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Happy Holidays!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / January 4, 2020

“Awesome!”, “The best ever!”, “Thank you City of DHS!” These were a few of the comments from members of our community that attended our annual Holiday Parade. As you can see from the pictures, not only was the parade was a huge success, but it served as an opportunity to show all that we are…

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The Ophelia Project

By Kephyan Sheppard / January 4, 2020

Imagine a program that aims to help young girls achieve all they can in life, one that meets them right where they are and is committed to ‘rescuing their potential’. That program does exist, it is called The Ophelia Project. After years of operating on campuses throughout the Valley, the program will officially launch through…

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / November 25, 2019

Youth sports are a staple in every growing city. The notion that we must keep our youth busy year round is one that is well received nationwide. Here in DHS, our Junior All American Football and Cheer program has proven to be a successful model of consistency for our youth, but has also served as…

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Veteran’s Day and Beyond!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / November 9, 2019

Principal Arseo Meet principal Arseo! She has been served as principal at Bella Vista since the school opened in January of 2014. (She previously served as the principal at Edward Wenzlaff for two years.) She has a passion for Bella Vista, one that is evident every time you see her walk through the halls and…

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Donna Lee: A Gift to our City!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 26, 2019

Donna Lee, affectionately known as simply Donna in our community has been a vibrant voice in support of all that is good with Desert Hot Springs. From starting the Desert Hot Springs Neighborhood Group on Facebook which now boasts over 11,000 members and leading community breakfasts to seemingly being in multiple places at one time,…

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Diversity DHS!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 19, 2019

A while back, we presented Diversity DHS to some of you in an effort to highlight the many things they do to Advance DHS. This week I was able to catch up with Sam Messler, the groups co-founder and dicussed their growth and plans for the immediate future. Groups like Diversity DHS are part of…

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Our Wonderful Historical Society

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 12, 2019

A Historical Society (sometimes referred to as a preservation society) is an organization that aims to preserve, collect, research, and interpret historical information or items related to (in this case) a city’s history. These society’s play an integral role in protecting and preserving records while interpreting and presenting things of the past to the general…

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Bruce Montgomery:DHS Hero

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 6, 2019

Pastor, volunteer, philanthropist, lover of people…. Bruce Montgomery is a Desert Hot Springs Hero. Many of us have seen him and his camera at events throughout the city, and have followed his amazing eye as some of his snapshots have been posted on various social media accounts. The quiet and sometimes unassuming, soft spoken man…

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Our Homecoming King!

By Kephyan Sheppard / September 29, 2019

Four years ago a young man beaming with intelligence stepped foot on the grounds of Desert Hot Springs High. After becoming a local celebrity for winning the Riverside County Middle School Spelling Bee, Tre Terry set his sights on greater things. To have watched him mature from the shy and unassuming freshman he was 4…

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A 4 Time Emmy Award Winner Calls DHS Home!

By Kephyan Sheppard / September 21, 2019

Ask anyone in Hollywood and they will tell you that the Emmy Award is an award of prestige. An Emmy Award (Emmy), is an award that acknowledges excellence in the television industry. This award is coveted by many, and bestowed upon few. Now I know you may be asking the question, “What in the world…

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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…

A School of Excellence!

By Kephyan Sheppard | February 23, 2019

Desert Hot Springs High School Welcome to Excellence        One of the many highlights in DHS just happens to be our high school. From our blossoming athletics department, to our award winning marching band, wonderful educators, and our brilliant students (last year’s valedictorian and salutatorian both had GPA’s over 4.2!!!) More than the aforementioned, being a…

Vasti Gabriela

By Kephyan Sheppard | February 16, 2019

A Reigning Beauty Queen Destined for the BIG Stage, Right Here in DHS!!! Vasti Gabriella is on the fast track to the big stage. I have personally witnessed her hard work and dedication to her fitness goals, and we should celebrate the fact that she is a part of our city! Not only is she…

Lydia Kremer!

By Kephyan Sheppard | February 9, 2019

Advancing DHS Lydia Kremer Meet Lydia Kremer, a relatively new addition to our wonderful city. Lydia has an extensive background in public relations and freelance writing. Her features can be seen in publications such as the Desert Sun, VisitEurope, Los Angeles Confidential, Palm Springs Life, and Sunset Magazine. We are honored to have such a…

Advancing DHS Honors the Life and Legacy of Dr. King

By Kephyan Sheppard | January 19, 2019

Advancing DHS Honors the Life and Legacy of Dr. King August 28, 1963 was the date. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most powerful speeches of our lifetime. His, “I Have a Dream”, although 50 years old, still stands as a template of diversity that we should all lead and live by.…