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Head of School Installation

September 26

Community Welcomes Mrs. Arnstein, Celebrates Charleston Day

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg joined us on Monday, September 24, for the installation of Judith Foley Arnstein as Head of School. Current students and a recent alumna shared what the Charleston Day experience means to them.

“For me, Charleston Day is more than a school. It’s a place where I learned much more than history or English,” said Austin Givens, a junior at Ashley Hall. “I was able to make unbreakable connections with both friends and faculty members — connections that remain intact today.”

Arnstein and group

L-R: Rutledge Young III, Emmie Hershey, Austin Givens, Mayor John Tecklenburg, Judith Arnstein, Ellen Smith

Austin was one of several speakers, including Mayor Tecklenburg, who offered words of welcome. Mrs. Arnstein started in her role at CDS in July after moving to Charleston from Lake Forest Country Day School in the Chicago area.

Students also took turns offering a welcome, and fifth and sixth graders sang, “A Million Dreams” from the movie, The Greatest Showman.

“I am new to Charleston Day School too,” a third grader told her. “I really love that everybody is nice and that the teachers are super nice. I hope you think so too.”

Installation Braylen

Mayor Tecklenburg was introduced to the students as the “boss of the city,” similar to how Mrs. Arnstein is the “boss of the school.” He commended the School for using the city as an extension of its campus, pointing out nearby places to visit such as City Hall and the new museum in Charleston’s fireproof building, which opened this month.

Installation John TecklenburgThank you so much for all that you do every day to make this the school that I wanted to be at. I look forward to everything that we will do together.

— Judith Foley Arnstein

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