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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.

September 2016

Dear Side by Side Families,

Once again, welcome to school year 2016-17!  The fall season is officially here and we are off to a great start.

Thank you to all of our PreK-5th grade families who attended the lower school “Back to School Night” last week.  This was one of our highest attended Back to School Nights yet!  We look forward to seeing this trend continue with our grade 6-8 families at our Upper School “BTSN” on Thursday, 9/29.

Last Friday’s “International Night” again proved to be one of the favorite school events at Side by Side.  The diverse assortment of foods and cultures being showcased exemplified what Side by Side is all about. Thank you to all SBS staff and families who were a part of it!

Our All-School RISE meetings will take place in the SBS gymnasium on the last school day of each month.  Parents are welcome to join us for All-School Meetings each month.  Each meeting is facilitated by our Student School Planning Team (SSPT) and includes a variety of shares, songs, and “energizers” from our student body.  This month’s meeting will take place at 2:30pm on Friday, 9/30/16.

Student score reports from the Spring 2016 (SBAC) Smarter Balanced Assessments have been sent home to all parents/guardians of students in grades 3-8.  Side by Side’s overall test results were promising and indicate that our efforts to transition to the Common Core are working.  However, these test results also indicate areas in which we need to improve.  The Side by Side teaching and administrative staff have already begun to analyze individual student results.  Our instructional plans and professional development for the year are based on this data.

Please be reminded:

  • No School on Monday, October 3 in observance of Rosh Hashanah
  • No School on Wednesday, October 12 in observance of Yom Kippur

I look forward to seeing and getting to know all of you as the year progresses.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time at extension 133 or mnittoly@sbscharter.org.

Mr. Nittoly