Youth

Hope Scott and the SPH Creative Arts Club!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 13, 2019

Our youth are not only our future, but they’re our present. Here in DHS we encourage, promote, and celebrate those who champion causes to encourage and pour into our kids. Hope Scott is one of the leaders of the SPH Creative Arts Club. This program is one of a few that go above and beyond…

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Desert Hot Springs Stands Tall!

By Kephyan Sheppard / June 22, 2019

(Pictured above: a few familiar faces from DHS seated with my wife and I) Recently here in the Coachella Valley, BRAAF (Building Resilience in African American Families) hosted their annual Juneteenth Celebration. This event is the annual celebratory of the culmination of their Afrocentric Youth & Family Rites of Passage Program (ROP), a program that…

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DIVERSITY DHS

By Kephyan Sheppard / May 18, 2019

“We serve to educate, celebrate, and promote the health and wellness of the LGBTQ+ community of Desert Hot Springs through outreach, events, and overall inclusion, while honoring and commemorating the history of the Gay Rights Movement. Our main project is to raise funds and organize the annual Desert Hot Springs Pride Festival and provide financial…

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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…

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ROTARY PART 2: RYLA

By Kephyan Sheppard / March 23, 2019

Here we are again with the second look at our local Rotary Club! As noticed last week, “Service above self” is not merely a slogan, but it’s become a lifestyle with this club. After looking at the elementary school EarlyAct club last week, this week we will discuss their high school effort: InterAct. Interact clubs…

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DHS Rotary… EarlyAct!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / March 16, 2019

DHS ROTARY-ADVANCES DHS! Part 1 Many may not realize that Rotary is a world leader in humanitarian service. They are comprised of a diverse global network of community, business, and professional leaders who have accepted the call to address “relevant social causes, change lives, and build goodwill and peace at home and abroad.” With over…

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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…

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Scott Saban!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / February 2, 2019

Scott Saban, One of our Coaching Heroes In Desert Hot Springs we take pride in our student athletes! We are home to some of the valley’s finest, and that’s only made possible through quality coaching. Scott Saban happens to be one of those coaches. How much of an impact is he making? His reach begins…

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Our Tennis Champ has RETURNED!!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / October 4, 2018

The Champ is HERE!!! The champ is here! Eduardo Contreras shocked the valley last year when he became the league champion. Representing Desert Hot Springs High with pride, Eduardo is now a senior, and is eager to defend his title. A few months back I was able to catch up with him to discuss his…

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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…

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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.…

Yarn Bombs Make us Smile!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | June 29, 2019

“I really want people to interact with my art. It brings me joy when people take photos or post comments about it. I love hearing that it brings a smile to their face. ” – Stephanie Buriel Drive around Desert Hot Springs and you never know what you’ll see! There was a time years ago where…

Desert Hot Springs Stands Tall!

By Kephyan Sheppard | June 22, 2019

(Pictured above: a few familiar faces from DHS seated with my wife and I) Recently here in the Coachella Valley, BRAAF (Building Resilience in African American Families) hosted their annual Juneteenth Celebration. This event is the annual celebratory of the culmination of their Afrocentric Youth & Family Rites of Passage Program (ROP), a program that…

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…

Resident Spotlight Gabriel Franco

By Kephyan Sheppard | June 1, 2019

“I love DHS because I live here this is my home. There are a lot of wonderful people doing all kinds of things in love to serve our community daily, it’s amazing! I see it everywhere I go …” Desert Hot Springs is a city full of diversity! I challenge you to find another city…

A Resident’s Perspective: Jamie Griffin

By Kephyan Sheppard | May 11, 2019

A few weeks ago I spotlighted Southern Fried, our new food truck business and amazing things have transpired since then. I happen to drive by nightly during my commute home, and from Palm Drive you can see the lines of people waiting to get their hands on delicious food (I have been there several times…

Our Local Elk’s Lodge!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | April 19, 2019

“Believe in the goodness of thyself, as well as others” Located at 64680 Pierson Blvd., our local Elk’s lodge has proven to become yet another group of community oriented people who aim to make a huge impact here in Desert Hot Springs. In speaking with exalted ruler Kathy Gavin (title not intended to intimidate… it…

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…