Message from the Principal

Big Piney High School Principal Jeff Makelky

March 24, 2020

Dear BPHS Parents,

I hope this communication finds you and your family healthy and missing school! As we navigate the uncertainty that the Covid19 virus will have on our community, one thing is certain; we will strive to continue to provide the best learning environment possible for our students.

Our focus at Big Piney High School during the state closure through April 3rd will be the following. First, this is a great window of opportunity for students who are missing work already assigned to get caught up. Please check Canvas or email your teacher to make arrangements for make-up work. If you are enrolled in a credit recovery class with Mrs. Greenwood, please make as much progress as you can. If you need her assistance, email her at Secondly, if your student is enrolled in a college online class (College English, College Government or an elective college course) these courses are continuing with assignments and deadlines. Make these classes a priority at this time. Finally, you may see “enrichment” opportunities via Canvas or your school email, so please keep checking your courses in Canvas for communication from your teachers.

If you have students that would like to sign up for the breakfast or lunch program, please go to the District website at to do so. All building phone lines are being routed through the District Office, so if you need to contact someone directly, please call 276-3322.

Looking ahead (beyond the state closure of April 3) we are gearing up to either resume regular school attendance, or a more likely scenario, online learning. If we are not allowed back in our building beyond this two-week closure, the staff at BPHS is confident that we can provide our students opportunities to gain essential learning skills not yet covered. Canvas will be the primary delivery system used by our teachers to ensure essential learning continues. We will be calling on parents to ensure students spend time working on their courses. If an assessment is necessary, it will need to be proctored by a parent/guardian ensuring the validity of the assessment. We will do everything in our power to keep assessments limited and provide only essential learning activities as we know the home environment can not match the captive 6.5 hours of daily in-person learning that we have depended upon. If you do not have access to the internet, please call the District Office and we will be contacting you to make other arrangements.

If ever the phrase “It takes a village to raise a young person” is true - it is now. Thank you for your efforts to keep education a priority in our school community, even during these challenging times. Please don’t hesitate to contact teachers or myself directly through our email if you need assistance or have questions.


Jeff Makelky

Principal/A.D. Big Piney High School

Big Piney High School Principal Jeff Makelky

Welcome BPHS Students and Parents,

The staff at Big Piney High School would like to welcome students and parents to the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The upcoming school year provides a new opportunity for students to achieve at their 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. Please be familiar with the critical information below:

§ FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - School begins Tuesday, August 27 at 8:10 am.

§ ONLINE REGISTRATION/STUDENT DEVICES- All parent and student signatures are required on the policy forms through online registration before school laptops will be distributed to students. Instructions are attached to this communication and can be found at www. Fall ATHLETES should have online registration completed as soon as possible.

§ PREVENT COSTLY REPAIR FEES - Students are encouraged to have a backpack with a protective sleeve for their school issued laptop to prevent repair costs that student will be responsible for.

§ NOTIFICATION OF ABSENCES - Please call in the morning on the day of the absence. Students with unexcused absences are considered truant and will need to make up the time missed. Student-athletes will not be able to participate (game or practice) on the day of an absence unless documentation of a medical appointment or pre-approved by the principal.

§ ACADEMIC LUNCH - Students with un-excused absences, excessive tardiness, failing grades or minor discipline issues will be assigned Academic Lunch with the principal or his designee.

§ NON SCHOOL DAYS - In addition to scheduled holidays and spring break, the following are non-school days for students (October 25, November 1, January 20, February 14, March 13, and April 10). These are great opportunities to schedule medical appointments to prevent missed school time. If your student participates in activities, please check with the coach as practice or contests may be scheduled.

As parents, my hope is that you will be an active participant in your student’s education at Big Piney High School. Feel free to contact the high school office regarding any questions you may have and stay in touch with school events by visiting the website at www.

Jeff Makelky

Principal / A.D. Big Piney High School