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Isolation. Separation from friends. Interrupted routines. Canceled extracurriculars. Prolonged time indoors. Endless hours spent staring at a computer screen doing busy-work. Little things like hugs and parties, no longer considered safe. Missing out on a year’s worth of activities.

Mental health: COVID-19

Faith Lawrence, Editor-in-Chief May 24, 2021

One year of quarantine has proved to be detrimental to teen mental health, but the widespread release of the vaccines gives students some hope Isolation. Separation from friends. Interrupted routines....

Class of 2020 alumni Emma Davis (left) receives the cover of her high school diploma at the Class of 2020 Graduation Walk event alongside her mother and Bowie science teacher Jessica Davis (middle) and Principal Mark Robinson (right). Although she did enjoy the adapted graduation ceremony, Davis expressed her hope that more teachers are allowed to attend the Graduation Walk for the Class of 2021 as she believes it would make the event more enjoyable and personable.

Class of 2021 graduation ceremony adapted to “Graduation Walk” event

Cade Spencer, Editor-in-Chief March 4, 2021

Traditionally, the official senior class graduation event is held at the Frank Erwin Center, welcoming thousands of students, family members, and friends to attend. However, on March 1, 2021, Principal...

The Bulldog Breakdown 12/4: Revised final exam schedule and Build Up Bowie fundraiser for air purifiers

The Bulldog Breakdown 12/4: Revised final exam schedule and Build Up Bowie fundraiser for air purifiers

Cade Spencer, Editor-in-Chief December 5, 2020

“The Bulldog Breakdown” is a weekly news brief column that serves as an announcement board for upcoming events and opportunities in the Bowie community. On Mondays, “The Bulldog Breakdown” is published...

At a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site, health care workers perform rapid COVID-19 tests on individuals in a drive through format. Starting on Wednesday, Dec. 2 and ending on Friday, Dec. 4, Austin Independent School District will offer rapid testing at six locations for participants in on-campus instruction that want to ensure they are not carriers of the virus. After an initial week of remote  learning, on-campus instruction is projected to resume on Monday, Dec. 7.

AISD activates COVID-19 rapid testing program to ensure student and staff safety after November break

Cade Spencer, Editor-in-Chief November 30, 2020

Large family gatherings with exciting games, potlucks, and celebrations are traditional cornerstones of the Thanksgiving holiday. However, in the era of COVID-19, the typical family celebrations had to...

As of Monday, Nov. 2, Reopening Phase 3 will officially be activated. The main difference between Phase 2 and Phase 3 is the introduction of the new hybrid model, which allows for an increased number of students to participate in on-campus instruction.

Reopening Phase 3 offers new hybrid model for on-campus instruction

Cade Spencer, Editor-in-Chief October 31, 2020

Since the implementation of Reopening Phase 2 on Oct. 5, less than 100 students have returned to campus to participate in Stationary Homeroom Instructional Pods (SHIPs). However, as of Monday, Nov. 2,...

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

Cade Spencer, Managing Editor September 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,...

Director of Bands Garth Gundersen instructs a group of students through Zoom. Since the official band camp has ended, the program has continued to host rehearsals allowing students to practice their skills and strengthen their bonds with peers.

Band adapts to social distancing protocols with nontraditional summer camp

Azul Lin, Dispatch Reporter August 28, 2020

In years past, marching together in the sweltering heat of Austin summers, band students united to practice creating their symphony of music. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the band to meet...

On Thursday, August 6, the AISD School Board voted to prolong the start of school to Sept. 8. When school does begin, the initial four weeks will be virtual, and remote learning will continue through November with the option for students to attend SHIP classroom on campus after the initial four weeks of school.

The Dispatch guide to enhanced productivity in an extended summer

Arushi Sharma, Dispatch Reporter August 17, 2020

It is an understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives. Stay at home orders, social distancing, and a fear of getting sick has made it difficult to enjoy this summer break....

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.

Two phase school reopening plan announced for Fall semester

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....

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