MISSION STATEMENT: We at Streator Elementary School
District #44, in cooperation with the community, using a wide variety of
opportunities and experiences, will provide a comprehensive curriculum
designed to help all students reach their full potential, become
life-long learners, and productive members of society.
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION:
We believe the Streator Elementary Schools share the responsibility of
education with the parents, the community, and the children themselves.
We believe that the school's function is to provide learning experiences
that will help each student reach the maximum intellectual, emotional,
moral, social, and physical growth and development.
We believe the principle purpose of our educational program is to
provide opportunities for our students to be and to become well
adjusted, successful, and useful citizens in our democratic way of life.
1959: Construction of a new school building on Riverside Avenue in
Streator is announced. The property is acquired from Myrtle Kimes. The
building will be named Kimes School.
1960 - Construction for the 9,900 square feet of Kimes School began.
-The location was chosen in the southwest part of Streator. The land
belonged to a former Streator grade school principal, Myrtle Kimes. As a
result of her interest in education, she agreed to sell the property of
five acres for $25,000--a very good bargain price for the times as new
homes were being built in the area and land prices were very high. The
Streator Board of Education chose to name the school in her honor, and
so it was called the Myrtle Kimes School.
1961 -The school opened on January 3, 1961 with classrooms for grades 3, 4, 5, and 6. There were 90 students in attendance.
1968 - An addition on the south of the building was completed, boosting
the Kimes School enrollment to 165 and hosting students in kindergarten
through 5th grades.
1991 - the Kimes mascot, Snort the Dragon, was chosen in a student election. Kimes' school colors are red and white.
2004- An addition on the east side of the school doubled the size and population of Kimes. PreK students began to attend Kimes.