Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Paul K. Puletti

Superintendent of Schools

A message from the Superintendent

Hendry County Citizens,

Hendry County’s public school system serves nearly 7,000 students in grades K-12 in six elementary, two middle, and two high schools.  A wide range of educationally beneficial experiences awaits each student who enters our schools, and we take great pride in seeing students’ progress academically through the grade levels as they reach the ultimate goal of high school graduation.


The Hendry County School System currently is graded a “C” by the State of Florida.  This grade is based on an average of the grades earned by each school, based on scores in reading, math, science, and writing in the third through the tenth grades.  Additionally, grades are determined by end of course examinations in certain math courses, and our high schools are graded on such measures as graduation rates and student participation and success in Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses.


We are working to improve that grade, and toward that end we have instituted academically rigorous reading and math programs at the elementary and middle school levels.  Elementary schools are using a variety of pull-out and enhancement programs.  Middle schools are working on instituting a new civics curriculum as well as honing student success in math and other courses they are taking for high school credit.  High school students will find an increased emphasis on college preparatory experiences offered through Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment opportunities, as well as several vocational academies and programs offered both in Clewiston and LaBelle.


A new initiative for our students is STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  By experiencing this program of studies, students will be better prepared for college studies and work experiences that a global marketplace is demanding of them.


Our teachers, principals, and administrators are working very hard to implement programs that will enhance student achievement and prepare us as we transition from FCAT to the Common Core Curriculum that will be implemented in 2014.


We can further enhance educational experiences for our students by cultivating partnerships with parents, businesses, and other community stakeholders.  We can give our students a better future by working together to provide our leaders of tomorrow with what they need today.  We hope you will contact our schools to schedule a visit or offer your services as a volunteer.

Remember, as Garrison Keillor said, no time spent working with children is ever wasted.  We look forward to serving Hendry County’s students, who are our leaders of tomorrow.