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Yellow Jacket Sports (December 12 – December 18)

12/13  Lady Jackets Varsity Soccer vs. Haughton | 6:00 pm
12/14 -12/17  Men’s Soccer Airline Tournament @ Airline | TBD
12/17  Lady Jackets Varsity Soccer vs. STM | 2:00 pm

New Today 

Byrd Choir will present Carols and Cocoa TONIGHT at 6:00 pm. The event will feature free cocoa and be held in the LEARNING CENTER.  Come out and listen to the beautiful carols of the season with our choir.  It will surely brighten your spirits!

College Visit – A representative from the Army National Guard will here TODAY during both lunch shifts outside the café.

Students and Staff – We will have salads through tomorrow.

Beta Club is working with Batteries Plus to collect toys for the Shreveport Fire Department’s Operation Santa Claus.  Homerooms can compete to collect the most toys for the chance to win a Donut party on December 20th.  Please donate new, unwrapped toys for girls and boys to your Homeroom teacher or to Ms. Waters in rm S112.  Collection ends the morning of Monday, December 19th.  

StudentsInterested in traveling to London and Paris in 2024, check out this tour Mr. Williams is taking. Go to www.explorica.com/Williams-5779 or stop by Mr. Williams’ room for information and to sign up. Early Bird sign up incentive before December 21st

StudentsAudition information for the Drama Department’s spring production of Footloose is available outside Mr. Williams’ room (200 Main Building). You MUST have this information to audition on January 9th  or 10th. See Mr. Williams for additional information.

Youth and Government members who are interested in attending Model United Nations should see Mrs. Speyrer this week. Cost is $280 paid on Payschools. The dates are March 2nd through March 4th.

Students – Every year SHIP, or Support for Humanitarianism through Intercontinental Projects, puts on a fundraiser called Pre-Med Day. These days are designed to give students an opportunity to get a preview of what it is like to be a medical student at LSU Shreveport School of Medicine. Students will tour the school, participate in intubation and suturing workshops, experience our cadaver lab, and interact with some current medical students. This allows students to get excited about medical school as well as ask questions regarding how to best prepare themselves for the application process. Students will also learn more about SHIP itself and the opportunities SHIP provides to medical students at LSU Health Shreveport. This year Pre-Med Day will be held on Sunday, February 12th.

Final Exam Schedule:

Thursday, December 15, 2022 – 2nd and 4th Period Exams

Friday, December 16, 2022 -1st and 3rd Period Exams

Monday, December 19, 2022 – 5th and 6th Period Exams

Tuesday, December 20, 2022 –Makeup Exams and 7th Period Exams

School will be released at 1:00 p.m. each of these days.

COVID – Schools are still required to report POSITIVE cases of COVID-19. If a Byrd student tests positive for COVID-19, please contact Lisa Walker Johnson, Assistant Principal for a return to school plan as per the current guidelines. You will need to report the day the student tested positive and the last day the student was on Byrd’s campus. Lisa Walker Johnson, Assistant Principal • lwjohnson@caddoschools.org or 318-364-5462


Calling all talented Jackets!! Buzzfest, the spring skit and talent show hosted by Student Council, will be holding talent auditions on January 24th and January 25th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. in the auditorium. Please sign up for an audition spot with Mrs. Carberry in room 202 by January 12th.

Seniors – If you didn’t get pictures made this past summer, Harrington House will be here on Tuesday, February 14, from 7:30 am until 9:00 am for pictures.  This is a one-shot picture and they will provide the cap and gown.

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.

March ACT – In March 2023, 10th, 11th, and a select group of qualifying 12th-grade students will have an opportunity to take the ACT here at school at no cost to the student.   If your student has an IAP, IEP, or ELL plan which includes classroom accommodations, a request can be submitted to ACT for approval to take the ACT with those same accommodations.  Parental consent is required before the request can be submitted.  A copy of the ‘Consent to Release Information to ACT’ form will be given to students on Monday 11/28 to take home to parents.  Contact Penny Eason at peason@caddoschools.org or call me at 318 364 – 5470 no later than Friday 12/9/2022 to give ‘Consent to Release Information to ACT’.


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.

Astra Club – The baseball team has asked us once again to donate gift cards of any amount $5-$25 for their Buzz Bash coming up in early 2023.  Each $5 amount will count as a volunteer hour.  For example, a $5 gift card counts as one hour, a $25 gift card would count as 5 hours, etc.  Please bring them to Mrs. Prothro by THIS FRIDAY.  Thanks for your generosity to help another Byrd organization!  You are appreciated.

Student Opportunities:

Students – If you have any interest in having your student’s interest and career potential assessed, the AIMS (Aptitude Inventory Measurement Service) test is hoping to come to Shreveport in January if there is enough interest.  CLICK HERE to read the attached letter and CLICK HERE for more information.


Scholarships & Contests

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