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Yellow Jacket Sports (October 30-November 5)

11/2  Byrd Cross Country @ Regionals – Ruston • 1 PM
11/3  Byrd Football vs. Natchitoches Central (Senior Night) @ Independence Stadium | 7:00 PM

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Students – Picture retake will be held TOMORROW, starting at 8:30 am and ending at 9:00 am. Anyone who has not taken a school picture is able to take their picture at this time.


AP Students – If you are taking an AP test, you must read every word on the AP payment instructions sheet you received from your AP teachers. 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 (room S309 or jpanos@caddoschools.org). IT IS ALL DUE BY TOMORROW.


ACT – The deadline to register for the December 9th ACT is TOMORROW.  Byrd is an open site for this test; however, as of Sunday we were full.  I have requested 25 more spots, so if you know of any students who are needing to take the test please encourage them to sign up as soon as possible.


Congratulations to the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Players for the 2023-2024 school year:
MyJoi Anderson, Lily Blaylock, Joey Comerford, Kalli Cosse, Mya Crawford, Ainsley Davis, Emma Fleming, Lauryn Fleming, Claire Flurry, Chandler Gardner, Hallie Guerra, Georgia Gulett, Hannah Kendrick, Emma McCarter, Catie Miller, Riley Moncla, Sarah Katherine Murrell, Elizabeth Payne, Khaela Roraback, and Swing Players: Mackenzie Hebert, Sally McKenzie and Emma Hernandez 


EOC Testing Information


Students – The newly formed Byrd chapter of Peer Initiative is looking for members for our peer support team, the backbone of our suicide prevention program. Peer leaders will be taught empathy, listening skills, non-judgmental support, suicide awareness, and basic peer session techniques. Peer Initiative will begin meeting in November. If you are interested in getting more information or joining the program, please see Mrs. Richey in S111 or scan the QR codes found on the flyers around the school or on Canvas.


Students – The school-wide Canned Food Drive has begun! There will be a competition between homeroom classes to see which class brings the most cans per student. The three winning classes will receive donuts. Student Council Members are required to bring 10 cans to Mrs. Carberry’s room 202. If you are on probation, you must bring 20 cans. The last day to bring cans is November 10th, and they will be donated to the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank and the C.E. Byrd Snack Pack Pantry.


Astra Club, Key Club and Lyle Leaders – We will be collecting coffee for HOPE Connections for our November project.  Any kind of caffeinated coffee is fine.  HOPE Connections is a solid ground safe haven for homeless individuals in our community.  One of the things that they need the most is coffee especially during the colder months.  Each package of coffee will count 5 hours.  Key Club can only turn in one.  Astra and Lyle Leaders may bring more.   The deadline will be 11-10-23 as we hope to get this to them prior to the holidays.  You can bring this to Mrs. Prothro’s office.  Please sign the list on her desk when you bring coffee so you will get credit for it.


Scholarship – The Louisiana Tennis Association is currently offering two scholarship and two high school assistance grants. The scholarship is available to current seniors. Grants are available to students in grades 9-12. Legacy Scholarship Info and To Apply: https://form.jotform.com/232924612101141 Believer Grant Info and To Apply: https://form.jotform.com/232924626560155 Our local NW LA Community Tennis Association also offers a high school assistance program: High School Tennis Player Assistance Program (anonymous) https://form.jotform.com/220306559520147. Our High School Tennis Scholarship applications will open next February and be awarded in May.


Bowling – Interest in joining the bowling team? Varsity and JV Bowling Tryouts will start November 1 at All Star Lanes on Mansfield Rd. Complete the LHSAA Athletic paperwork available at https://cebyrd.com/2022/07/21/2022-athlete-registration/ and complete the Google Form: https://forms.gle/AV1mXc48fDpBhGim7.  Email Mrs. Rowe at pjrowe@caddoschools.org if you have any questions.


Parents and StudentsByrd Baseball is having its first Yard Sale! If you or know anyone that has any items, you would like to donate to go towards the Byrd Baseball Team please bring them to room 314.


Students – Lists have been posted outside Mrs. Comerford and Ms. Adamson’s room of all students accepted into the Science National Honor Society. There will be an informational meeting next week, please stop by to sign your name and get dates for meeting.


