Support Staff Spotlight: Joan Penzera

Maddie Morton Staff Writer Every other week, we will sit down with some of our amazing support staff and get to know them more. If you were unaware, our support staff that will be featured in this bi-weekly piece will be our Custodial staff, Security workers, Front desk, Behind the scenes/Student activities, and our Lunchroom operators. Be sure to check in every other week to get … Continue reading Support Staff Spotlight: Joan Penzera

An inside look at The Artisan

Madason Cornish Staff Writer Since 1985, The Artisan has been a special part of the Douglas Anderson community. However, few know who’s responsible. You may have heard about the Artisan in the school halls or perhaps you have picked up a copy of the magazine at the newspaper boxes and read it yourself. But have you ever wondered who’s behind the Artisan?   The Artisan staff is made up of thirteen … Continue reading An inside look at The Artisan

Behind the scenes of Cartesian Carl

Sarah Ermold Editor-in-Chief If you’ve ever been in the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts math building, then you might have run into the Math Department’s Public Relations (PR) Coordinator, Cartesian Carl.  Cartesian Carl, pronounced kaar-tes-zhn, was brought into the Math Department during the Summer of 2019. Since then, math teachers, Kinsey Gulamali and Chris Allen-Black have personified Carl through PR outings and updates across their main social media … Continue reading Behind the scenes of Cartesian Carl

Love Letters: Sophie Fagan and Wes Anderson

Abigail Gower Web Editor In Love Letters, The Artisan speaks with one senior from each arts area about an artist in their field who has been meaningful to them and their artistic practice. If you’re interested in participating in this series, you can express interest by sending a direct message to The Artisan’s Instagram account, @artisan_news. From bright pinks, yellows, and blues, it’s clear Wes … Continue reading Love Letters: Sophie Fagan and Wes Anderson

Principal Hammer bids DA goodbye

Sarah Ermold Editor-in-Chief Melanie Hammer has been a part of the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts community for the last seventeen years and has been the school’s principal since April of 2017.   Hammer started at DA as a math teacher after moving to Jacksonville from Atlanta, Ga., where she taught math at a dual magnet school. After being at the arts school in Atlanta, Hammer said she sort of gravitated to DA.   “This … Continue reading Principal Hammer bids DA goodbye

Students, teachers see value in schools teaching the history of 9/11

Kota Locklear Staff Writer Not one of the teenagers who walks the halls at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts has lived in a world where New York City’s Twin Towers existed. We don’t know what life was like before Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks brought down the World Trade Center, killing 2,977 people (this includes the attack on the Pentagon and passengers and … Continue reading Students, teachers see value in schools teaching the history of 9/11

Students balance safety and arts in DHR decision

When Duval County Public Schools students returned to class in August, they had to choose between attending classes on campus two days a week and virtually the other three, known as hybrid learning, or completely online through the new Duval HomeRoom program. Regardless of which option students chose, many Douglas Anderson students ended up with fewer arts area classes than they expected. Continue reading Students balance safety and arts in DHR decision