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BPHS Principal Message

Jeff Makelky BPHS Principal
  
  Jeff Makelky- Principal

Welcome BPHS Students and Parents,

 On behalf of the staff at Big Piney High School, I would like to welcome all students and their parents or guardians to the 2018-2019 School Year.  The upcoming school year provides a new opportunity for students to achieve at the highest level possible.  A caring and professional staff is in place along with the resources needed to assist our students in their quest for the knowledge and skills necessary to be college and career ready. 

 

What’s new at Big Piney High School this year?

(Students)

We are excited to have forty-five incoming freshmen and eight new students including three foreign exchange students from Thailand, Serbia, and the Czech Republic. Our current enrollment grades 9 – 12 is 170 students.  Thanks for choosing BPHS!

(Staff)

We are very fortunate to have hired a terrific group of new staff to help us serve the students in our school. Faith Howard joins the BPHS Staff where she is serving as an English Language Arts instructor for sophomores and seniors.  Ms. Howard also co-teaches a World Studies class.  Jennie Kozeal transitioned into the Family Consumer Science position at both the high school and middle school.  Ashley York is our new Library Aide along with paraprofessionals Melody Grazin and Heather Farenbaugh.  Megan Smith serves as both our attendance clerk/receptionist as well as an assistant to the activity director.  Please introduce yourself to our new staff members and welcome them to our school community. 

(Courses)

Three new elective courses are being offered this year – Digital Photography, Graphic Design, and Spanish III.  With last year’s addition of Music Production, Percussion, Zero Hour Sports Weights, and Sports Nutrition, we have added seven new elective offerings at Big Piney High School in the past two years.

(Canvas)

All high school teachers are implementing a new learning management system called Canvas.  Canvas supplements PowerSchool and helps teachers enhance digital instruction and learning as well as provides an opportunity for parents to be more involved with their student’s learning.  We are still learning about all the potential benefits of this new program, so please be patient as we learn together.  Parent access to Canvas is scheduled to begin in January.

(New Parent Advisory Group)

High school parents are encouraged to get involved in our monthly gatherings to promote two-way communication, set and work toward goals that will help our students be successful and increase parent involvement in their student's education. The next meeting will be held on October 22 at 6:00 pm in the Media Center – All are Welcome!

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