An Ember Sparks

By Joe Iraggi


That first flame, orange-red remarks

A flicker in the dark of what? 

Of how? Where again, when?

An inkling of feeling leading to a 

Waterfall of searching, wanting

Needing to see, to hear, to be

Something more


A moment dictates a question that

Motivates a movement, opening a

New direction, a predilection

Spectrum of options leading to 

A new edition of we


A moon phase, a wave, a glimmer as

The tide turns on the ways

In which one becomes, in 

Which one does

What she/he/they does

Just because, a breath of peppermint was

Smelt, a warm sun meets a cool breeze 

Absurd was heard, scenes seen in velveteen 


Life is but a dream, propelled forward

By ourselves in this hurricane of

Emotions and dealings, struggles

Successes, retests and subsets

We just need a taste, a bit and we

Can create the…

— Mr. Joe, 4th Grade Teacher


To me, having curiosity means having a desire to learn and explore new things. It is important to have curiosity so that you can go out of your comfort zone and see the world through new eyes. HSH encourages this in many ways. One way is electives. Electives allow you to expand your learning to more than the normal curriculum. I have taken some great electives, such as Cooking Science, Photography, and my current one, Yearbook.

Another way HSH encourages curiosity is through its outdoor education program. The trips I have been on to Catalina Island, Pali Camp, and Yosemite have been great! Some highlights have been night snorkeling at Catalina and exploring caves in Yosemite.

I have appreciated HSH’s effort to encourage me to be curious, and I will continue to be curious forever.

—Nico, Sixth Grade


Curiosity. Curiosity is very important when it comes to roaming. Roaming around the world, but don’t always be a roamer. Find purpose by using your curiosity. Curiosity can bring you places, but it can only bring you those places if you find its matches. Its matches can change based on a person’s strengths, but that also means a person’s curiosity changes its matches over time. I also think that because we go to a school that encourages curiosity, we feel safe when we do try new things. For example, I didn’t play any soccer until last year, and I’ve had so much fun playing it with my friends. The only reason why I tried it was because HSH gave me the option to try. A space that accepts and encourages curiosity helps others become curious, and this is very important to the development of us, as human beings.

I really love English because we do a lot of writing, and my favorite thing to do is writing! Also, we do a lot of reading as well, and if you didn’t know, I read all the time. Curiosity can bring you places, but it can only bring you those places if you find how it matches your strengths.

In fifth grade, we studied a state (mine was Hawaii), and we had a whole presentation to show them off to our parents. I made a state song, a state shield, multiple state monuments, a tour for the monuments, and a state speech to summarize why our state is amazing.

Finally, I LOVE science! I didn’t really have a lot of interest in science until I saw a movie that talked about quantum physics. I got very interested in physics, and then I learned about chemistry and biology. These intrigued me because of how they could answer most questions in their sector, but then we took Astronomy, and I couldn’t stop thinking about EVERYTHING! I got so interested that I fell in love with science.

Human beings change over time, and so does our curiosity. I hope I’ll always stay curious.

—Dixon, Sixth Grade