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Yellow Jacket Sports (January 1-January 7)

1/3  Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Benton at Byrd • 7:30 pm

1/3 Lady Jackets Soccer vs. Neville at Neville • 5:30 pm

1/3 JV Lady Jackets Soccer vs. Neville at Neville • 7:15 pm

1/5  Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Parkway at Away • 7:30 pm

1/6-1/7  Men’s Soccer EIL Tourney at Lafayette • TBD

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Deadline to register for the February 10th ACT, which is offered at Byrd, is TODAY Friday January 5th. 

If you did not receive a senior panoramic picture, you may order one online at:  www.goldbeckcompany.com


Key Club, Lyle Leaders, and Astra Club – For our winter service project we are going to be making blessing care bags for the homeless.  You will take a gallon bag and fill it with some of the items listed.  Go to the Dollar Tree or the Dollar Store and buy these items for adult men or women.  We will need more for men than women,  Hope Connections will use these for their outreach program.

  • Gloves
  • Thermal Socks or any kind of socks
  • Gloves and/or hat
  • Crackers
  • Beef Sticks
  • Candy Bars
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
  • Handi Wipes or Wet Ones
  • Deodorant
  • Soft Snacks
  • Hand Warmers
  • Mints
  • Gum
  • Lip Balm
  • Small Lotion

We will collect these through the end of January.  Mrs. Prothro has about 60 gallon size bags if you need one, come see her to get one to place your items in.  You will receive 3 hours for each bag with a limit of 3 per person.  Email Mrs. Prothro at MProthro@caddoschools.org  if you have any questions!


ACT Voucher- 

Lyle Leaders 10th, 11th and 12th Grades – We have been invited to the Junior Achievement Empower Student/Mentor Luncheon at the Shreveport Convention Center on Thursday, February 22nd at the Shreveport Convention Center.  There are only 40 spots available so it is on a first come first serve basis!   You can get a permission slip from Mrs. Prothro.  If you sign up, you must go, and you cannot change your mind at the last minute as they are paying for your lunch.
Key Club – We are collecting new Mardi Gras items to be sent to soldiers overseas.  Items include beads, cups, decorations or masks.  Two hours will be awarded for items received this week.  Bring them to Mrs. Rowe’s room 325.


Seniors- If you have completed 80 hours of community service in grades 9-12, you can receive a community service diploma endorsement. Students need to complete the student documentation form and return to Mrs. Byrd or Mrs. Prothro in the counseling office by January 12. Forms need to be signed by the person supervising the activity. Forms can be found here at Louisianabelieves.com You may submit multiple forms for different activities, as long as you have 80 total hours completed.


Peer Initiative members and anyone who would like to participate in December’s Random Acts of Kindness, please see Mrs. Richey in room S111.


Seniors – If you have volunteer hours from the past 4 years, please turn them into Mrs. Prothro before the Christmas holidays so you can qualify for the Community Service Endorsement on your diploma.  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Prothro in office 125.


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.


Dual Enrollment – Dual enrollment applications are now available for LSUS Spring enrollment. Students in the following courses can apply for dual enrollment at LSUS- Human Anatomy Dr. White only,  Medical Terminology, Precalculus, AP Statistics, AP Calculus, Physics I Honors, Physics AP, English IV enriched Carberry only, English IV AP. Byrd will pay for one core English, math, science, or social studies course/semester at either LSUS or LaTech, as long as funds are available. Students are encouraged to apply early. Instructions are available from these teachers, or in the Counseling Office. Please read all information carefully and complete all required steps. Deadline to apply is Friday, January 12, at 4pm. Please contact the 11the 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 LSUS Dual Enrollment – Deadline January 12, 2024 CLICK HERE for full details


Louisiana 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.


Students – We have begun accepting entries for this year’s copy of Perspectives, Byrd’s literary magazine. If you have a Canvas page for your students, please post this link that they can use to submit their writing (creative writing of all types) and visual art:
I will also put a flyer in your box with a QR code for entry in case that is more convenient for you and your students. Submissions are open until at least February 2Perspectives aims to represent the writing of our diverse student body, so please encourage students at every grade level and every instructional to submit. Submitting to Perspectives can be listed on academic resumes and – if the submission isn’t required by their teacher – usually counts towards their pursuit of National Honor Society awards.
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.

EOC Testing Information


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:

Student Opportunity – Due to forecasted inclement weather, Providence House staff has made the difficult decision to postpone its 5K HOME RUN 2023 originally scheduled for Saturday, December 2. But don’t fret – this gives you six more weeks to train! Please join us after the new year on Saturday, January 13. Same time, same place, same fun! If you have already registered, there is no need to re-register. For the rest of you, now is your chance to visit sportspectrumusa.com and sign up.




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

Scholarship Opportunity – The National Beta Club scholarship application is now open until January 18, 2024. Last year’s overall winner was from Louisiana!  Over 250 scholarships are awarded each year, ranging in value from $1,000 to $20,000. Incredibly, since 1991, Beta has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships.   12th grade students who are active National Beta members are eligible to apply and participate in the scholarship competition.  Selection of National Beta Scholarship winners is based on a number of factors with special emphasis on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, commendable character, school and community service, as well as National Beta Involvement. Applications for the Natl. Beta Club scholarship will also be used to determine finalists for the Louisiana Beta Club Robbie Scott scholarship. EVERY school in Louisiana should have an active Beta Club. CLICK HERE for application.


Scholarship – Catholic Daughters of the Americans Scholarship Information CLICK HERE


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.


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.


AFA’s Teen Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship ContestCLICK HERE for information and application.


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.


The Caddo School Counselors scholarship application for future edcuators is available in the Counseling Office or the Class of 2024 Counseling Canvas page. Students must have a 2.5/4.0 gpa and plan to attend LSU-Shreveport and major in education. Deadline to apply is March 8, 2024. 


Senior Information

The 2023-2024 Reynolds Foundation scholarship is available in the Counseling Office or on the Class of 2024 Canvas page. Deadline to apply is January 31. Students must graduate in the Spring 2024 and plan to enroll as a full-time student at at a 2 or 4 year college, or vocational school.


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 – 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 – If you plan to attend the University of Virginia as your top choice school and want to be nominated for the Jefferson Scholarship, please notify Mrs. Byrd in the Counseling Office.


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.


CLICK HERE for all scholarship opportunities.

CLICK HERE for a full list of community service opportunities.

CLICK HERE for a full list of contests.

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