Dual EnrollmentLouisiana Tech Winter Quarter Dual enrollment applications are now available. Winter quarter registration is only available for students who were not able to register for fall quarter classes. Students already enrolled in a dual enrollment course and wish to continue, will wait for spring quarter registration. Students in the following courses can apply at LaTech- AP US History, AP European History, English III Honors, English III GT, English IV enriched Williams only, and English IV GT. Byrd will pay for one core English, math, science, or social studies course each quarter LaTech, as long as funds are available. Students are encouraged to apply early. Instructions are available from these teachers, the Counseling Office, or cebyrd.com. Please read all information carefully and complete all required steps. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 8, at 4pm. Please contact the 11th or 12th grade counselor if you have any questions. 11th grade- Tamiko Lacy- tslacy@caddoschools.org. 12th grade- Amanda Byrd- asbyrd@caddoschools.org CLICK HERE for LA Tech Dual Enrollment Information.


Please help us reach our goal of 400 memberships. We currently have 384 members, we only need 16 more memberships to meet or goal!

4 easy ways to get involved with the PTSA:

  1. Become a Member (Pay Online or Pay by Check or cash)
  2. Volunteer with the PTSA (Complete this form)
  3. Attend PTSA meetings (View all upcoming dates)
  4. Make a Tax-Free Donation to the PTSA



Students – Don’t miss out on the chance to relive the extraordinary moments of the year. Don’t wait—make your yearbook yours today and preserve those cherished memories forever! Yearbooks can be purchased on locallevelevents.com for $65.

Please find the attached flyer for C.E. Byrd’s annual Fall Poster Session for AP Research, part of the AP Capstone program, next Wednesday, November 1 from 8:30-10:30 AM in the C.E. Byrd Learning Center. In the AP Research course, students select one topic for inquiry for the whole year, engage in an exhaustive literature review of the field, develop an original, previously unanswered research question, devise a method, collect and analyze data to draw conclusions, and produce a scholarly academic paper of 4,000-5,000 words along with a presentation and oral defense. One of the keys to Byrd’s success in the AP Capstone program is providing students with opportunities to receive critical feedback on their chosen topics and research questions. Our fall poster night will give students the chance to present their proposed research study to other faculty, students, administrators, central office staff, and family and allows for feedback that pushes our students to critically assess their own work and develop an awareness of the strengths and limitations of their research plans and to see the pitfalls and obstacles in their research and create paths to success. Please stop by for this come-and-go event on Wednesday, November 1 from 8:30-10:30 AM in the C.E. Byrd Learning Center to hear about the incredible research our students are pursuing! 

Students – Fishing team informational meeting is Wednesday, November 1st at 6 PM in T-10.


Key Club – To join the Remind for Key Club, please do the following:
  • Download the Remind App.
  • Put the join code in for your grade:
      • 9th grade     #kyc2027
      • 10th grade    #kyc2026
      • 11th grade      #kyc2025
      • 12th grade         #kyc2026


Students – Picture retake will be held on November 3rd, starting at 8:30 am and ending at 9:00 am. Anyone who has not taken a school picture is able to take their picture at this time.


Students – Students who would like to sign up to take The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test (ASVAB) need to do so by December 8, 2023. 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 10, 2024, in the Learning Center. 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.


Parent Survey – As a part of the Caddo Parish Public Schools strategic plan, school climate is a critical part of academic success.  School climate at all schools will be assessed via the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI)  and The PBIS School Climate Survey.  Surveys will assess school connectedness, adult social support, social/civic learning, physical environment, school safety, and order/discipline.  It is vital that all staff members complete the survey below.  Thank you so much.  I know your time is valuable.  It does not take very long to complete.  Byrd High Parent Surveyhttps://www.pbisassessment.org/Anon/lGa20CLp4G0


Club Info

African American Studies – scan QR code around school – go to S109 for more info

BETA Club – applications in S112 or scan QR code – applications and fees due 

Drama Club – scan QR code and pay online at payschoolscentral.com or go to Room 200

Growing for Good – applications in S105 – fee $5.00

Robotics scan QR code around school – fee is $10

Spanish Club – applications by 117 in main building and S304 – pay fees online at payschoolscentral.com Youth and Gov meeting – Wednesday 10/25 at 7:40 AM in the Learning Center! We will be debating a SPOOKY HALLOWEEN BILL! 


Support Your Fellow Jackets!

Drama – Show your house spirit and buy a Puffs t-shirt! Are you a Brave (red)? a Smart (blue)? a Snake (green)? a Puff (yellow)? Choose one of these great colors and support Puffs and Byrd Drama at the same time! Go to https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/28895 to purchase!

Your Link to EVERYTHING Byrd!

