The Dispatch

Election Day is now a holiday for Austin ISD

Austin ISD has changed the student holiday that falls on Columbus day to Election day to prevent a greater spread of COVID-19.

Shikha Patel, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2020

The Austin Independent School District has changed the student holiday that falls on Monday, October 12th to November 3rd.  Oct. 12 was scheduled to be a holiday for Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Austin. However, Austin ISD has made the switch to Nov. 3 to limit the spread of COVID-...

The Dispatch responds to student and parents questions about the upcoming school year

Principal Mark Robinson, along with several staff members, hosted a virtual Community Fireside Chat to discuss the upcoming school year and answer several questions students and parents might have. The Fireside Chat provided answers for some of the questions in this article.

Faith Lawrence, Managing Editor

September 6, 2020

The Dispatch asked students and parents, via Instagram, what questions they had regarding the upcoming school year and then got answers from the Bowie Community Fireside Chat, the Bowie website, and the Austin Independent School District (AISD) website. “We recognize that there’s going to be c...

AISD Board votes to delay the start of school and extend period of remote learning

AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz presents the Board Action Items for the AISD Trustee Meeting on Thursday, August 6. The board voted unanimously to postpone the start of school date to Tuesday, September 8 and to submit a waiver to the Texas Education Agency to have an additional four weeks of remote learning for a total of eight weeks.

Faith Lawrence and Cade Spencer

August 7, 2020

The Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees unanimously voted early Friday, August 7 to delay the start of virtual learning until Tuesday, Sept. 8 and to petition the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to give the district a waiver for an additional four weeks of virtual learning.  “I ...

Two phase school reopening plan announced for Fall semester

On Thursday, August 6, Principal Mark Robinson announced a two phase reopening policy for the Fall semester. The Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board will vote on Thursday, August 6 to possibly push back the start date of the 2020-2021 school year and extended the initial period of remote learning.

Cade Spencer and Faith Lawrence

August 6, 2020

In order to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff, the Fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year will follow a modified format described in Principal Mark Robinson’s Star Newsletter. In the first phase of the plan, campus will continue to be closed to the public as students participate in three...

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...

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...

Maintaining relationships during quarantine

Junior Grace Burden cuts  boyfriend Robby Nethurcuts's hair in quarantine.

Shikha Patel, Online Managing Editor

May 28, 2020

Life under quarantine has altered the dynamics of many romantic relationships. Many Bowie couples went from spending 8 hours together at school to becoming completely isolated in their own homes.  Grace Burden and Robby Nethercut are one of the couples coping with the social distancing and shelter i...

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...

Record breaking amount of Bowie artists proceed to State VASE

Sophomore Juluissa Elias illustrates her dog in dramatic lighting. Elias explained that the hardest aspect of the creation process was making the dog in the painting resemble her own dog.

Sammie Thompson, Dispatch Reporter

May 19, 2020

Before school closures were in effect, several Bowie visual arts students competed in The Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE): an annual art competition in which students submit their work to be judged and possibly chosen to proceed to the state competition.   “The VASE Competition is a regional even...

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