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Yellow Jacket Sports (November 27-December 3)

11/28  Boys JV Basketball vs. Simsboro at Home • 5:30 pm

12/2  Byrd Cross Country @ Garmin Running Lane – Huntsville, AL

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Astra Club and Key Club Members – We will need every member to serve as a guide for kindergarteners at Community Christmas on Friday, December 1, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  You will need to wear a Christmas shirt, and come directly to the big gym that morning and sit in the bleachers where the freshmen sit.  Your teachers will have lists of who is working.  Please do not bring your backpack to the gym.  See Mrs. Prothro if you have questions.


Community Christmas – All students who are participating in Community Christmas on 12-1-23 will not be able to check out after Community Christmas.


Student Opportunity – This event is hosted by the Providence House Youth Advisory Board to bring awareness to the impact of homelessness, especially for children. The run begins and ends at the Providence House campus (814 Cotton Street) in downtown Shreveport on Saturday, December 2nd at 8am.


Astra Club and Lyle Leaders We are helping to provide gift cards for the Baseball Buzz Bash for their silent auction. These gift cards can be $10 – $25 or more, and each gift card would count one hour for each dollar spent so 10 hours for a $10 gift card.  The Baseball Booster Club is asking for gift cards from CC’s Coffee, Starbucks, Sonic, Buttercups, Chick Fil A, Counter Culture, Homegoods, Raising Canes, Torchy’s Tacos, Tazikis, Bodacious Barbeque, Tazikis, Chicken Salad Chick, Bistro to Go, Fat Calf, Franks, JAC, Hair Salons, Nail Salons, John Pickens, LE and Chalk, Simply Chic, Sportspectrum Superior Grill, Superior Steakhouse or Zuzul or a gift card of your choice. These are due to Mrs. Prothro by December 16, 2023.  


Key Club & Circle K Scholarship – The LaMissTenn District Foundation offers scholarships to Key Club Seniors and Circle K Members. All eligible Circle K Members and Senior Key Club members are invited to complete and submit a Scholarship Application. CLICK HERE for info and application.


Students – The Mendeleevian Society presents the 5th annual Mendeleevian Society Symposium Topic: Preserving Mother Nature:  Earth Day is Every Day.  Currently, we are accepting abstracts for selection into this year’s symposium. Scan one of the many QR codes around the school to join the Canvas class and see more details about submissions. Stop by Mrs. Comerford’s room 211 for more information or questions.  Deadline for submission is Friday, December 8th.  


Scholarship – The Krewe of Harambee Scholarship application is available in the Counseling Office or on the Class of 2024 Counseling Canvas page. Students must be from a single-parent home, have a 2.5 gpa or higher, and submit an essay. Deadline to apply is December 15.

Fishing Team Sign UpCLICK HERE for form.

Astra Club and Lyle Leaders – We are helping to provide gift cards for the Baseball Buzz Bash for their silent auction. These gift cards can be $10 – $25 or more, and each gift card would count one hour for each dollar spent so 10 hours for a $10 gift card. These are due to Mrs. Prothro by December 16, 2023.  We usually get lots to Starbucks so be creative so we will have a variety!


Student Opportunity – Applications for the Teen Advisory Committee are being accepted now through December 15, 2023.   Step Forward is looking for young people who are interested in partnering with other youth from around Louisiana who are passionate about making a difference. TAC members will be required to demonstrate a strong commitment to the three TAC focus areas: education, health, and engagement and to seek success for every child in North Louisiana.  TAC members will also be encouraged to represent Step Forward at conferences and special events. Students interested in applying should be between the ages of 14 to 18 or in grades 9th-12th enrolled in a Caddo Parish high school. Community, youth, and faith-based organizations and educators are invited to encourage youth who are interested in applying to fill out an online application which can be found at https://cfnla.org/tac/ Teen Advisory Committee members will be announced in early January 2024


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.
Students – If you are interested in creating and submitting a short film for Film Prize Jr. this year, see Mrs Smith in S307 as soon as possible.
ACT Boot Camp for December Test
When: Saturday, December 2
Time: 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Location: CE Byrd Learning Center
Cost: $100
Please contact Sherri Moss at 572-5507 to register!

EOC Testing Information

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.


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


Support Your Fellow Jackets!

BYRD BASEBALL BOOSTER- BLANKET SALES 2023-2024: 60 x 80 inch- C.E. Byrd School Spirit Blanket • Made of ultra soft materials • Hubay D-Luxe Blanket • $75 per blanket CLICK HERE for link.

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 – The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana is partnering with Sportspectrum for the annual Turkey Trot run on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23rd. We need volunteers the week of Thanksgiving – November 18 – 22 to help with race registration and packets at Sportspectrum.  We will also need volunteers at the event Thanksgiving morning on Nov. 23.  We would be very grateful if you would forward these volunteer opportunities to your students.

Sportspectrum: 6970 Fern Ave, Shreveport, LA 71105, Saturday, Nov 18 – Wednesday, Nov 22

Signup online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C4BAFAE2EA0FA7-45670508-volunteer#/

Race event: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov 23 at Stoner Boat Launch (off of Clyde Fant Pkwy) 857 E. Stoner Ave, Shreveport, LA 71104

Sign up online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C4BAFAE2EA0FA7-45672898-2023#/

Food Bank Contact: All students who volunteer will receive credit for school community service hours. Just contact Gene Haynes at the Food Bank at 318-675-2400, ext. 115 or ghaynes@foodbanknla.org


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.



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 20 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.

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 – 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.


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.


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.