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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...

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

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.
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...

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

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.
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,...

Band adapts to social distancing protocols with nontraditional summer camp

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.
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...

The Dispatch guide to enhanced productivity in an extended summer

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.
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....

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....

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...

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...

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