State of the School Graphic Used to Celebrate a Year of Academic Success at James Otis Kaler Elementary School

The State of the School graphic was submitted by Bonnie Hicks, Principal of James O. Kaler Elementary School.

James Otis Kaler Elementary school in South Portland is celebrating student learning with State of the School. Through this unique tool, they are able to articulate the things they are proud of with their surrounding community and beyond.

For example, math and literacy scores are on the rise this year.  Students at the school were also able to produce over 1,000 works of art. Ten international languages are taught at Kaler Elementary, and on Multicultural Night local families taught students about seven different countries. The school partners with community members to provide support for students and their families. Mentors were provided for the students via Foster Grandparent and Big Brother Big Sister programs. Food, clothing, bikes, and presents were also donated to students in need. Kaler Elementary instructs students through service-based learning projects as well. Over ten tons of organic materials were composted by the students. This year was a success for Kaler Elementary, and the community looks forward to continued success in the next academic year.

James Otis Kaler Elementary School – State of the School (PDF)

This story was written by Maine DOE Intern Simon Handleman in collaboration with James Otis Kaler Elementary School. If you have a story idea or would like to submit a written story for the Maine DOE Newsroom, email Rachel Paling at