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Yellow Jacket Sports (October 3 – October 9)

10/4  CE Byrd Volleyball Freshman, JV, and Varsity vs Benton @ Benton | 4, 5, 6 pm

10/6  CE Byrd Volleyball Freshman, JV, and Varsity vs Shreve @ Shreve | 4, 5, 6 pm

10/7  CE Byrd Football vs Haughton @ Lee Hedges | 7 pm

10/8  Boys and Girls Swim October Ruston High School Invitational @ Louisiana Tech Lambright Wellness Center, Ruston, LA | 9 AM

10/8  CE Byrd Volleyball Varsity – Natch Central Tri

New Today

KBYRD Episode: The One Where Byrd Blinds Benton CLICK HERE

College Visit – A representative from Southern University will be here TODAY during both lunch shifts by the café. 

Students – Thank you to all of our students who volunteered at the Red River Revel on Monday.  The chairman called and said that our group was amazing, and to let them all know how much they were appreciated!  Yay, Jackets!

Miles for Smiles – Does your child need to be seen by a dentist?  If so, we can help you with this process.  Miles for Smiles is willing to come to Byrd to treat your child.  All you need is Medicaid Insurance of Private Insurance and the completed attached forn.  The deadline to sign up is THURSDAY.  Email Mrs. Prothro at MProthro@caddoschools.org if you have any questions.  CLICK HERE for application.

GAYARRE HISTORY CLUB is accepting new and returning members through THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7. Click the QR codes around the school or visit www.gayarre.org/join to fill out your membership form and pay the $40 dues on payschools. Financial Assistance is available. Two-year members are eligible for graduation cord.
Be a part of one of the largest history clubs in the state and participate in National History Club activities!
Astra Club Officers – Remember that you need to bring 3 gender neutral coloring books, 3 gender neutral books for preschool age children, 3 small containers of bubbles by FRIDAY.

PSAT 2022 – The attached list of students will complete their answer sheets on Monday, October 24, in the Learning Center from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The same students will take the PSAT on Tuesday, October 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CLICK HERE for list.



Student of the Year – We are beginning the process of selecting our 2023 Student of the Year. The selection process and procedures for resolving issues and disputes related to the selection of candidates are attached. Please review this information and contact Amanda Byrd at asbyrd@caddoschools.org if you have any questions. CLICK HERE for Student of the Year Guidelines and Grievance Procedures

College Visits – Marines • October 21

College Visits – Xavier • October 24

College Visit – University of Arkansas • October 25

College Visits – Digital Media November 28

ACT Fee Waivers are available in the Counseling Office for juniors and seniors who meet the criteria for free/reduced lunch. Students are eligible for 4 fee waivers during their junior and senior years. When registering for the ACT with a fee waiver, students receive free ACT prep available through their ACT accounts. Please see your counselor if you have any questions.

Staff and StudentsSalads made from fresh lettuce grown in our own hydroponic lab will be on sale today during both lunch shifts. You can buy them in the hydroponics lab at Jack’s Landing. Large salads are $4 and small are $3.

SeniorsYou must complete one of the following financial aid steps IN ORDER TO GRADUATE: 1)Complete the FAFSA (available at studentaid.gov) This is your TOPS application, as well as application for federal grants and student loans; 2) Complete the Louisiana TOPS form- if you are not completing the FAFSA (available at mylosfa.la.gov). If you choose this step, you must print a confirmation and bring it to the Counseling Office; 3) A parent or legal custodian, or a student legally emancipated or of the legal age of majority, may certify a waiver in writing to the LEA (See Mrs. Byrd for this form) . Only one step is required- you will not complete the FAFSA and the TOPS form. The FAFSA is also the TOPS application. The FAFSA application is available beginning October 1st. Students should complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA application using 2021 income tax information. The FAFSA Completion Guide is attached to this e-mail and is also available on the Class of 2023 Canvas page. CLICK HERE for FASFA Completion Guide. 

Calling all students – The Mendeleevian Society is looking for submissions for our annual Mendeleevian Society Symposium in March. If you are interested in participating or would just like more information scan the QR code on one of the flyers located around the school or see Mrs. Comerford in S202. 

Support Your Fellow Jackets!


Student Opportunities:

Astra Club Members – Mrs. Prothro needs volunteers to work at Reruns Are Fun from September 29th through October 14th.  This is an opportunity to get lots of ours during fall break.  See Mrs. Prothro for the time and place. 

Students – GAMESTOP has an amazing trade event on Friday, October 7.

Astra Club Members – Our first service project will be making Christmas shoeboxes for children in El Salvador.  The list and directions are in the PTSA email. CLICK HERE for directions.

Astra Club Members – Did you attend South Highlands Magnet School?  Would you like to volunteer at their Fall Carnival?  The date is Thursday, October 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Sign up in Mrs. Prothro’s office!

Students – Providence House is pleased to announce the re-launch of our YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL (YAC). These young leaders will give a voice to a chronic issue that plagues our community: homelessness! YAC will serve as a 14-member advisory group to our current Board of Directors, have the opportunity to participate in board meetings as well as establish and lead their own initiatives and projects. The application deadline is Monday, October 31, 2022. CLICK HERE for application.

StudentsTAC (teen advisory council) is looking to get back started! TAC is a group from the YWCA LEAD Program.  The young ladies that take part of this opportunity would take on leadership roles and assist with guiding the LEAD Program here at YWCA. The LEAD Program serves pre-teen and teen girls in our community through empowerment sessions.  The sessions address topics such as: leadership, social skills, proper communication, self esteem, etc. THIS LINK will provide the girls with an overview of expectations and an application.  Or call 318-771-3858 should you need any further information. CLICK HERE for application.

Scholarships & Contests

Students – If you are interested in entering any poster contests, please see your teacher or Mrs. Prothro. CLICK HERE for info.

Students 9-12 th grades – Do you have 100 or more volunteer hours from March, 2022 to March 1, 2023? If so, you are eligible for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award which is a national award to recognize people who are committed to community service to make our world a better place. Please bring your volunteer sheets with your total number of volunteer hours to Mrs. Prothro or email them to her at MProthro@caddoschools.org. If you have any questions, please call (364-5455) or email Mrs. Prothro. Any community service through school, nonprofit organizations and church activities can be counted toward your total number of community service hours. Attached is a volunteer log sheet if you would like to use it; however, you do not have to use this one. I will accept any log sheets that has the activities and hours listed. The deadline is March 1, 2023. CLICK HERE for log.


CLICK HERE for all scholarship opportunities.

CLICK HERE for a full list of community service opportunities.

CLICK HERE for a full list of contests.
CLICK HERE for printable Byrd Blast.