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Yellow Jacket Sports (October 18 – October 24)

10/22 Varsity Football vs. Airline @ Airline High School | 7:00 PM


Congrats – Our Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Emily Maier!  Congratulations, Emily!  We are very proud of you, and we know you will do well! 

Seniors and Senior Parents2022 Student of the Year Guidelines and Selection Procedures for Caddo Parish: CLICK HERE for more info and guidelines

Character Education Week – Color the World with Character – Deadline TODAY

“BEAT SHREVE” GAME DAY SHIRT! Deadline is Monday! https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/17451


Boys Soccer – Tryouts will be on Monday, October 25, at Byrd at 6:30 pm and on Tuesday, October 26, at Cargill Field 13 at 6:30 pm.

Key Club will have a meeting next Tuesday, October 26, at 7:00 pm in the Learning Center.  Be there or be square!

Girls Soccer – Come be a part of the Byrd Girls Soccer program. Physicals and documentation must be completed by
October 18 to be able to try out. Amy questions please Contact Coach Lev at lmlevermann@caddoschools.org. Tryouts
are Monday, October 25, at Cargill 6-8 on field 2; Tuesday, October 26 at Byrd 6-8, and Wednesday, October 27 at Byrd 6-8. Teams announced on Friday, October 29 after school in the Soccer locker room.

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

Youth and Government will meet Wednesday, October 27, at 7:40 am in the Learning Center.  We will be debating a special Halloween bill!  Remember, you have regular attendance to remain in good standing.

Bowling – There will be an interest meeting before school on Wednesday, October 27, in Room 325.

Students – For a $10 donation, you will be entered in a chance to WIN 4 LSU vs Arkansas Football tickets and a parking pass to the game on November 13?  Contact ByrdLacrosse@gmail.com to get your tickets or visit the Events and Raffle tab on ByrdLacrosse.Square.Site to purchase tickets online. Seats are West Section 104/Parking Pass is Section 404. Winner will be announced at halftime of the Byrd vs Shreve Football Game on Thursday, October 28.

Students enrolled in fall Dual Enrollment courses – The deadline to drop a course is Friday, October 29. Any student with a C or below is encouraged to drop the dual enrollment course so that it does not negatively impact your college grade point average or TOPS eligibility. Students must pick up a status change form from the Counseling Office and return by the end of the day on October 29. See your counselor if you have any questions.

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.

Boys Basketball – There will be another tryout session on Friday, November 5, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

Dual enrollment applications for the 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.

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


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 Members – Since we are unable to host Community Christmas this year, all of the clubs are donating items to make holiday bags for 500 kindergarteners in our area.  Astra Club is going to donate holiday books for the bags.  These should be paperback books about snowmen, gingerbread, Rudolph, Santa, etc., that can be for a boy or a girl.  Please do not bring any books that are specifically for a girl or boy.  These are due by Monday, November 15, to Mrs. Prothro.  Each member is asked to bring 2 books.  Do not wrap or label them in any way.  Each book will count as one hour. Also, each member needs to come by Mrs. Prothro’s office, and vote how to spend our dues.  The forms will be in the green container on my desk.  Just complete it, and place it in the container for the completed forms.


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