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Senior Send-Off Salute allows the Class of 2020 to take one last lap around campus

Senior Elizabeth Cluchey beams as she waves to her beloved teachers. Cluchey said that upon reflection of her high school career, it would be the family she had in the Starlight Theatre Company that she will miss the most.

Cade Spencer, Managing Editor

June 8, 2020

No senior of the Class of 2020 could have predicted that the end of their senior year would consist of self-isolation and social distancing. Although there is yet to be an official graduation ceremony, loud cheers of ‘congratulations!’ still rang across the Bowie campus during the Senior Send-Off Salu...

Reopening Task Force formed to plan for the 2020-2021 school year

Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz has formed a Reopening Task Force to plan for the possibility of a modified school year. As of now, the Austin Independent School District Board has approved a calendar that would follow the form of a traditional year from August to May.

Cade Spencer, Managing Editor

May 29, 2020

Since March 13, all Austin Independent School District (AISD) facilities have practiced a form of remote learning in response to prolonged campus closures. Last week, the AISD Board held a meeting to discuss school education in the 2020-2021 school year. “The board has approved a calendar,” AI...

Online school poses a threat to accessible education

High school students across the nation have had to adjust to a new form of remote learning, online school, as school facilities have been closed to ensure social distancing. In order to increase participation in remote learning, Austin Independent School District has supplied students with Chromebooks and WiFi busses.

Maya Amador, Commentary Editor

May 26, 2020

Public school has its fair share of problems. From bullying to overwhelming amounts of work, students often talk about their grievances with public schools. While those problems are very much real, along with a few others, online school has raised more issues than expected.   Due to the Coronavirus, schools in Texas have been out since late March and will be for ...

Softball athletes reflect on their scrapped season

Senior Emily Lear runs across the field with her eyes on the ball. She played middle infield and outfield on varsity before the season was cut short.

Naya Tillisch, Sports Editor

May 21, 2020

Bright lights, tough games, big crowds, and bus rides are things that softball players experience often. However, this season was different than most as a result of COVID-19, for senior team members, such as Emily Lear, had their final season come to an end after only four district games. “We got th...

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstrate a powerful message of unity

Six U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over hospitals in the Austin community. The flyover is part of the Air Force’s national #AmericaStrong campaign where they perform flyovers to honor and recognize the crucial work of the nation’s health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cade Spencer, Managing Editor

May 20, 2020

The jets announce their arrival with a loud rumble that almost seems to shake the ground. As if they are shooting star, the jets dart quickly into the distance, leaving only a light tremble behind.  On Wednesday, May 13, six F-16C/D Fighting Falcons (Thunderbirds) of The U.S. Air Force performed a flyo...

Texas reopen policy could be harmful if not executed correctly

As of Monday, May 18, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has implemented phase two of his reopening Texas plan. Within phase two, gyms and athletic facilities, office buildings, and non-essential manufacturing sites will be able to resume operations at limited capacities.

Anna Holme, Dispatch Reporter

May 18, 2020

As Texas is beginning to reopen its economy as the stay-at-home order is slowly lifted, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding what this means for the health of Texans and businesses across the state. While I myself am not a fan of self-isolation, I believe that jumping into things too soon can do more...

Thank you to all essential workers from The Dispatch staff

Junior Brooke Forsyth poses for a photo while working a shift at Sonic. Under Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s orders, essential businesses such as restaurants like Sonic will remain open during quarantine but must follow social distancing policies.

Faith Lawrence, Managing Editor

May 14, 2020

Being stuck in a nationwide quarantine for almost 10 weeks has proved to be a struggle for me. I am finding that the longer quarantine continues, the less motivation I have to do simple things like write an essay, work on math problems or even just go outside and walk my dog, which I’m sure many o...

Student Council elections for the 2020-2021 school year will be held virtually

Student Council elections for the 2020-2021 school year will be held virtually

Arushi Sharma, Dispatch Reporter

May 7, 2020

Because of extended school closures, many end of year events and traditions have been postponed, modified, or canceled completely. One of the many important events that have been affected by the cancellation of school are elections for the Student Council, an annual occurrence that lets rising juniors and se...

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces phase two of reopening will go into effect on May 8

In a press conference, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that phase two of the Texas reopening plan would be implemented on Friday, May 8. In an effort to open more businesses in Texas, Abbott will allow hair salons, among other types of salons, to open on Friday as long as customers and stylists continue to use masks and other personal protective equipment  (PPE).

Cade Spencer, Managing Editor

May 6, 2020

On Tuesday, May 5, Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference to announce the implementation of the second phase of his plan to reopen Texas. Phase one of the plan, which allowed for retail stores, malls, movie theatres, and restaurants to operate at 25% capacity, was put into effect on Friday, May 1 after Abbott released Executive Order No. GA-18. As o...

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