Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Cheryl Salway, Supervisor of C&I
Ms. Salway is a 1997 graduate of The Catholic University of America where she majored in political science and minored in history. During her college years she worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the community pool in her hometown of Clark, NJ. Teaching swimming lessons inspired Ms. Salway to become a teacher. Upon graduation from CUA she attended Kean University where she received her teacher certification in elementary education, K-8. She also holds a Teacher of Social Studies certification, K-12. While teaching in the Montgomery Township School District, Ms. Salway received her Masters at Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum & Teaching with a reading and writing concentration.
Before arriving at SBS in the Fall of 2021, Ms. Salway spent 15 years teaching middle school English in the Spring Lake School District where she received the honor of being the Governor's Educator of the Year in 2019-2020. During her tenure in Spring Lake, she served as the acting principal, lead teacher, grade 8 advisor, and softball coach. Additionally, during her time in Spring Lake, Ms. Salway returned to Kean University to receive supervisor and principal certifications.
Ms. Salway resides in Point Pleasant Borough where she is a veteran member of the Point Pleasant Borough Board of Education and has recently assumed the role of Board of Education President. Ms. Salway is a lector at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Bay Head and an active member of the Bay Head Shores Property Owners Association. In her free time, Ms. Salway enjoys grabbing sushi with her daughter, Cassidy Erin; cuddling with her Cavalier King Charles, Fin; and reading books checked out from the Ocean County Library. Ms. Salway is a devout fan of the New York Mets and is a firm believer in the team’s catchphrase “Ya gotta believe”, especially when it comes to students.
Fall '22 Letter to Parents
Dear SBS Parent/Guardian,
I am writing to provide you with information about the 2022 Start Strong Individual Student Reports (ISRs), and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Student Profile Narratives (SPNs), which will be sent home to you in the upcoming weeks.
The Start Strong ISR’s are also available in the NJ Parent Portal. There is one report for each content area in which your student tested. To view the ISRs in the parent portal, parents/guardians must create an account. If you do not already have one, then use the claim code provided on the ISR. The Start Strong assessments, administered in grades four through eight, were designed to inform instruction by providing educators—as well as parents —with an early indication of the level of support students may need as they enter a new school year. The ISRs are meant to give you a sense of your student’s understanding in the tested content areas. On the first page, you will see that your student was assigned a “support level” indicating how much support they may need in the content area during this school year. The second page includes a description of the major concepts that were assessed and the number of points your student earned for each one.
Please keep in mind that Start Strong assesses students on a subset of priority standards from the prior school year. For instance, a fifth-grade Start Strong mathematics test focused on fourth-grade New Jersey Student Learning Standards. You can use this ISR as a starting point for discussions with your student and your student’s teacher(s). For instance, you may want to ask, “What additional supports are available to help my student during the school day and beyond regular school hours?” or “How will I know if my student is improving?”
The CogAT, administered to all students in kindergarten through eighth grade, is used as one of the multiple measures for placement into our Gifted and Talented program. CogAT measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most closely related to success in school:
- The Verbal Battery measures students’ abilities to reason with words/verbal images and concepts. These reasoning abilities play an important role in reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and virtually all verbal learning tasks.
- The Quantitative Battery measures students’ abilities to reason with quantitative symbols and concepts. These reasoning skills are significantly related to problem solving in mathematics and other disciplines.
- The Nonverbal Battery measures students’ abilities to reason with geometric shapes and figures. To perform successfully, students must accurately implement strategies for solving novel problems.
The three separate batteries provide a broad perspective on each student’s learned reasoning abilities, identifying cognitive strengths and weaknesses. For more information on understanding your child’s CogAT scores.
If you have further questions, you can contact your child’s teacher or me at firstname.lastname@example.org.