Youth

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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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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DHSHS Dancers

Our High School Dance Team … a League of Their Own!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Let’s SHINE Bright! Did you know that our Golden Eagle dance team recently made history? Led by instructor Phoenix Henderson, our dance team known as “the crew” placed second in the Medium Hip Hop category at the state championship!   Last month, dozens of organizations within our city collaborated to award our academically esteemed seniors…

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Eduardo Contreras Tennis Champ

The Valley’s #1 High School Tennis Player is…

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Eduardo Contreras Our Tennis Champ. A story of resiliency…one that shows the true heart of a champion. A reminder that when your mind is set, and you’ve prepared like no other, victory is attainable! The story of resiliency has been the reality for Eduardo Contreras. Eduardo recently represented Desert Hot Springs High during the league…

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Kihon MMA in Desert Hot Springs CA

Kihon MMA: DHS Based, Nationally Known!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

With the ever increasing popularity worldwide of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), we are proud to showcase something HUGE in our own backyard! Led by our own Eddie Bates, Kihon MMA began nearly 19 years ago and has now been positioned as a national powerhouse! Few realize that here in this city, we have national cham0ps…

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DHS – Where Education Matters!!!

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela With several elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and a high school, our city has plenty to offer education wise. We not only have two current Riverside teachers of the year (Painted Hills Middle School Director of Bands Dr. Brian…

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DHS Little League

Baseball Anyone?

By Kephyan Sheppard / July 18, 2018

Today I had the honor of speaking with the Desert Hot Springs Little League baseball president Al Gonzalez! Mr. Gonzalez has been a board member for the last 15 years and became president just two years ago. It’s always a great thing to converse with someone who has a heart for the youth in our…

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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…