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Yellow Jacket Sports (October 24 – October 30)

10/25 CE Byrd Volleyball JV and Varsity vs Southwood | 5 and 6 pm

10/27  CE Byrd Volleyball JV and Varsity vs Benton | 5 and 6 pm

10/28  CE Byrd Football vs Southwood @ Lee Hedges (visitor) | 7 pm

10/29  Girls and Boys Swim Red River High School Conference Championship @ Louisiana Tech Lambright Wellness Center, Ruston, LA (Preliminaries and Finals- All Day) | 9 AM

New Today

PSAT 2022 – The students taking the PSAT will meet in the LC TODAY from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to do the pre-adminstration paperwork for the PSAT. The PSAT will be given on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, in the LC from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. These dates are already in the attendance system. CLICK HERE for list.

College Visits – Xavier • TODAY

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

Students – The Mendeleevian Society Presents our first NASA speaker of the year TOMORROW, at 6:30 pm in the Learning Center.  Come Zoom with NASA researcher Mr. Alexandar Blanchard as he presents his research in 3D printing in Microgravity.  All are welcome.

Herndon Alum – If you attended Herndon Magnet we would love to have a few students join us for the High School Highlights on Wednesday, October 26th, at Herndon.  This will give you an opportunity to speak with current 8th graders about your experiences here at The City.  Please contact Mrs. Orenbaun or Mrs. Byrd by Tuesday, October 25th, if you are interested in sharing you what you love about Byrd!

Students – If you are interested in being on the Byrd Fishing team, there will be an interest meeting on Thursday at 6:00 pm in T-10.  The parents must attend and you do not have to have a boat or a partner to be on the team. Contact Brad Kent at 318-393-1312 if you have any questions.

StudentsThe 2022-2023 Bowling season is about to begin! There will be an interest meeting on Wednesday, October 27 at 8:00 am in room 325. Tryouts begin November 1st.  Contact Mrs. Rowe if you are unable to attend the meeting. 

ASVAB Test – If your child would like to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test (ASVAB) I need his/ her name by December 9, 2022. 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 11, 2023, in the Learning Center.  Please encourage your students to sign up. This is a great way for them to find out what will benefit them most when they graduate from high school. This is the only time this test will be offered at Byrd this year.   If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Prothro at MProthro@caddoschools.org.


College Visits – Digital Media November 28

Students taking dual enrollment through Louisiana Tech University – The deadline to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W” is next Friday, October 28. Please see Mrs. Lacy or Mrs. Byrd in the Counseling Office for a withdrawal form. Students with grades of C or below should consider withdrawing from the course.

Students – Harrington House will be here for yearbook make-up pictures on Tuesday, November 1, from 7:30 am until 10:00 am.  If you did not have your picture taken before, please make sure to have it taken on this date.

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.

Seniors – You 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.

Students – Wrestling practice has started!!! Please go online under Byrd athletics and fill out paperwork. We will be at Byrd wrestling room, next to football field from 5-7 pm during fall break. And right after school when school resumes! Come test yourself!!!!

Support Your Fellow Jackets!


Student Opportunities:

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.

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.

Scholarships & Contests

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

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.

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.