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Yellow Jacket Sports (October 31 – November 6)

11/4  CE Byrd Football vs. Natchitoches Central @ Turpin Stadium | 7 pm

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PTSA meeting next week • Wednesday, November 9th at noon in the Learning Center  

Students taking dual enrollment through Louisiana Tech University – The deadline to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W” is TODAY. 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. 

AP Students – If you are taking an AP test, you must read every word on the Payment Letter from Mrs. Panos – it was on a purple sheet of paper. There are 2 steps. Step 1- fill out the Google Order Form. Step 2- pay on Local Level. See Mrs. Panos if you have any questions. DEADLINE IS TODAY.

StudentsRenaissance Honor Roll Days will be Monday, November 14th, and Tuesday, November 15th.  Please share with your students, and explain to your freshmen especially that they will come to the LC during lunch on Monday to get their treats, and come back on Tuesday, 11-15-22, for the Ice Cream (A/B Honor Roll) and Pizza (A Honor Roll).

Raising Cane’s Color Your Cane Contest • November 4 – November 16 – Drop your coloring sheet at any Shreveport-Bossier Restaurant for a chance to win! One winner will be selected from each location. First place winner will receive the basket, and a Kid’s Combo Card for each person in their class! Places 2-5 will receive a kid’s combo award. Winner’s Announcement – November 17th Raising Cane’s will notify the Principal of the students selected and will identify arrangements for pick up. CLICK HERE for coloring sheet.


Students – If you are interested in entering the Reflections contests, please see one of your teachers for the information.  Your entry may be dance, film, literature, music composition, visual arts and photography.  All entries must be on a flash drive labeled with the student’s first and last name. Entries are due to Mrs. Prothro no later than November 11th.

College Visits – Digital Media November 28

Winter 2022 Louisiana Tech Dual Enrollment–Deadline to Apply December 2nd. Winter quarter registration is only available for students who were not able to register for fall quarter classesStudents already enrolled in a dual enrollment course and wish to continue, will wait for spring quarter registration. CLICK HERE for full details.

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!!!!

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.

Support Your Fellow Jackets!

Byrd Baseball Booster Blanket Sales – Support your fellow jackets by purchasing a spirit blanket! These make great Christmas gifts and we have them in hand ready to deliver. CLICK HERE to order.

Student Opportunities:

Students – Volunteers are needed for a horseshoe this weekend. CLICK HERE to sign up.

Students – TAC (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.

Volunteers Needed – Christmas In Roseland CLICK HERE to sign up. You need to sign up before November 10th.
Dates: November 25, 26, 27 • 4:45-9:30 PM  –  December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18  – Encore Nights: December 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 4:45 PM-9:30 PM


Scholarships & Contests

Students – The Bossier Innovates STEM Scholarship is available in the Counseling Office or on the Class of 2023 Canvas page. $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who express an interest in a STEM-related field. Students must have a 3.0 gpa, 25 on the ACT, and provide 3 letters of recommendation from non-family members, one of which must be a STEM teacher. Deadline is November 4th.

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.

10 -12th Grade Students – The Jumpstart Summer Enrichment Program (JSEP) is sponsored by the Office of Diversity Affairs at Louisiana State University Health Shreveport. The program targets students interested in pursuing careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Research or Allied Health Professions. The JSEP program allows area high school students, grades 10-12, the opportunity to participate in eight weeks of hands-on research activities mentored by faculty at LSU Health Shreveport. Students must be 16 years old by the start of the program (June 1, 2023). CLICK HERE to apply. The applications will open November 1st. The deadline to apply is January 20th.  Please see your counselor for more details.

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

SeniorsThe Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival Scholarship application is available in the Counseling Office and the Class of 2023 Counseling page. First place winners will earn a $350 scholarship. Application deadline is Monday, November 28th.


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.