CLICK HERE for the Local Level Events page that includes ALL Byrd events. You can also scan the QR code below.

Student Opportunities:

Volunteer Opportunity

Astra Club – Mrs. Prothro needs volunteers to work at the Reruns Are Fun from October 19-November 3, 2023.  Please sign up in her office.


Key Club and Astra Club Members – Sign up to work at Reruns are Fun in Mrs. Prothro’s office.


Key Club – Sign up to work at Les Boutique de Noel in Mrs. Prothro’s office.


Student Opportunity – Providence House is seeking applications from high school students interested in serving on the 2023-2024 Youth Advisory Board of Directors.  We are expanding our current youth board.  This leadership role works with the larger governing board and offers hands-on experience in philanthropy, fundraising, leadership and planning.  The Youth Board has its own budget, leadership team and they get to plan events and use their voices to support all efforts around homelessness as well as community leadership.  This is an amazing opportunity for young people to make a difference. CLICK HERE for Youth Advisory Council 2023 Student Application.


Robinson Film Center is now accepting applications for the Teen Film Council. This after-school program meets on Mondays and features film production and theory taught by working industry professionals. Prepare for film school or a job in the industry, or just come to learn more about film. Apply now at robinsonfilmcenter.org


Students – Does your child have documented volunteer hours?  If your child has 100 hours or more, he or she is eligible to receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.  This is a national award, and Byrd is the only Caddo Parish School who has students that receive this award.  All you need to do is keep up with all volunteer hours that you have for all school organizations, church or faith based activities, or community organizations from last March 1, 2023, through February 28, 2024.  You can go back and write down the hours you have from this past spring and summer.  Attached is a form.  Mrs. Prothro will sign off and verify your activities.  Call or email her at 364-5455 or MProthro@caddoschools.org if you have questions. Also, your child needs 15 hours per school year to receive the LA Diploma Community Service Endorsement on their diploma when they graduate.  Attached is a form on which these hours may be documented.  These forms may be turned in throughout the school year to Mrs. Prothro.  If the activities are school-related, Mrs. Prothro will sign off on the verification. CLICK HERE for Volunteer Hour Log • CLICK HERE for Community Service Endorsement


The application for the Allied Health Education and Discovery (AHEAD) Program is open for Summer 2024! 

The AHEAD Program is a 5-day summer program for Louisiana high school students interested in exploring the health career programs offered at LSU Health Shreveport – School of Allied Health Professions: 

Medical Laboratory Scientist, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant, Public Health Professional, Respiratory Therapist and  Speech-Language Pathologist

Program Dates 2024: 

  • Session 1: June 10 – 14, 2024, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Session 2: July 8 – 12, 2024, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Apply today at http://www.lsuhs.edu/ahead! Applications are due March 15, 2024.
Eligibility Criteria:

  • Students must be at least 16 years old by the first day in the session. 
  • Enrolled in a Louisiana high school. Graduating seniors are welcome!
  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA at the time of application.
  • Access to reliable transportation and commitment to full attendance.
  • Please note: This is a non-residential program and housing is not provided. 


Scholarships & Contests

Poster ContestsAll posters must be turned in to Mrs. Prothro by the dates below.  The size must be 11 X 14, no glitter, and a flat surface.  Each poster must contain the label attached to the back of the poster entry.  See Mrs. Prothro for the entry form more information.  If you need extra forms, email Mrs. Prothro at MProthro@caddoschools.org or come by her office. CLICK HERE for full list of contests.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week Deadline:  November 11th

Internet Safety Prevention Week Deadline:  December 8th


Reflections – The deadline for submissions is November 27, 2023.

CLICK HERE for the Student Entry Form • CLICK HERE for Literature • CLICK HERE for Photography • CLICK HERE for Special Artist • CLICK HERE for Dance • CLICK HERE for Film • CLICK HERE for Music • CLICK HERE for Visual Arts


Scholarship – Each year, the Ark-La-Tex chapter of AFCEA and its members sponsor STEM scholarships and grants for local students and teachers. If you are interested in applying for a grant or have students planning to pursue STEM education after high school, please review the attached documents and submit an application; the application deadline is February 1, 2024. CLICK HERE for application. CLICK HERE for Teaching Grant Application.


Scholarship – Class of 2024 Lela’s $1000 FAFSA Completion Scholarship application for the Class of 2024 is now available for those who plan to apply for college financial aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


Schoolhouse Connection’s Youth Leadership Program Scholarship is available for students who have experienced homelessness in the last 6 years. 

