2-17-23

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Yellow Jacket Sports (February 13 – January 19)

2/17  Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Airline | 7:30 pm

New Today 

The City of Shreveport has changed the afternoon times for the school zone have been changed to 2:30 until 4:30 pm.  

Students – Just as a reminder, pajama pants are not allowed – with or without pockets!

CLICK HERE for the new KBYRD episode.

ACT Boot Camp – Please contact Sherri Moss at 572-5507 if you want to register for the ACT On Track Test Prep class on Saturday, March 4th.  It will be held in the Learning Center from 8:30 until 11:30 am.

Stamp Collecting Club – The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 21st, in the cafeteria.  Our theme is The Numeral Sixty-Five on Postage Stamps. 

Students – Off campus P E applications for the 2023 – 2024 school year are available for pick up in the counseling office.  The deadline to return the completed application to the counseling office is Tuesday, May 2nd. CLICK HERE for form.

Varsity Cheer Tryouts – There will be a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, February 21st, at 5:30 pm in the learning center. The student and a parent must attend in order to be eligible to tryout.

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


MORE INFORMATION

Students interested in outdoor track and field should complete the online registration process including a physical exam, before they can join the team. Please see the links below. Instructions for Joining the Track Team: Go to cebyrd.com and click on athlete registration.  You may get a physical form from the front office or at lhsaa.org.  Online Register HERE. Get a physical exam ASAP and complete the LHSAA Physical Exam form HERE.

College Visit – Centenary 2/21

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors – The National Honor Society eligibility list has been posted outside of rooms S102 and S214. All information forms are due by Wednesday, February 22nd. No exceptions will be made. If we haven’t received your form by this date, you will not be eligible to join this year. 

Astra Club Officers – If you are planning to go to the Junior Achievement Luncheon on February 26th, please go by Mrs. Prothro’s office for a permission slip if you have not already done so. 

SeniorsWhat is the Bobbie Cates Hicks SMART Program?  The Science & Medicine Academic Research Training Program provides academically advanced High School Seniors who are interested in careers related to medicine, scientific research, and biomedical engineering opportunities to engage in intensive research with medical clinicians, researchers, and academic staff. Application Link  SMART Program application is due on February 28th. 

Students – The very last day to order a 2023 Byrd Yearbook is March 1st!  We will only have a limited number of yearbooks available so order your copy now!  Cost is $65.00 and you may go to payschoolscentral.com to make your purchase.  

Students – The Cinderella Project is a non-profit volunteer organization that fosters empowerment and individual beauty by a providing FREE prom dresses to high school students who cannot otherwise attain them. Our Annual Free Prom Dress Giveaway is Saturday, March 4th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Ayers Career College, 8820 Jewella Avenue.  See Mrs. Prothro to pick up an information sheet.

Lyle Leaders – 10th and 11th graders – Are you interested in attending the Louisiana Youth Seminar?  I have some scholarships available on a first come, first serve basis.  The 2023 Louisiana Youth Seminar is an exciting opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to participate. The 2023 seminar will be returning in person this year at the LSU Baton Rouge campus.  Look up louisianayouthseminar.org for more information.  See Mrs. Prothro ASAP if you are interested.

Juniors – The 2023-24 Smart Application is now available.  Please visit
https://www.lsuhs.edu/research/smart-program for specific details and application.  Applications are due on
February 28th .

FreshmenIf you have community service hours to turn in for the Community Service Endorsement for your diploma, please complete the attached form, and bring to Mrs. Prothro.  This is separate from the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.  If you have questions, please call Mrs. Prothro at 364-5455. CLICK HERE for form.

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)

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.

 


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:

Volunteer Opportunity – If you are in need of volunteer hours, Gingerbread House has an event on Saturday, April 29, 2023 – the second annual Carnival for Good. The event will be at Airline High School.  They are needing volunteers to cover 3 shifts. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Contact Chichi Zhang at czhang@gingerbreadhousecac.org with any questions.

Junior Girls and Boys – If you are interested in going to Girls’ State or Boys’ State, please see Mrs. Prothro as soon as possible.  Space is limited. 

Freshmen – Are you interested in becoming a Lyle Leader?  See Mrs. Prothro or Ms. Waters (room S112) for an application, or print one from the PTSA email blast.  What is a Lyle Leader?  Dr. Lyle, 1958 C. E. Byrd graduate, founded the leadership program by making a donation of $100,000 to C. E. Byrd High School.  The 2006-2007 freshman class was the first group to have the opportunity to participate in this program which is designed to develop leadership skills, experience the community and conduct community service projects.  The current group has pledged to be active participants in this program for the next three years until they graduate from C. E. Byrd High School. CLICK HERE for application.

Artists at Byrd – Mrs. Prothro needs someone to draw a picture to be used on the 2023-24 planners for the next school year.  See her for more information. Deadline to Mrs. Prothro – March 1, 2023

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.

Volunteer OpportunitySALT is excited to provide another volunteer opportunity this spring. We are working together with the CTA to teach tennis to the kids at the Broadmoor Stem Academy. This is a great way to give back to our community! High school students may sign up and get credit for their volunteer hours as well. It is an 8 week program starting on March 2nd and ends on April 27th with a party for the kids. Please click the sign up genius link below to review the available slots.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084BADAC2BA1F49-saltvoacta If you have any questions please feel free to contact Katherine Knicely at kmknicely@gmail.com or 318-393-3360.

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.

