McCarty Elementary School

Indian Prairie School District 204

About McCarty

Welcome to the McCarty School Website!


August 2013


Dear Mustang Parents and Guardians:


On behalf of the entire staff, I wish to welcome you to the 2013-14 school year! I am thrilled and honored to be the Principal of McCarty Elementary School where we are preparing college and career ready kids!


At McCarty we are advocates of involvement in the education of all children by all members of the learning community. This is an outstanding characteristic of schools that are acknowledged for the high quality of their performance throughout our land. Creating and maintaining a positive partnership with our McCarty community is critical in order for us to achieve the goals we have set for all students’ success. The winning team of parent, teacher, and student working together does make a difference in the education of our children.


This Parent-Student Handbook provides you with basic information about our school. It has been put together to help answer your questions and explain our procedures and practices. Please read through it carefully and place it in a convenient location for quick and easy reference during the course of the school year.


In addition to this handbook, please refer to the 2013-14 District #204 Parent-Student Handbook. It has more detailed information concerning school policies and procedures. You may find all District #204 Board policies on line at

We are committed to providing a safe, orderly and nurturing learning environment for our community of learners by supporting the six core ethical values that form the foundation of the CHARACTER COUNTS! youth-ethics initiative. As the staff, students, and I work toward this goal, we ask you as parents/guardians to join into a partnership with us. We continue to offer many opportunities for you to play an active part in your child’s future such as reading with children, volunteering in our library, in the publishing center and a variety of other school events. I encourage you to take advantage of the rich opportunities to continue to establish meaningful traditions and to create a strong, child-centered learning community. The tremendous McCarty PTA is a great way of making the important home and school connection. Being an active part of your child’s education, I believe, is the best investment you can make.


On behalf of the dedicated McCarty staff, I welcome you to an exciting educational experience with unlimited possibilities for you and your child(ren).


Kids First,

Kim Earlenbaugh



McCarty School Mission

The McCarty Elementary School’s professional learning community believes that every child can learn at high levels and is entitled to and must be provided with a high quality education.

  • We will respect, accept and be considerate of each child’s diversity, learning style, and life circumstance.
  • We will support the District’s efforts to provide each child with curriculum that stimulates intellectual curiosity and leads him or her to develop into a productive and responsible citizen.
  • We will create a safe, caring environment to foster a culture which promotes trustworthiness, fairness and collaboration to enable each child and adult to explore his or her full potential.
  • We will interact respectfully and collaborate with our extended community to create effective partnerships that will maximize each child’s educational experience.
  • We will recruit, develop and retain passionate and dedicated professionals who consistently support each child’s social, emotional, academic and behavioral needs.

District 204 Mission

To prepare all students to succeed in an ever-changing world through comprehensive programs and experiences in collaboration with family and community.

Who were Joseph and Samuel McCarty?

Joseph and Samuel McCarty were farmers and millwrights in New York State. In 1833 when they heard the growing accounts of what were then “the Far West” and the fertile soils of Illinois. At the age of 24, Joseph was the first of the brothers to travel westward, and, in 1834, arrived at the Indian villages occupied by Waubonsie, chief of the Pottawatomie. This village was located just north of the present site of Aurora, Illinois. Joseph staked his claim to some 330 acres of land on the East Side of the Fox River upon which he built a tiny log cabin.

Nearby, an island in the middle of the river obstructed the channel. This combined with a natural fall of the water formed the advantage of waterpower. To secure the rights to the waterpower, Joseph purchased another 100 acres on which he built another small cabin. This second claim was for his brother, Samuel, who arrived a few months later. A dam was built and soon a sawmill was constructed. Later, a gristmill was also erected. These claims covered the ground on which the city of Aurora, Illinois was later built.

Aurora owes not only its location, but also her rapid growth to the McCarty brothers. In 1836, Samuel had the old state line road that ran from Chicago to Galena changed. He and his workmen opened a new roadway and built bridges from Naperville to Aurora and westward from Aurora to Big Rock. With promises of free room and board, Samuel enticed stagecoach drivers to come to Aurora instead of traveling the old road route. Eventually, hundreds of immigrants in search of homes were compelled to stop in the town developed by the McCarty’s, the first white men to settle in the area.

