DHS Heroes

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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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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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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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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DHS STAND UP PART 2!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / September 15, 2019

As promised last week, we have a part 2 to our “DHS Speak Up” column. Over the last few weeks I have used various outlets to ask locals why they love our city. Realizing that they could live anywhere else in the valley, I believe that their reason for choosing DHS is a story worth…

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The City of Champions! #dhsstandUP!

By Kephyan Sheppard / August 3, 2019

Many may not realize but with an estimated 449 million followers worldwide, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is often referred to as the world’s fastest growing sport. Founded in 2012 ,the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and the World MMA Association (WMMAA) merged together to  bring a governing body to the sport and quickly formed into one of…

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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…

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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…

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…

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,…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…