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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.

December 2016

Dear Side by Side Families,

There is an early dismissal at 1:30pm on Friday, 12/23, which marks the start of the holiday break. SBS will be closed for holiday recess from Monday, 12/26/16 – Monday, 1/2/17.

Upon returning from our break, we will be nearing the halfway point of the school year! Here is a summary of some important happenings at Side by Side that you may not be aware of:

In January we will be administering our 2nd round of the NWEA MAP assessments to all students in K-8th grade.  Since 2015 Side by Side has been granted funding via the Peter and Lucia Buck Foundation to use these tests to inform and improve our teaching and learning practice.  These tests are administered 3 times per year and provide immediate formative assessment data to help structure curriculum and instruction plans for all children.  The MAP assessments help to build individualized growth targets for each child based on their performance. 

Side by Side administration and teachers have been meeting regularly to discuss our yearly Student Learning Objectives (SLOs).  Side by Side’s teacher and administrator evaluation plan requires that each faculty member is responsible for identifying two annual SLOs; one based on standardized assessment data and one based on a student performance task.  During these meetings we discuss progress towards reaching these objectives and review data to determine which standards of instruction need to be focused on.

On January 27 our 8th grade class will be spending a day at Fairfield University as part of the MLK Youth Leadership Academy.  They will participate in workshops facilitated by the University faculty, where they will learn leadership skills, including conflict resolution, anti-bullying techniques and more. We are thrilled to add this new found opportunity to the Side by Side calendar.

On behalf of Side by Side I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy & healthy holiday season!

Mr. Nittoly