Samuel McCarty was a thrifty manger and laid out his land into streets and town lots, leaving one block for a public park and selling others to newcomers arriving at what had become known as “McCarty’s Mill”. By 1837, when the community’s name was changed to Aurora, 33 men and their families lived here; and 14 youngsters were in school. By 1854, the number of inhabitants had grown to 1,895 and six years later the population was up to more than 6,000. By 1870, more that 11,000 people lived in the city of Aurora and businesses flourished in this commercial and manufacturing city.

Unfortunately, Joseph McCarty did not live to see his town grow and prosper. In 1838, he became ill and moved to Alabama’s warmer climate, where he died a year later. Little is recorded about Joseph and there are no pictures of him because he died before the advent of photography. But Samuel wrote affectionately about his older brother: “He was as noble a man as ever stood on the banks of the Fox River, and one that appeared to foresee the rapid building up of those beautiful prairies and the springing up of flourishing towns and cities along the Fox River.”

Samuel continued in the milling business until 1858, when he began to devote most of his time to real estate, both in Aurora and Chicago. He played an active role in Aurora’s continuing development. Samuel McCarty was 79 years old when he died in March of 1889. By 1900, his little town had grown to almost 20,000 residents. This is particularly remarkable, especially since much of that growth is directly traceable to Samuel McCarty himself. For the last half century his name has been prominently identified with the growth and prosperity of Aurora.

McCarty Elementary School opened its doors in August of 1989. Students determined that the mascot would be a mustang and the school colors would be black and white. The ‘Mustang Song” debuted at the building’s dedication on October 22, 1989. In 1994, the Spirit Council members voted to add red as an accent color to the black and white already established.

It is the hope of the McCarty staff that all its students will be inspired and challenged by the life and contributions of Samuel McCarty. A writer expressed his admiration of Samuel McCarty at the time of his death as follows:

“He enjoyed the respect of the entire community and led a life that commended him to the confidence and esteem of his follow men”

Visitors are always welcome at McCarty. We ask that you adhere to the visitor policy that has been adopted by District 204:

The District encourages visits by parents/guardians, citizens, and taxpayers to District Schools. Parents of students attending the school have special rights and responsibilities, in addition to those taxpayers generally, to keep themselves informed as to the day-to-day operation of the school. In receiving visitors, District personnel shall be cognizant of student welfare and safety and continuity of the educational program. All visitors must report to the building Principal's office. The following guidelines shall govern school visits:

  1. Visitors shall prearrange visits to the school with the building Principal at least 24 hours in advance.  
  2. Absent of unusual circumstance previously discussed with the building Principal, school visits shall be limited to one hour (1hr.) per day. 
  3. School visits shall generally be limited to adults. Parents should avoid visiting school accompanied by siblings or other children.  
  4. School visits to individual classrooms should generally be made only when the regularly assigned teacher is present.
  5. School and classroom visits shall not be disruptive or in any way interfere with the instructional program. All visits and visitors shall be subject to the authority of the building Principal who may restrict or limit visitors as he/she considers necessary.  
  6. Visits to school by a student's friends and associates are not permitted except by special permission by the building Principal and teacher, or in the case of a special event for which a general invitation has been issued.


The only entrance available for visitor use is the main entrance by the front circle. Everyone must sign in and out, and state the purpose of their visit. Each visitor will be issued a visitor badge to wear. This identification is to be worn at all times while in the building. This badge is returned at the end of the visit to the main office. If you are at school to pick-up your child for an early dismissal, please stay in the lobby area. DO NOT go to your child's classroom door and possibly interfere with the classroom activity that is in progress. Your child will be called down to the lobby area by the main office staff.

The safety of the children is of utmost importance and takes top priority. We would like to thank you for your cooperation in this most important matter.

McCarty School Song

McCarty Mustangs, McCarty Mustangs, oh we are proud of you.
McCarty Mustangs, McCarty Mustangs, forever we’ll be true.
McCarty Mustangs, McCarty Mustangs, we’re loyal through and through.
The black and white is here.
Let’s stand up now and cheer!
McCarty Mustangs we love you!


Contact Us

Principal: Kevin Schnable

3000 Village Green Drive (map)
Aurora, IL 60504

Phone: 630.375.3400
Fax: 630.375.3401
Attendance: 630.375.3400 x3

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