I am grateful to serve as the principal of Flathead High School. Educating the Kalispell community since 1898, our high school has adapted over the years to meet the needs of our young adults. I’m proud of our 1,550 students and 150 staff members, who come to school each day here on the west side of Kalispell.
Our student body comes from a relatively large geographical area in the valley. Coming from as far west as Marion, south past Lakeside, and east to Creston, Cayuse Prairie, and Deer Park, our students represent a large swath of the Flathead Valley. Half of our student body is from these outlying partner schools, and the other half comes from Kalispell Middle School. These students come together as freshmen and become a cohesive group over their four year tenure as part of the Brave Nation.
This year, we celebrate our Flathead pride with our school theme, “Carry the Tradition.” Over the years, we’ve had many fun traditions that deepen our sense of pride and community. Painting the “F” west of town, marching on Main Street during the Homecoming Parade, cheering during crosstown events, and honoring accomplishments through events like the Walk of Champions for state championships are just a few of our traditions.
To me, an important FHS tradition is acceptance and community. We always speak of the Flathead Family, and every day we live it. Our students are accepting of each other and work hard to achieve excellence whatever their path may be, from the Full IB Diploma to Automotive to Theater & Fine Arts and more. We strive to educate the whole child, providing outstanding academic opportunities. Our International Baccalaureate tradition is anchored in academic rigor. Our concurrent enrollment courses provide opportunity for college credit in our partnership with FVCC. Other programs gain national recognition, from our Speech & Debate, fine arts, vocational, and athletics. Embedded in these programs is a commitment to social and emotional wellness, service to others, and learning to be a productive adult.
I always say we have the best students in our school, and I truly believe it. It’s going to be a great year!
Michele Paine, Principal