAY from 7-8:30 PM in the main gym. Wear basketball shoes and attire.

Fishing Team – There will be an informational meeting for the Byrd Fishing Team on Tuesday, October 19 at 6PM in room T-10. Important information will be covered regarding membership dues and requirements to be a member of the team. Please contact Coach Leone if you have any questions – rwleone@caddoschools.org

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.

Everyone is invited to our 2nd Annual Halloween movie night on October 26 at 7:00! This year, we will project the movie onto our big screen on the centerfield wall! We will be showing Ghostbusters! Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy popcorn and soda sold in our concession stand! Buy your tickets here https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/17007

NSU Applications – October is free application month at Northwestern State University.  All students must do is select ‘pay later’ when prompted to choose a payment option upon completion of the application. Unfortunately, if a student has either already paid or applied before this month, this will not apply to them. However, with the Early Bird Scholarship deadline approaching (October 31), this would be a great opportunity to go ahead and apply at no cost to the student. The Early Bird Scholarship deadline is for students who meet the criteria for academic scholarships which is a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and at least a 20 on the ACT.

Prudential Emerging Visionaries awards – Now through November 4, applications are being accepted from young leaders, ages 14-18, who bring powerful vision and real change to financial and societal challenges. Those selected may qualify for up to $15,000 in awards, an all-expenses-paid trip with their parent or guardian to Prudential headquarters — as well as coaching and skills development to help take their innovation to the next level. To learn more about Prudential Emerging Visionaries, student eligibility, and more, please visit www.prudential.com/emergingvisionaries

College VisitsNSU November 4

Sophomores – Are you interested in furthering your leadership skills?  See Mrs. Prothro in office 125 to gather information and to apply to attend HOBY Youth Leadership Seminar.  The deadline to apply is Friday, November 5. CLICK HERE for more info.

Dual enrollment – Applications for winter quarter at Louisiana Tech University are now available. This registration is only for students who did not complete a dual enrollment application in August. Students enrolled in the following courses, who did not apply in August, can register for dual enrollment: English III Honors, GT – Waxham, Smith; English IV EGT – Williams, Waxham, Smith; AP European History – Lary; AP US History- Rowe. Those students who have never applied for dual credit at Louisiana Tech will need to complete the online application at  https://secure.latech.edu/admissions/dualenrapplynow/  Those students who are currently enrolled in a course at Tech and want to add a course will need to see Mrs. Byrd or Mrs. Lacy in the counseling office for a separate application.  Students must complete the application process by Friday, November 5. Byrd will pay for one dual enrollment course per quarter. Students must pay the $20 application fee and $30 English packet fee (if applicable). If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Byrd at asbyrd@caddoschools.org or Tamiko Lacy at tslacy@caddoschools.org

ASVAB – If you would like your child to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test (ASVAB), please let me know by November 8. We are offering this to all 11th graders, and any 12th graders who indicate that they are interested. The test will be given on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, in the Learning Center.  Please encourage your students to sign up. This is a great way for them to find out what will most benefit them when they graduate from high school.  This does not mean they are going into the military. This is the only time this test will be offered at Byrd this year.   If you have any questions, please call me at 364-5455 or email me at MProthro@caddoschools.org.

Please help us honor our Veterans on National Wreaths Across America Day. December 18 at 11:00 am at the Greenwood Cemetery located at 130 E. Stoner Ave. We’d love to have all of CE Byrd join us for the ceremony. Here is the WAA Web address: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org You can also just Goggle: Wreaths Across America 2021 for lots of interesting information.

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

Girl Up is one of our newest service clubs on campus. Our membership drive begins this week and there is no cost to join. Scan the QR code in the hall to sign up.  Any questions contact Mrs. Levermann in the girls PE office.

Wrestling – We need all sizes and shapes ASAP.  Do you play another sport and want to get better?  The only sport that matches competitors of the same size?  Did you know there are scholarships just waiting to be filled across the nation? Wrestling is hard work but rewarding and actually one of the safest sports around. Our weight classes are less than 106 lbs, 112, 120, 126 ,132, 145, 152, 160, 170, 180, 195, 220, and 285 lbs. As you can see it’s all sizes!  With 14 starters!  Please complete the sports registration.  This is required by LHSAA and a physical to be able to start.  If you are interested or have questions please reach out to us via byrdwrestling@gmail.com or Coach Wells at 318-393-8988 or Coach Yawn at 318-426-3569.  Practice will be starting soon so get your paperwork done and let us know you are interested.

Gayarre 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.

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

Track – Are you interested in being on our amazing team?  See Coach Tate for registration information.

Ring Staff list has been posted outside the main office and Room S105.  If you are on the list please see Dr. White as soon as possible in Room S105.

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. Character Education Week – Color the World with Character – October 22nd
  2. Red Ribbon Week – Drug Free Looks Like Me – October 29th
  3. Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – STOMP Our Bullying – November 12th
  4. 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.

Americanism Essay Contest For Grades 7 to 12 – CLICK HERE for more info

Volunteer Opportunities:

Astra Club Officers – Mrs. Prothro needs your help with a small project for Halloween.  Come by to see her when you get a chance.


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