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Yellow Jacket Sports (January 9 – January 15)

1/10  Lady Jackets Varsity Soccer vs. Magnet | 6:00 pm
1/10  Men’s Soccer vs. Caddo Magnet @ Byrd | 7:15 pm
1/11  Boys Freshman/JV Basketball @ Southwood | Freshmen Play at 5:30 JV plays after
1/12 Men’s Soccer vs. Benton @ Benton | 6:15 pm
1/13  Lady Jackets Varsity Soccer vs. Loyola | 6:00 pm
1/13  Varsity Boys Basketball @ Southwood | 7:30 pm
1/14  Men’s Soccer vs. Evangel @ Evangel | 10 am

New Today 

Football – Any students interested in joining the football team need to see Coach Ballew in the gym TODAY, Monday, or TOMORROW, Tuesday, during your lunch shift.

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 TODAY OR TOMORROW. See Mr. Williams for additional information.

Students – If you are interested in joining the track team, here are the links to register and to the physical form that must be completed by your doctor.  The next practice will be THIS AFTERNOON.  You may come by the main office to pick up the registration and Physical Form information. Register HERE. Get a physical exam ASAP and complete the LHSAA Physical Exam form HERE.

Students who have completed 80 hours of community service in grades 9-12 can receive a community service diploma endorsement. Seniors need to complete the student documentation form(s) and return to Mrs. Byrd in the counseling office by January 13th. Underclassmen can return forms to their counselor as community service activities are completed. Forms can be found HERE.

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. 

We will no longer process checkouts after 3:15 with the exception of extreme emergencies.

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


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.

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.

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’.
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. 
SeniorsIf you ordered your caps and gowns with Jostens, they will be delivered to the school in April. If you ordered additional items, they will be delivered to your home as they are available. All orders go through Jostens – the school does not accept any payments and we do not have any information about your order. If you have any questions, you must contact Jostens. 1-800-JOSTENS (567-8367)


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 – 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.

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.  Student must be 16 years old by the start of the program (June 1, 2023). Click the link to apply. The applications will open November 1st. The deadline to apply is January 20th.  Please see your counselor for more 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.

Students who have completed 80 hours of community service in grades 9-12 can receive a community service diploma endorsement. Seniors need to complete the student documentation form(s) and return to Mrs. Byrd in the counseling office by January 13th. Underclassmen can return forms to their counselor as community service activities are completed. Forms can be found HERE.

StudentsThe 2022 Fall LEAP 2025 testing window is now open.  This administration will be for those students who have previously been unsuccessful on parts of the LEAP 2025 exam. Only select students are eligible for the retest. Eligible students will be given individual notices of the dates and times they are scheduled to test. Contact Mrs. Johnson if you have questions and/or concerns. lwjohnson@caddoschools.org or 318-364-5462

StudentsAre you interested in participating in Film Prize Jr? If you have an idea for a short 3-10 minute live action film, are interested in script writing, pre-production, editing, or filming, see Mrs. Smith in room S307 as soon as possible!

Students 9-12th 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. 


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

Southern University at Shreveport has band scholarships still available.  Students do not have to audition.  Scholarships are based on grades A, B, or C as recommended by the director. If interested, please contact Dr. Albert L. Jackson, Director, Southern University at Shreveport Band; aljackson@susla.edu/318-670-9381.

The AFL-CIO scholarship is available in the Counseling Office. The Louisiana AFL-CIO will be awarding three $1000 scholarships to high school seniors whose parent/step parent is a member of an affiliated local union in good standing. Students must submit an essay and high school transcript. Deadline to apply is January 20th.

 The Reynolds Foundation Scholarship is available in the Counseling Office. Students must be a current senior, plan to immediately enroll in a 2-year or 4-year institution of higher learning, or vocational school, have a minimum 2.5 gpa, and complete a community service project(s) for the application by Winter break. Deadline to submit the application is January 31st.

The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) Scholarship is available at  https://futureofstemscholars.org/fossi/apply. Students must have a 3.0/4.0 gpa, plan to attend an HBCU and major in science, technology, engineering or math and interest in pursuing a career in chemical manufacturing, engineering, environmental health and sustainability or other related chemical-industry fields.  Deadline to apply is January 31st. 

JuniorsThe Coolidge Scholarship is a full ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States.  Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2024 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply.  Winners may use the scholarship to pursue any academic major. The scholarship application, along with additional information, can be assessed on the scholarship site: www.coolidgescholars.org.   More detailed information can also be found on the Class of 2024 Canvas page. The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. eastern time, Thursday, February 23, 2023.

The Caddo School Counselors’ Association provides one $500 scholarship to seniors interested in attending LSU-Shreveport and pursuing a degree in the teaching profession. Students must have a 2.5/4.0 gpa, possess good attendance, discipline, strong leadership potential, and demonstrate a willingness to help others. Deadline to apply is March 10th.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office or the Class of 2023 Canvas page.


Senior Information

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.

Seniors – Transcripts are now available. Each senior will receive a copy of his or her transcript during orientation. All public colleges/universities in Louisiana have access to your transcript through the Student Transcript System and we do not have to mail them.  If you are applying to an out of state or private college/ university, your transcript must be mailed.  You must pay for the transcript on locallevelevents.com and record your receipt number on the transcript request form. **If you are applying through the Common App, you do not have to mail your transcript. These will be sent electronically.  

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


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 full printable Byrd Blast.