Youth

Saigo Iñiguez is Not Your Average 14 Year Old!

By Kephyan Sheppard / August 10, 2019

Good morning readers! This week I have quite the story for you! A story about a young man who chose DHS High after researching every high school n the west valley. This young man/s name is Saigo Iniguez. This week I was able to catch up with he and his mother Mika and let’s just say…

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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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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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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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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…

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More From Advancing Desert Hot Springs...

Once Again, DHS High Leads the Way!

By Kephyan Sheppard | September 15, 2019

A few weeks ago, I sat down with Principal Cota of Desert Hot Springs High School. Not only did she impress me, but based off of the responses I have received, she has impressed many of you. We are extremely fortunate to have what I believe to be the most innovative principal here in the…

DHS STAND UP!

By Kephyan Sheppard | August 31, 2019

What a beautiful time to be in DHS!!! The summer season is coming to a close, our version of Friday Night Lights will kickoff soon as our Golden Eagle Football team will soon take the field, and of course our beautiful view hiking trails will be prime for enjoyment. This week I asked a simple…

DHS CARES!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard | August 17, 2019

Homelessness numbers are in the rise throughout the state of California. It has been well documented that varying factors such as drug abuse and cost of living issues have and will continue to impact those without shelter. Many analysts have forecasted that the numbers will continue to rise, and although our numbers here in the…

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…

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.…

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…

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…