  • Applicants must reside in the United States.
    Note: undocumented applicants are eligible.
  • Applicants must be born on or after November 24, 2003.
  • Applicants must begin college (four year, community college, or trade school) for the first time in 2024 (not including dual-enrollment courses).

A SchoolHouse Connection Scholar Will Receive:

  • $2,500 Scholarship Award
  • One-on-One Support from SchoolHouse Connection Staff
  • Three All-Expenses-Paid Trips
  • Support from SchoolHouse Connection Scholars

Opportunities to Engage in State and Federal Policy Advocacy:

https://schoolhouseconnection.org/scholarship/?emci=5526c877-875c-ee11-9937-00224832eb73&emdi=e2aaba01-5061-ee11-9937-00224832eb73&ceid=11022566Links to an external site.


The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program Scholarship application is now available at   https://robertsonscholars.org/  The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program provides eight semesters of full tuition, room and board, and most mandatory fees for Scholars at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. Scholars also have access to generous funding for up to three summer experiences, funding for conferences throughout the academic year, and for two semesters of study abroad.  You may apply either Early Decision or Regular Decision to Duke, or Early Action or Regular Decision to UNC-Chapel Hill. As long as you apply for first-year undergraduate admission to one or both of these universities, you are eligible to apply for the Robertson. All students will learn whether they are moving to the second stage on the same day, regardless of which university application they select. Deadline to apply is November 15th.


Seniors- The Hagan Scholarship is available at www.hsfmo.org. This is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship that provides up to $7500 each semester for up to 8 consecutive semesters. Applicants must have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and plan to work 240 hours from January 1, 2024-the completion of the 2024 fall semester of college. Applicant’s adjusted gross household income reported for 2022 Federal Income Tax purposes must not have exceeded $85,000.


Senior Information

Seniors – Updated transcripts are now available in the Counseling Office. Each student will receive a copy of the transcript during Senior Orientation in English IV classes. If you need one prior to that visit, you can pick one up in the Counseling Office. Transcripts and transcript information cannot be e-mailed or provided over the telephone.  All public colleges and universities in Louisiana have access to transcripts and you should not have to send them. If they tell you they cannot access the transcript, or if you need to send a transcript to a private school within Louisiana, or any school outside of Louisiana, you will need to complete the transcript request form at  https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/26815. Make sure you submit payment and complete the google form on that page.  Students applying to colleges through the Common App do not have to complete the transcript request form. The transcript will be uploaded on the Common App portal.


Seniors – The moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived – it’s time to create your unforgettable senior yearbook ad. Purchase your ad at locallevelevents.org and seize this opportunity to leave your mark on the yearbook. Once you’ve secured your spot, send us all your artwork and heartfelt messages to be featured on your ad at cebyrd.yearbook@my.caddoschools.org Make your senior year even more memorable with a personalized ad – don’t miss out!


Seniors – Zeta Phi Beta Beau/Debutante applications and information is available in the Counseling Office, or on the Class of 2024 Counseling Canvas page.


SeniorsElks Student of the month scholarship applications are available in the counseling office. Each month (October-April) a scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding senior boy and senior girl who demonstrate exemplary standards. Students should be well-rounded with leadership, citizenship, service, and scholarship qualities. Students will compete against other high school students in Caddo-Bossier area. Applications are due by the 15th of each month and only need to be submitted once.


Seniors – If you missed Jostens when they were on campus Monday, you can still purchase online. Ordering online can be confusing with all of the packages listed. The cap and gown unit comes with your cap, gown, tassel, and diploma cover. The cost of this cap and gown unit is $70+shipping/handling. This link should take you to the correct page within the website: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productDetail/1067956/BYRD-HIGH-SCHOOL/Cap-and-Gown/2060173568/CATALOG_REPOSITORY/Cap-and-Gown-Unit/2060173626Links to an external site. On this page, select your height, weight, and gender. If you only want the cap and gown unit, you can click “no thanks” on pages 2-4, then click Next. Review your order, add to the cart, and make your payment. Cap and gown orders will be delivered to the school in late April. Please let Mrs. Byrd know if you have any questions. Reminder- Students must purchase a cap and gown for graduation unless you are borrowing from a Class of 2023 graduate. Caps and gowns from earlier years will not match.



CLICK HERE for all scholarship opportunities.

CLICK HERE for a full list of community service opportunities.

CLICK HERE for a full list of contests.