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...

The California Teacher of the Year!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | October 25, 2018

The California Teacher of the Year is in Desert Hot Springs! Nestled against the mountains amongst our many scenic views lies Painted Hills Middle School. The school is home to nearly 1000 middle school students, and boasts a rare jewel of an instructor. Dr. Brian McDaniel is the reigning 2018 California Teacher of the Year…

Part 2 of our Exclusive with Chief Dale Mondary!

By Kephyan Sheppard | October 17, 2018

Part 2 of our Exclusive with Chief Mondary (Pictured above: Chief Mondary handing out certificates to our youth for exceptional behavior) We opened last week discussing Chief Mondary’s experience and his impact here in DHS. Now obviously our city is becoming one of the fastest growing in the region; although he can’t take the credit…

An Exclusive With Our Chief of Police!

By Kephyan Sheppard | October 12, 2018

Look around our city and many will notice the growth! Rather it be the new businesses, the new homes under construction, or even the road improvements, it’s easy to see that Desert Hot Springs is trending upward! It is obvious that our city staff has done a remarkable job with implementing policies that have infused…

Support our Vets at our Local VFW!!!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | October 4, 2018

VFW POST 1534 The VFW Post 1534 is located minutes from Desert Hot Springs. Just six miles south of our City located at 1 Clubhouse Drive on the historic B Bar H Ranch, the VFW has become a staple among residents. Driving directions to this well-kept secret from Desert Hot Springs take Palm Drive south…

DHS is Home to Angel View

By Kephyan Sheppard | August 20, 2018

Angel View In a growing city, employment opportunities are always in demand. Many may not realize that with 12 residential homes, a daily intake facility, a thrift store, and a clearance center, that Angel View is our city’s largest employer. Patricia Myers serves as the communications manager and was extremely eager to give me a…

Quick Quack Car Wash Has Arrived!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | August 19, 2018

Quick Quack Car Wash!!! “Headquartered in Roseville, California, Quick Quack Car Wash now owns and operates over 50 locations in Utah, Texas, California, Arizona and Colorado.” This statement is currently on the Quick Quack website, but there is a new addition….a brand new location in DHS!!!! Today’s grand opening was awesome! From Mayor Scott Matas’…

LiLaC is Changing Lives!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | August 19, 2018

LILAC Aims to Change Lives! LiLaC (Literacy, Language and Cultural Centers) is a 501(c) 3 community benefit organization. Based in Desert Hot Springs, California, LiLaC is an evidenced-based home visitation program for families with young children, whose second language is English. Our mission is to build meaningful relationships with English Language Learner (ELL) families, with…

Commander Paiz of DHSPD

Commander Paiz of our DHSPD!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | July 18, 2018

Just a quick celebration of our very own Commander Paiz! A law enforcement career that began here 17 years ago has evolved into an exemplary record of service. Commander not only patrols are communities, he is active within them. He and his beautiful family are truly an asset to our city. Congratulations again and thank…

OUR BUSINESS OWNERS CARE!

By Kephyan Sheppard | July 18, 2018

This week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Floyd Barton and Kent Helser. Together, they own and operate the UPS store of Desert Hot Springs. However, their contribution to the city goes above and beyond printing and mailboxes. “We love DHS because when we purchased this store we were received with open arms; we…