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Fake Bowie Instagram account posts a #WhiteOutSunday photo

An Instagram account with the username @JamesBowieHighSchool posted a plain white background with the hashtag #WhiteOutSunday on Sunday, June 14.

Faith Lawrence, Managing Editor

June 16, 2020

On Sunday, June 14, an Instagram account with the username @JamesBowieHighSchool posted a photo of a plain white background with the caption #WhiteOutSunday, a hashtag seemingly meant to discredit the hashtag #BlackOutTuesday which was created as a way for social media users to stand together agains...

Local stores that are still open for business

All locations of the local South Asian supermarket, Man Pasand, are open with limited hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and sell all sorts of South Asian products, produce, spices, and frozen foods.

Shikha Patel, Online Managing Editor

April 21, 2020

Big production supermarkets and grocery stores such as H-E-B, Costco, Randalls, and Whole Foods are packed right now. Due to high demand for groceries as well as implementing social distancing rules, many of the supplies you are looking for may be sold out. Luckily for Austin residents, there are many...

Virtual spirit week

Virtual spirit week

Kaitlyn Zellner, Online Editor In Chief

April 3, 2020

In hopes of boosting student morale during this weird time of virtual learning, newspaper advisor Michael Reeves has launched a virtual spirit week for the first week back after the long break. Classes will resume on the sixth and will be held on Zoom. The four day week will be divided into A and B d...

School closures extended until May 4

Travis Country had 244 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of noon on Tuesday, March 31, according to the City of Austin's website.

Faith Lawrence, Managing Editor

March 31, 2020

In accordance with President Donald Trump’s extension of social distancing policies for 30 more days announced on Sunday, March 29, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made an executive order on Tuesday, March 31 to extend the same policies through the end of April. Part of this order will extend all Texas sch...

Trump extends Coronavirus precautions until April 30

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States currently has over 140,000 cases of coronavirus and over 2,400 deaths.

Faith Lawrence, Managing Editor

March 30, 2020

President Donald Trump announced Sunday, March 29 that his administration will extend social distancing guidelines until April 30 to stop, limit or halt the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus, across the country. This announcement is an extension of the White House’s program called “15 Days to Slow the S...

AISD schools extend closures until April 13

Austin Independent School District announced early on Wednesday, March 25 that all schools in the district would be closed until Monday, April 13 and students as well as staff should be prepared for longer closures. 

Faith Lawrence, Managing Editor

March 25, 2020

Austin Independent School District announced early on Wednesday, March 25 that all schools in the district would be closed until Monday, April 13 and students as well as staff should be prepared for longer closures.  This extended closure was set in place in response to an announcement made Tuesday, ...

The College Board offers online review sessions for AP tests

The College Board announced it will be offering free, live, 45-minute review sessions for Advanced Placement (AP) classes in preparation for AP tests.

Faith Lawrence, Managing Editor

March 25, 2020

The College Board announced it will be offering free, live, 45-minute review sessions for Advanced Placement (AP) classes in preparation for AP tests. These sessions will be taught by AP teachers across the country beginning on Wednesday, March 25.  These classes will be available for students to acce...

UIL extends suspension all its activities due to COVID-19 precautions

UIL extends suspension all its activities due to COVID-19 precautions

Faith Lawrence, Managing Editor

March 19, 2020

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced in a press release on Thursday, March 19 that it will extend its suspension of all UIL activities such as contests, rehearsals and practices until Monday, May 4 if nothing changes.  However, UIL will allow its member schools a period of time fo...

All STAAR tests for 2019-2020 cancelled, graduation requirements changed

All STAAR tests for 2019-2020have been cancelled and graduation requirements have been changed due to COVID-19.

Faith Lawrence, Managing Editor

March 19, 2020

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released information on Wednesday, March 18 regarding the 2019-2020 school year, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests and graduation requirements.  On Monday, March 16, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the state would waive all STAAR te...

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