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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 through the virtual classroom of Zoom, rather than together in person, band directors, student leaders, and regu...

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. And now, with the start of school extended to Sept. 8, students have even more time to relax. But if you are like me and need something to do, I have ...

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...

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...

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