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Yellow Jacket Sports (October 10 – October 16)

10/14  CE Byrd Football vs Parkway @ Preston Crownover Stadium | 7 pm

10/15  Boys and Girls Swim October YNWL High School Invitational @ YMCA BHP Billiton, Shreveport, LA | 12 PM

10/15  CE Byrd Volleyball Varsity – Natch Central Tourney

New Today

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
Astra Club – Eden Gardens Carnival – Please sign up through Google if you would like to volunteer. CLICK HERE to sign up
Southfield School Alumni – The school needs volunteers for Pumpkin Shine on Line. Sign up on Sign Up Genius! CLICK HERE to sign up.
Astra Club – Common Ground needs help with a Halloween activity on Thursday, October 27 after school from 4:30-6:30 pm. Email Mrs. Prothro at MProthro@caddoschools.org if you can volunteer.  Also, they need candy for their activity.  One bag of candy will count for one hour of volunteer service. Bring candy to Mrs. Prothro’s office by Monday, October 24th.


Stamp Collecting Club will meet on Tuesday, October 18th, in our school’s delicious cafeteria.  Our theme is The First Ladies of the United States on Postage Stamps.


Youth and GovernmentAny member interested in attending the YMCA Youth Legislature Conference December 1st – 3rd in Baton Rouge needs to see Mrs. Speyrer ASAP. The registration fee must be paid on Payschools by October 20th. This is an opportunity to debate with students around the state on proposed Louisiana laws. It is a lot of fun and a great experience!

College Visits – Marines • October 21

College Visits – Xavier • October 24

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.

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. 

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.

Sophomores – Applications now are being accepted for HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership). At least one delegate and two alternates will be selected by a committee. If you are interested in a HOBY delegate, see Mrs. Prothro in the counseling office for an application, or see the attached information for the application. Delegates must be available to participate in a 3 to 4-day leadership training seminar which will take place at some time April – June. The deadline to submit the application and essay is Friday, November 11. Please email or call Mrs. Prothro at 364-5455 or MProthro@caddoschools.org if you have any questions. CLICK HERE for Application. CLICK HERE for Info.

Perspectives is now accepting entries for this year’s publication. Perspectives is C.E. Byrd’s literary magazine. We publish all types of creative writing and visual art created by current Byrd students. Selected entries are published in a beautiful, full-color magazine printed at the end of the school year. All students who are published in the magazine will receive a free copy to enjoy. Look for QR codes around the school or ask your English teacher for the entry form. Deadline: February 3. Use this link to submit your entry: https://forms.gle/hhxnF6bsF97LqBZPA 


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.