Useful Links for Har-Bur School Initiatives

Capturing Kids Hearts
HBMS adopted the Capturing Kids Heart (CKH) character education skill development program 7 seven years ago as a way to foster positive staff to student and student to student relationships.  If you walk the halls of Har-Bur you will see teachers greeting students with a handshake or similar action as HBMS teachers recognize that their relationship with your child is one of the most important elements to your child's success.  As the founder of CKH, Flip Flippen states, "If you have a child's heart, you have their head." HBMS are always seeking a strong partnership with your  based on caring.

Kids in the Middle
Kids in the Middle, also known as KIM, is a program partially funded by the United Way of West Central Connecticut.  We have been very fortunate to have the United Way's support for over the past 10 years.  This program provides leadership skill training and community service opportunities both within the school and local  community organizations for students in grades 6-8.  James Mann, the coordinator of KIM can be reached at

School Climate - State of Connecticut
Please see the above link for information on the State of Connecticut's website regarding legislation mandated for all school districts.

Restorative Practices Approach to Discipline
As we move further into the 21st century and begin to acknowledge the impact that technology has had with children sharing thoughts and feelings IN PERSON, as opposed to through a screen/filter of texting, the experience of empathy is having less of an opportunity to be experienced. Restorative Practices is an approach where adults facilitate a meeting between students who have had difficult interactions in hopes of reparation and/or a common understanding of respecting new boundaries.  Consequences are not avoided; restorative practices keep the relationship as the central focus as opposed to the consequence.