• "The area I came from wasn’t the best environment. Though I didn’t want to be here at first, I’d say my mom did the right thing. The houseparents are like family. They changed my life. I matured in all aspects from being a little kid to growing into a man.”

    ~Jacob Edwards, Class of 2018

  • "Kurn Hattin gave me guidance and structure when I needed it most. Kurn Hattin was the most perfect support my parents could have asked for. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child. Kurn Hattin is that village”

    ~Gizenia Boyd, Class of 2005

  • "I didn’t know how to make friends. I had a lot of problems. I felt like I was stuck in quicksand. Then I came to Kurn Hattin. It was a slow process, but I was given a lot of structure and I needed and responded to that structure.“

    ~Christiana Mylott, Class of 2018

  • "I support Kurn Hattin partly for sentimental reasons and as a teacher, I know the needs of children who no longer can live at home. I like their philosophy—to return the children home to their families. The families are given time to strengthen and heal. The children are given every chance to succeed and find their own niche whether it is with music, sports, writing, or animals."

    ~ Carol Howe, Friend & Supporter

  • "I love Kurn Hattin and miss it like crazy.  Kristi Lisai, thank you for being the BEST English teacher ever, being so easy to talk to, and teaching me how to be such a good writer!  Richard M. Long, thank you for never giving up on me when I would do so badly in social studies.  And to all of the other teachers and staff, just thank you for being my ... AWESOME TEACHERS!"

    ~ Chelsea Candello, Class of 2012

  • “Best years of my life. I’m now 36 married and have 3 beautiful daughters. Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for everything this school did for me. Kurn Hattin definitely made me the man I am today.”

    ~Tom Adkins, Class of 1995

  • “I’m so proud to have been at Kurn Hattin. It turned my life around and put me on the right track. I’m not sure where I would have been otherwise. And I believe I was the only boy who made ‘Eagle Scout’ at that time.”

    ~ Peter Stavrou, Class of 1951

  • "Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth. It’s a phrase I associate with my upbringing at Kurn Hattin. I attended Kurn Hattin from 3rd to 8th grade and was given security, consistency, guidance, and direction. The girls, boys, teachers, and houseparents became my forever family.”

    ~Kim (Sherrick) Dawson, Class of 1982

  • "I was so proud of my girl, getting up on stage and singing her heart out. Kurn Hattin is building her up with so much confidence. I will be forever grateful for what you are doing for my little girl."

    ~ Brenda Boisjolie Arce, Mother

  • "Discipline, respect, loyalty, and love are what I learned from the houseparents. I have 3 older brothers and we all went there. Thanks Kurn Hattin–Always the place I call home."

    ~Stephen Smith, Class of 1994

  • “Kurn Hattin was the best choice my family ever made for me. When I was in the 8th grade I didn’t want to leave.”

    ~Kristen McDaniel, Class of 1991

  • "Kurn Hattin provided advice, support, and encouragement to pursue my dreams. The most important lesson I learned was to be humble, kind, and help those who were less fortunate. Because of Kurn Hattin, I have found my voice, my purpose in life, and my passion to help those who are in need.”

    ~Heather Kampfer, Class of 2001, Alumni Association President

  • "I still remember walking into Kurn Hattin. The scared little girl I was. Seeing myself grow over the years has been a blessing. But I never could have done it without the backbone of my forever home. Thank you, all of you. I really did it. I graduated high school!"

    ~ Makiah Curtis, Class of 2012

  • "The lessons of life that I still carry today were taught to me at Kurn Hattin 50 plus years ago. Although many of my teachers who stood at the ‘fork in the road’ are gone, I carry on their legacy. And now I stand at the fork in the road to point the way for those who follow.”

    ~Jerry L. Bardwell, Class of 1973, Trustee

  • "I can’t help reiterating my admiration and thanks to a wonderful haven for needy children and one which has provided guidance, education and encouragement to many, many children, who have gone on to lead meaningful adulthood lives, some who have become leaders in society.”

    ~James Barschdorf, Class of 1944

  • "My son has since graduated from high school and just turned 18! He’s an accomplished jazz musician and artist. Thank you Kurn Hattin for all you do for children.” 

    ~Chantal Paulino, Mother

  • "I’m grateful to have had the experience at Kurn Hattin Homes, which was my and my brother’s ‘village’ that made such a positive mark on our lives.”

    ~Rhonda (Gaudreau) Nolan, Class of 1977, Incorporator

PBiS LogoWe are kind!  We are proud! We keep trying!

How do we make sure we get the most out of school day? How do we intentionally create a school climate where our core values drive programming? How do we maintain clear conduct standards that are transparent, community supported, and positive? PBiS! PBiS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and is a school wide network for conduct and culture that is “…designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students” (pbisvermont.org). PBiS is a nationally recognized and well-researched framework proven to promote positive conduct, school spirit, social learning, and bullying prevention.  

Kurn Hattin is now in its early years of full PBiS school implementation, joining nearly 200 independent and public schools in Vermont and thousands more nation-wide. As our work on PBiS began, it became quickly clear that Kurn Hattin was already doing nearly 85% of what implementing schools do – and - actually has been doing much of this for many years! To bring ourselves up to 100% implementation, we proceeded with three initiatives:

  1. added a faculty and houseparent PBiS team to create and steer school culture/conduct initiatives,
  2. defined clear expectation for all areas of the school, and
  3. installed a database tracking program (SWIS) to identify individual students and community needs. The data piece has been perhaps the most significant addition, allowing us to fine- tune programming and support ensuring that we are reducing conflict and conduct concerns to allow for all children to make the most of their academic programs. We are thrilled with the progress thus far and look forward to continued work with PBiS to move us forward as a community.  

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As an update – with a significant start already in place here at the Homes, PBiS has gotten off to an exceptionally strong beginning. Many pieces of PBiS such as the Core Values, Caught Being Good Store, and Tokens have been in place for many years. Additions to these structures - a robust framework, celebrations, and the SWIS (School-Wide Information System) database - have brought us to official recognition as a Universal-Level PBiS School!  Most importantly, however, is that using the database to track conduct throughout the year, we can clearly see that unhelpful conduct has been strongly trending downward. This means that students are more able to access instruction and the progress they all deserve! 

Moving forward, Kurn Hattin is committed to incorporating Restorative Practices into daily life here. Restorative Practices begin with the concept that behavior always affects more than just the individual, it also impacts those around the individual within the community. Thus if unhelpful behavior occurs, it negatively impacts the community as well as the individual. If things are to be set right, both the individual and his or her relationships in the community also need to be addressed. Restorative Practices teach children how to be aware of their relationships and how to repair or restore damaged community relations. These are learned behaviors that make a huge difference in the balance of respect and responsibility in civil society.