Kephyan Sheppard

Happy Holidays From Advancing DHS!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / December 6, 2020

“The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.” Douglas Wood As we prepare to enter the holiday season, we have plenty of reasons to be thankful. First and foremost, if you are reading this… you’re alive!!! Robert Louis Stevenson said, “The man who…

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Let’s Remember Who We Are!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 31, 2020

“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” – Marianne Williamson Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you are fully aware that this is election season. This is the time where we can remind ourselves…

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We may not experience all four seasons like other regions, but I believe that we are all excited! After over 100 days of triple degree temperatures, we are finally experiencing a cool off! Soon and very soon, we will begin to see snow caps on our mountains!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 10, 2020

With our amazing views, spacious floor plans, and great value with our home prices, one would say that the housing market here in our city is prime for great deals. We haven’t spoken to a realtor in a while, but I caught up with one of our local realtors, Natasha Howard. The question was simple,…

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“Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.”- Rene Descartes #thinkpositive

By Kephyan Sheppard / September 11, 2020

I am a realist. Although I operate with a high sense of optimism, I am a realist. It has been said that some of us see the city of Desert Hot Springs through rose colored glasses, and that we are ignorant to the things that are not so pleasant about our city. That cannot be…

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From Dr. Sandra Lyon

By Kephyan Sheppard / August 10, 2020

As previously stated, our students have returned to school. However, due to COVID protocols, they have returned to school virtually. Virtual learning has proven to be a challenge, and from the responses we have received, everyone is adjusting. I recently reached out to our District Superintindent for additional perspective: “As we begin the year in…

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Back 2 School!

By Kephyan Sheppard / August 4, 2020

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela Happy new school year Desert Hot Springs! As we prepare to launch the school year this Wednesday, many of us have become inundated with questions concerning our uncertain, yet immediate future. Because of COVID-19 and all of the safety…

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Let’s Be Productive During this Pandemic

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 14, 2020

“A Pessimist Sees The Difficulty In Every Opportunity; An Optimist Sees The Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” – Winston Churchill          Unless you have been sitting under a rock, you have become overwhelmed with news concerning COVID and its current outbreak leading to an astronomical increase in infections in several states. Here in California, we are once…

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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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More From Advancing Desert Hot Springs...

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…

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…