Message from the Principal

Reflections of the 2020-2021 School Year

Congratulations to the students, staff, and parents of Big Piney High School for being so flexible, following the required COVID safety guidelines, and rebounding from a 2020 spring quarter that saw the pace of learning slow or even pause as we were forced to shut our school doors. I purposefully used the term “rebound” as the majority of our state assessment scores did in fact show that tremendous growth was made during this past school year. Beyond our assessment scores, I am extremely proud of how our students and staff handled the many challenges we faced this past year. The support that was given to each other made it possible for both students and staff to keep their focus on learning and growing. The following are just a few of the recorded highlights of the 2020-2021 school year.

#1. We had one school-wide goal this year and that was to remain in Tier I (In person instruction). I firmly believe the accomplishment of this goal allowed other very positive events to occur during the school year. Some of these accomplishments are listed below.

#2. Reaching all three ACT goals set by the junior class:

  1. Get 80% of the juniors to pre-take the ACT before the state assessment. (100% registered, one student was physically unable to test)

  2. Beat the projected state composite average of 19.3.

(we scored a 20.49)

  1. Each student also had an individual goal of improving their earlier composite score.

#3. Sophomore WY-TOPP scores put them well above the state average in all three content areas - ELA, Math, and Science. The ELA score of 79% Advanced or Proficient is the highest WY-TOPP score we have ever recorded.

#4. Successful completion of all athletic/activity programs:

Every sport and activity program competed this year (some virtually) but our students received the benefits of school sponsored activities which really helped keep the year positive for students and the entire community. The boys basketball team brought home a 2nd place trophy from the state tournament and the girls team qualified for the state tournament for the first time in eighteen years. The boys and girls track teams also brought home hardware from the state meet by placing 4th.

#5. State-Wide Academic Awards:

The class of 2021 had two University of Wyoming Trustee Scholarship recipients - Muriel Jones and Jakobi Hibbert. Jakobi and Carlos Munoz were awarded the Casper Proud to Host the Best Scholarships that represent one student-athlete male and female from each athletic classification. Britney Jones won the BPHS Trig-Star math contest and her score was also the top score in the state of Wyoming. A Math State Champion for BPHS!

#5. The state-wide TEAMS competition resulted in BPHS bringing home two state championship banners, one in the junior/senior division and one in the freshmen/sophomore division. This is the second year in a row a team from our school has won a state title in this STEAM competition - congrats coach Michelle Hymas and students!

#6. Seven individuals earned All-State honors in Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Track, and SkillsUSA. We also had two individual state champions (Muriel Jones in the 1,600 meter and 3,200 Meter Runs, and Blade Hibbert in SkillsUSA Machining).

Looking forward to achieving and growing more during the upcoming school year that begins on August 25!