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Side by Side is a regional public charter school located in the heart of downtown South Norwalk. As specified in our charter, our integrated student population reflects the diversity of our surrounding community. The 235 students of Side by Side, grades Pre-K through 8th, represent several surrounding Connecticut towns and cities.

Like all charter schools, Side by Side functions independently from any local or traditional public school system. At Side by Side, our innovative approaches toward education allow us to actively and equally involve parents, teachers, and students in our day-to-day operations.

Jan/Feb 2020

Dear SBS Families:

Happy 2020! We have been fortunate to experience mostly mild weather so far this winter.  However, please be mindful of the day-to-day, sporadic changes in temperatures in our region.  Please remember to send your children to school dressed appropriately for frigid temps (gloves, hats scarves, etc.)  Thus far we have been fortunate to not experience many delays or cancellations as a result of winter weather.  When (if) the time comes, please remember that you will be notified of any delays/closures via a variety of communications (phone and email blast to all families; website update; Local news affiliates; SBS social media feeds.)  If you feel you are not receiving any phone/email alerts from Side by Side, please contact Evelyn at ext 130.

Our innovative and successful approach to Science and STEAM instruction in the Side by Side Upper School has been receiving much deserved recognition from the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE).  CSDE has recently launched a new “Learn Together, Grow Together CT” initiative for the purpose of highlighting districts addressing common issues and problems through innovative approaches, ideas and strategies that are producing successful outcomes. Side by Side’s approach to implementing the Next Generation Science Standards through the lens of our school mission is the most recently published contribution to this initiative.  A synopsis of our program can be found on the CSDE website at: https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Learn-Together-Grow-Together-CT (in the Innovative Teaching and Learning section).  In addition to the request to publish our instructional practices, Side by Side also hosted a visit from CSDE consultants who were eager to see our STEAM instruction in person.

In other Teaching and Learning at Side by Side news:
•    Winter MAP Growth testing is completed, and lower elementary students will have completed their fluency assessments by the end of this week. 
•    Our annual Common Ground artist residency for 7th grade partnership is getting ready to launch, with teachers collaborating with the artist this week and the student museum visit to launch the project taking place on Monday, 2/4. The artist this year is New York based interactive installation/sculptor artist, Risa Puno. Her most recent installation, entitled “The Privilege of Escape,” featured an artist designed escape room. Much of her work uses interactivity and play to help us better understand how we relate to each other

Reminder, School is closed for President’s Weekend from Thursday 2/13 – Monday, 2/17.  

Stay warm!

Regards, 

Mr. Nittoly