Applications are open for the Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA) – FBI New Orleans, The Tulane University Police Department, and the Louisiana Chapter of the FBI National Academy are proud to announce the introduction of the 2023 Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA) to Louisiana. Two of the nation’s most notable and iconic institutions will conduct law enforcement and legal training for selected youth from the State of Louisiana. The FLEYA training program will be a FREE weeklong overnight camp exposing students (15 to 17 years of age) to federal, state and local law enforcement practices.  This joint effort promotes law enforcement career paths by giving the selected youths an inside look at the various practices and techniques as taught by subject matter experts and agency instructors. Tulane’s Uptown campus will serve as the home base for an academic environment with the premier atmosphere to encourage students to pursue higher education and careers in law enforcement.  The attached brochure provides more information about the FLEYA program. CLICK HERE for brochure. Link to information and application: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/neworleans/community-outreach

Volunteer Opportunity – IDEAS Day is a completely free event put on every spring by LSUHS-Shreveport Science Matters Interest Group for the kids in the community to learn about various fields in STEM. There will be numerous demonstrations set up that are sponsored by departments and organizations on and off campus, hopefully giving our local kids a wide exposure to the world of STEM. This year IDEAS Day will be held at LSU Shreveport on February 25, 2023 from 9am-3:30pm. We will need volunteers for set-up, check-in, working the booths, traffic flow, and clean-up. To sign up for a shift or the whole event use the google form HERE. A more detailed email with specific job signups and day-of details will be sent out closer to the event once all booths are finalized.

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 have the activities and hours listed. The deadline is March 1, 2023. CLICK HERE for log.

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. 

Students – If you are interested in being a camp instructor, life guard or activity instructor for the LA Lions Camp, see the attached information or Mrs. Prothro.

 

Students – FBI New Orleans, The Tulane University Police Department, and the Louisiana Chapter of the FBI National Academy are proud to announce the introduction of the 2023 Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA) to Louisiana. Two of the nation’s most notable and iconic institutions will conduct law enforcement and legal training for selected youth from the State of Louisiana. The FLEYA training program will be a FREE weeklong overnight camp exposing students (15 to 17 years of age) to federal, state and local law enforcement practices.  This joint effort promotes law enforcement career paths by giving the selected youths an inside look at the various practices and techniques as taught by subject matter experts and agency instructors. Tulane’s Uptown campus will serve as the home base for an academic environment with the premier atmosphere to encourage students to pursue higher education and careers in law enforcement.  The attached brochure provides more information about the FLEYA program. Link to information and application can be found on the FBI New Orleans website HERE.

 


Scholarships & Contests

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

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 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.

Poster ContestStudentsNorthwest Louisiana Association of Realtors is holding a poster contest. The Northwest LA winner will receive $500 and go on to compete in the state level competition.  The state competition winner will be named on April 25th and receive $1,000. Poster must be 18×24, have the Louisiana Realtor logo included, bring to light everything Fair Housing encompasses, may use any media – digital, paint, sketch, etc, and it must be an original work.  Deadline is March 28th and poster must be delivered to the Northwest LA Association of Realtors, 2036 East 70th Street.  Call 318-797-0054 for more information. CLICK HERE for details.

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest – Excellent opportunity for any current high school seniors or college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors that you may know. The Regions Riding Forward Scholarship contest is an essay contest that highlights inspirational Black Americans who have shaped our world. Winners can earn scholarships worth $1,750 – $2,500. Students are asked to submit written or video essays regarding someone who has impacted their life, whether it is a famous icon or a local mentor or hero. High school and college winners will be selected from each of the 15 states served by Regions branches. Details about the contest can be found HERE.

C.E. Byrd High School is excited to announce the Edward C. “Pete” Aldridge Scholarship for students who will be entering college and majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM disciplines). Pete Aldridge is a 1956 graduate of Byrd High School and Distinguished Alumni and member of the Byrd High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame. This will be a one-time scholarship of up to $1,000.00 per student.  The scholarship is not renewable.  Minimum requirements for the scholarship are the following: The college major must be a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math;  Minimum 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale after seven semesters of high school; Your application must include a financial statement of need. Return completed applications to Mrs. Byrd in the counselor’s office. Deadline is Tuesday, March 10th.

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.

The 2023 Emmy Noether Award is available to high school senior females planning to pursue graduate degrees in STEM-related fields.  After completing undergraduate studies, the Gold Medalist will receive up to $75,000, and the two Silver Medalists will be awarded $25,000 each for qualified graduate-level programs (to be divided over a 3-year span).  In addition to the 3 merit winners, up to 10 applicants will be invited as Emmy Noether Scholars to join a network of young female aspiring research scientists and receive information on internship and networking opportunities.  An awards banquet will be held in New Orleans on April 23rd, at 12:30 pm to honor the awardees and scholars.  Requirements include: Female, Senior in High School, Lives in LA or MS, Pursues a research-based graduate degree and career in a STEM field, and 28 or higher on the ACT.  Application available at https://www.thebrownfoundation.org/emmy-noether-award.  Application details are available on the Class of 2023 Counseling 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.  

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)

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.

Seniors – A financial aid step must be completed in order to graduate. If you need assistance completing your FAFSA, please let Mrs. Byrd in the Counseling Office know.

SeniorsWhat is the Bobbie Cates Hicks SMART Program?  The Science & Medicine Academic Research Training Program provides academically advanced High School Seniors who are interested in careers related to medicine, scientific research, and biomedical engineering opportunities to engage in intensive research with medical clinicians, researchers, and academic staff. Application Link  SMART Program application is due on February 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 full printable Byrd Blast.