Kephyan Sheppard

A Teacher’s Perspective & Beyond!

By Kephyan Sheppard / June 28, 2020

As the 2nd semester of the school year got underway, I’m sure most of our educators were beginning to set plans for the summer. Vacations, completing ‘to do’ lists, and rest were more than likely prioritized. Fast forward to March, and COVID19 became the dominant thought, causing many of them to scrap lesson plans and…

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Celebrating our Grads!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / June 6, 2020

“The most essential factor is persistence – the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.”JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY A story of resilience. One that will be remembered for the ages and will be written about for future generations to appreciate it. In my lifetime, I’ve…

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This Graduating Class is Something Special!

By Kephyan Sheppard / May 23, 2020

As we shift gears and begin to prepare for the return of some normalcy, it can’t be understated enough that for some normal may never return. For some the opportunity to take part in once-in-a-lifetime events has been taken away. Our graduation plans, especially for our high school students have unfortunately become casualties to unintended…

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DHS CARES….YES WE DO!

By Kephyan Sheppard / May 2, 2020

Fear and anxiety spreading like wildfire. Uncertainty concerning employment causing many to fall into varied states of depression. Protests and uprisings amidst a political divide. People are hurting….What can we do? For starters, remain compassionate. Many are one decision away from having all of their resources depleted. The emergency shutdown of businesses in our nation…

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Family Engagement Center

By Kephyan Sheppard / April 27, 2020

From ’91-96, I lived here in DHS for the final year of middle school and a majority of my High School Years. I was one of many students who were transported via public transportion from our city to Raymond Cree Middle and Palm Springs High. I may be dating myself, but my school years as…

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Little League Baseball

By Kephyan Sheppard / April 4, 2020

Opening day across the Nation has been postponed. COVID-19 has impacted nearly every area of our lives, and even our National past time has taken a blow. With Major League spring ball season at a standstill, our own local Little League program is also influx. Little League baseball has been a fixture in our community…

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We are in this TOGETHER!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / March 19, 2020

Admittedly, this edition is a few days late. Several times I began typing and several times what I typed, I deleted. A week ago, our website received anonymous note asking if I would address COVID-19 and the outpouring of fear and concern that has swept throughout our city. With the increasing numbers of those affected…

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DHS IS ADVANCING!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / February 28, 2020

Desert Hot Springs Celebrates Black History Month! As you drive into the city across gene Autry from the freeway, you will notice a distinct lighting pattern across the palm trees. Thanks to our city staff, our trees have been adorned with red, yellow, and green lighting to commemorate Black History Month. Black History Month is…

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Watch Them Soar: DHS High

By Kephyan Sheppard / February 8, 2020

DHS High should be celebrated! Not only because it’s a great school, but because of the innovative approaches that Principal Cota and her staff employ daily. Over the course of the last year I have witnessed academic excellence, school pride, and exemplary professionalism from students and staff. However, I have now become aware of some…

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DHS Celebrates Dr. King!

By Kephyan Sheppard / January 23, 2020

He stood for equality, he marched for peace, he died sharing the vision of a day that he knew he would never see in his lifetime…Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a true hero. This weekend as hundreds of thousands of people marched and celebrated his legacy worldwide, you were able to catch a glimpse…

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More From Advancing Desert Hot Springs...

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.…

Classical Music in DHS!- Danny Holt

By Kephyan Sheppard | January 12, 2019

Danny Holt Pianist Pianist Danny Holt has been called, “phenomenal” by the late music critic Alan Rich and has performed around the globe. His most notable performance venues are amongst the best in the world. Having performed at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl, he has clearly established himself as a…

Resident’s Perspective!

By Kephyan Sheppard | December 4, 2018

Meet Mr. Jerame McDaniel Upon meeting him, you’ll quickly discover that he is as genuine as they come. He’s the owner of McDaniel Family Roadside Assistance, and loves meeting new people within our city. Why do you LOVE Desert Hot Springs? “I love the city of Desert Hot Springs because of the people. If anyone…