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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.

October 2015

Dear SBS Families,

Once again, welcome to school year 2015-16! Summer has officially ended we are off to a great start.

Thank you to all of our families who attended our “Back to School Nights.” This was a great opportunity to meet the staff and to visit your child’s classroom. 

Our All-School RISE meetings will take place in the All-Purpose Room on the last school day of each month.  Parents are always welcome to join us for All-School Meetings.  Each meeting is facilitated by our Student School Planning Team (SSPT) and includes a variety of shares, songs, and “energizers” from our student body.  The September meeting will take place at 2:30pm on Wednesday, 9/30 and the October "Halloween" All-School Meeting will take place at 2:30pm on Friday, 10/30.  

Student score reports for the spring 2015 (SBAC) Smarter Balanced Assessments have been sent home to all parents/guardians of students in grades 3-8.  As a new, baseline test, 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:

• 1pm Early Dismissal on Wednesday, October 7 for teacher Professional Development Day

• No School on Monday, October 12 in observance of Columbus Day

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


Matthew Nittoly

Executive Director