Date Approved

5-31-2005

Embargo Period

4-14-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald

Subject(s)

Brigantine North Middle School (Brigantine City, N.J.); Parent-teacher relationships; Schools--Public relations--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of the study is to investigate whether mediums that become primary communications between the school district and the families within the middle school that focus on major events, educational practices, mission, goals, individual teacher communication and policies and procedures will affect a parent's perception of the school. The study focused on the impact of a monthly parental newsletter sent home to Brigantine North Middle School parents and if, in fact, it was beneficial as suggested by the New Jersey Indicators. The newsletter was distributed to students to bring home in addition to placement on the district website for all to view. The other mode of communication was Connect-Ed, a school-to-parent communication system enabled the school administrators to send personalized voice messages to the BNMS parents in minutes. Parents were surveyed by the district at the end of the year once again to see if views had changed since the newsletter publication and Connect-Ed inception. While the results, with positive responses Strongly Agree and Agree having over an 85 percent approval rating, show an overall satisfaction with the programs, the results show that the area most in need of improvement is the individual teachers' communication with the parents. The parents, as a whole believe, as seen within the percentages, that the school communicates regular events on a daily basis.

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