Kephyan Sheppard

Dr. Sandra Lyon:Superintendent of PSUSD

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 6, 2019

As noted in previous publications, we believe that some of the finest schools in the valley are right here in Desert Hot Springs. I have had the honor of interacting on a majority of our campuses and it’s amazing to see educators who not only love to teach, but love the communities they teach in.…

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Yarn Bombs Make us Smile!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / June 29, 2019

“I really want people to interact with my art. It brings me joy when people take photos or post comments about it. I love hearing that it brings a smile to their face. ” – Stephanie Buriel Drive around Desert Hot Springs and you never know what you’ll see! There was a time years ago where…

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Desert Hot Springs Stands Tall!

By Kephyan Sheppard / June 22, 2019

(Pictured above: a few familiar faces from DHS seated with my wife and I) Recently here in the Coachella Valley, BRAAF (Building Resilience in African American Families) hosted their annual Juneteenth Celebration. This event is the annual celebratory of the culmination of their Afrocentric Youth & Family Rites of Passage Program (ROP), a program that…

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Principal Caroline Cota: Shining Bright in Our City!

By Kephyan Sheppard / June 15, 2019

“The many experiences you had in school and in your community have stretched your mind to its current dimensions, but it is only the beginning. Whether you continue with formal education or not, you are not done learning. So as you go out into the world, take chances, travel, read, be open to other people,…

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Mr. Randa – A Teacher Spotlight

By Kephyan Sheppard / June 8, 2019

I have been involved with Palm Springs Unified School District for over 5 years and I have seen firsthand that Desert Hot Springs has some of the finest teachers district wide. Mr. Doug Randa brings energy and passion to his students at Bella Vista Elementary school every day. Watching him around campus and even on…

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Resident Spotlight Gabriel Franco

By Kephyan Sheppard / June 1, 2019

“I love DHS because I live here this is my home. There are a lot of wonderful people doing all kinds of things in love to serve our community daily, it’s amazing! I see it everywhere I go …” Desert Hot Springs is a city full of diversity! I challenge you to find another city…

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DHS Women’s Club!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / May 25, 2019

The Desert Hot Springs Women’s club is yet another astounding organization here in Desert Hot Springs. The women in this club exemplify class, grace, service, and a commitment to influence DHS!!!  According to Mrs. Van Beveran they have a mission to, “Enrich Desert Hot Springs through scholarships, friendship, community service, [and] social welfare.” enhancing the…

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DIVERSITY DHS

By Kephyan Sheppard / May 18, 2019

“We serve to educate, celebrate, and promote the health and wellness of the LGBTQ+ community of Desert Hot Springs through outreach, events, and overall inclusion, while honoring and commemorating the history of the Gay Rights Movement. Our main project is to raise funds and organize the annual Desert Hot Springs Pride Festival and provide financial…

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A Resident’s Perspective: Jamie Griffin

By Kephyan Sheppard / May 11, 2019

A few weeks ago I spotlighted Southern Fried, our new food truck business and amazing things have transpired since then. I happen to drive by nightly during my commute home, and from Palm Drive you can see the lines of people waiting to get their hands on delicious food (I have been there several times…

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Cabot Yerxa Elementary!!!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / May 4, 2019

Meet Amber Gascoigne, Principal Rotary Big Hearts Principal of the Year “I love DHS because we are a community working hard to do better for our youth. I’d always “heard” about DHS and was terrified when I came to work up here. The truth is the families and community members are some of the kindest…

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More From Advancing Desert Hot Springs...

Once Again, DHS High Leads the Way!

By Kephyan Sheppard | September 15, 2019

A few weeks ago, I sat down with Principal Cota of Desert Hot Springs High School. Not only did she impress me, but based off of the responses I have received, she has impressed many of you. We are extremely fortunate to have what I believe to be the most innovative principal here in the…

DHS STAND UP!

By Kephyan Sheppard | August 31, 2019

What a beautiful time to be in DHS!!! The summer season is coming to a close, our version of Friday Night Lights will kickoff soon as our Golden Eagle Football team will soon take the field, and of course our beautiful view hiking trails will be prime for enjoyment. This week I asked a simple…

DHS CARES!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | August 17, 2019

Homelessness numbers are in the rise throughout the state of California. It has been well documented that varying factors such as drug abuse and cost of living issues have and will continue to impact those without shelter. Many analysts have forecasted that the numbers will continue to rise, and although our numbers here in the…

Danny Holt, “I Chose DHS!”

By Kephyan Sheppard | July 27, 2019

I really appreciate hearing from you! The response last week from our opening, “I Chose DHS” segment was so great that this week I have another one! A while back (In January), I was able to speak with Danny Holt, the accomplished classical musician who launched a series of classical music concerts here in DHS…

Dr. Sandra Lyon:Superintendent of PSUSD

By Kephyan Sheppard | July 6, 2019

As noted in previous publications, we believe that some of the finest schools in the valley are right here in Desert Hot Springs. I have had the honor of interacting on a majority of our campuses and it’s amazing to see educators who not only love to teach, but love the communities they teach in.…

Principal Caroline Cota: Shining Bright in Our City!

By Kephyan Sheppard | June 15, 2019

“The many experiences you had in school and in your community have stretched your mind to its current dimensions, but it is only the beginning. Whether you continue with formal education or not, you are not done learning. So as you go out into the world, take chances, travel, read, be open to other people,…

Mr. Randa – A Teacher Spotlight

By Kephyan Sheppard | June 8, 2019

I have been involved with Palm Springs Unified School District for over 5 years and I have seen firsthand that Desert Hot Springs has some of the finest teachers district wide. Mr. Doug Randa brings energy and passion to his students at Bella Vista Elementary school every day. Watching him around campus and even on…

Cabot Yerxa Elementary!!!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | May 4, 2019

Meet Amber Gascoigne, Principal Rotary Big Hearts Principal of the Year “I love DHS because we are a community working hard to do better for our youth. I’d always “heard” about DHS and was terrified when I came to work up here. The truth is the families and community members are some of the kindest…

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | April 17, 2019

If you haven’t seen it, here it is! A few days ago, Advancing DHS landed on the front page of the Desert Sun! While we recognize the publicity as an honor, we also recognize it as a challenge due to the fact that many feel as if our vision is too grand. In addition to…

Bruce Craven, Author

By Kephyan Sheppard | March 29, 2019

Community News Bruce Craven, Author “I have worked in the education field and the writing field for most of my adult life. I teach a popular graduate, business school course called “Leadership Through Fiction”. This book developed from that class. The show “Game of Thrones” is an environment where leadership can be the difference between…