BPHS Principal Message

Jeff Makelky- Principal
  Jeff Makelky- Principal


Big Piney High enjoyed a tremendously successful fall, the following are just a few of the success stories our students achieved.

Attendance Rate:  

I would argue that our single biggest student accomplishment this fall was our excellent attendance rate. Monthly attendance rates from August through October ranged from 93% to 99%, for an overall attendance rate of 95%. This has been our school goal for the last five years and we have been very close but have never achieved the overall rate of 95%. We have shared with our students, that if we achieve a 95% attendance rate for the entire year, the principal will be celebrating with a school-wide BBQ.

Volleyball Team Achieves Top GPA:

All fall activities (Volleyball, Football, Girls’ Swim and the Cheer team) were recognized by the WHSAA with either Distinguished GPA certificates (3.0 – 3.4) or Outstanding GPA certificates (3.5 – 4.0).  The volleyball team was our top academic achieving activity as they earned a team GPA of 3.66.

Fall Teams Finish in the Top Four at State:

In addition to their excellent performance in the classroom, our fall student-athletes finished in the top four in each activity area.  The Puncher Volleyball Team brought home a Regional Championship and a 3rd place finish at the state meet. The football team finished second in the conference, hosted and won a state playoff game and advanced to the semi-final round before ending their season.  The combined Sublette County Swim Team also finished strong by placing fourth at the 3A State Swim Meet.

Individual All-State/School Records/Casper Star Super 25:

Eight Punchers earned All-State honors in their respective activity. These include:

·         Grace Tanner – Volleyball

·         Cadee Major – Volleyball

·         Chancy Hunt – Football

·         Tristan Barney – Football

·         Jake Pape – Football

·         TJ Frazier - Football

·         Rachel Howard – State Choir

·         Austin Hill – State Choir

In addition, the following new pool records were set in girls’ swimming:

·         McKenzi Davison – 50 Free and 100 Free

·         McKenzi Davison and Israel Seemann – 400 Free Relay


Jake Pape was selected to the Casper Star Tribune Super 25 Football Team for 2017, the first BPHS selection since 2006.  Congratulations BPHS student-athletes, on a tremendously successful fall in the classroom and in your activities!


Beginning in January, juniors at Big Piney High School will embark on their annual ACT prep program.  Juniors will be using their Advisory periods two days a week to help them prepare for success on the state exam in April.  Any student interested in the prep program can access all preparation materials any time of the day.  To check these materials out students can click on the link provided http://www.ontocollege.com/. Thus far, 70% of our junior class has pre-taken the ACT.  We have one final ACT date in February before the state ACT assessment.  Registration deadline is January 12.  Students can go to www.act.org to register online. We encourage 100% of our students to take the ACT several times before settling on their best score. Hathaway and many other scholarship opportunities are based in part on a student’s ACT score.