Category Archives: Alvin ISD

Law enforcement, Alvin ISD asks for help finding three local missing teens

Two Alvin ISD students have recently been reported missing, and law enforcement is reaching out to the community for assistance.

Anyone that may have information about the following students’ locations is encouraged to make contact immediately with the appropriate law enforcement agency as listed below.





Taylor Dolan is a sophomore at Manvel High School. Her last confirmed location was Manvel High School on Tuesday afternoon (Mar. 29). At this time, no foul play has been confirmed. Please contact the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department at (979) 849-2441 with any information regarding Dolan’s location.




Daniela Leon is a sophomore at Alvin High School. Daniela’s family last knew her confirmed location on Monday (Mar. 28). At this time, no foul play has been confirmed. Please contact the Alvin Police Department at (281) 388-4370 with any information regarding Daniela’s location.






Detectives in Angleton are also working to locate 17-year-old Michelle Marie Noria. According to police, Noria is a Hispanic female, and was last seen on Mar. 18. She could possibly be in the Houston area. Noria is 5’2″ and weighs approximately 170 pounds. Please contact the Angleton Police Department at (979) 849-2383 with any information and refer to case 2016-000497.

Alvin ISD school bond passes

West Pearland and other Brazoria County voters gave approval to Alvin ISD’s $245 million school bond proposal Tuesday (Nov. 3).

The measure passed by a margin of approximately 59 percent with a total of 4,921 votes in favor of the measure over 3,404 in opposition (41 percent) according to unofficial results.

The proposal includes $41 million for a new central district stadium in addition to approximately $160 million for three new elementary schools, one replacement elementary school and one new junior high school. Additional money for upgrades to Memorial Stadium are also included in the bond package.

Funding for a new satellite transportation facility, phase two of a career and technical center, upgrades to the Alvin High School auditorium, land for the district’s fourth high school and another elementary school along with a number of other upgrades to district facilities were also included in the bond proposal.

Small town wants to build 5 of the costliest schools in Texas history

Manvel High School is the newer of the district’s two high schools, although a third is on the way.

Manvel High School is the newer of the district’s two high schools, although a third is on the way.

( – A good 10 miles out past the farthest reaches of Houston’s vast outskirts, there’s a town called Alvin (pop. 25,000) that’s best known for its wild animal park. But if school officials get their way, Alvin will be known for building five of the most expensive elementary and junior high schools Texas has ever seen.

To pay for those schools, Alvin Independent School District would like to issue some bonds that would shoot it past San Antonio ISD as one of the state’s most indebted school districts – and not merely per capita. District residents would be on the hook for roughly $1 billion, counting interest payments, in a district that has about $6.5 billion in taxable property.

To put it in household terms, if you’ve got $40,000 in equity on a $260,000 house, actually you’ve got nothing. That’s how much you owe the school district.


Read “Firm in cracked stadium debacle funds pro-bond propaganda”

Read “Watching the Watchdog” (a rebuttal)

Go Sharks! Future Shadow Creek High School mascot unveiled

Move over Oilers, Eagles and Rail Cats. The Shadow Creek Sharks will soon join the mix of school mascots when Pearland’s fourth high school opens its doors in August of 2016.

During a summer election held at the West Pearland Library, future students of new Shadow Creek High School selected school colors and the mascot from a ballot that also included the Spartans, Timberwolves, Titans or Storm.

Students were able to cast their ballots on official voting machines thanks to the joint efforts of the Brazoria County Election Office, Brazoria County Commissioner Stacey Adams and Alvin ISD officials.

Once voting was complete, Alvin ISD trustees voted to approve the naming of the mascot as well as the school colors of black and silver with an ocean blue accent at a meeting held Tuesday (Sept. 8).


11894419_856935947693279_6688911545494488266_oSchool is back in session on Aug. 24 for area schools and that means heightened traffic activity near the schools. During this time, residents are urged to stay clear of school campuses unless absolutely necessary. Pearland Police Department will be out to help facilitate traffic movement, but traffic is still expected to be heavy.

And for those of you that have to be in the area, please observe the school zone speed limits and keep our children safe as they begin another school year.

Start dates:

Alvin ISD Back to School Info


Meet the Teacher – August 20, 5:30-7 p.m.

Junior High

Meet the Teacher – August 19, 5:30-7 p.m.

High School
  • Alvin HS: August 20 – Fish Camp (for all incoming freshmen): 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., August 20 & 21: Schedule Pick-Up, 10 a.m.-12p.m. & 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Manvel HS: ?August 14 – Mav Camp (for all incoming freshmen & new students): A-M: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., N-Z: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.?August 21 – Schedule Pick-Up:, 8-10 a.m. (A-M) and Noon-3 p.m. (N-Z)
ASSETS Academy

July 22, 23 & 24 – Phoenix Camp (for all incoming students): 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

August 20 & 21: Schedule Pick-Up from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Please check or call the individual campuses for the most up to date information in regards to back to school events and activities.

Kelly Hestand named Shadow Creek High School Principal

New Shadow Creek High School principal Kelly Hestand pictured here with son, Noah, daughter, Ella, 11 and husband, Jimmy.

New Shadow Creek High School principal Kelly Hestand pictured here with son, Noah, daughter, Ella, 11 and husband, Jimmy.

Kelly Hestand, an administrator with 23 years of educational experience has been appointed as the principal for the new Shadow Creek High School, set to open for the 2016-2017 school year. The Alvin ISD School Board approved the committee selection on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at their monthly school board meeting.

“We are thrilled to have appointed Kelly Hestand as the principal of Shadow Creek High School. Mrs. Hestand has an extensive background dating back to her time as a high school math teacher and coach. She has served students in multiple leadership capacities both as a campus and district level administrator. She has a proven track record of improving student achievement with a personal area of expertise related to curriculum development and mathematics,” said Buck Gilcrease, Alvin ISD Superintendent.

Hestand received her masters of education from Texas Women’s University and her bachelor of arts in mathematics education from Harding University.

“The Shadow Creek High School principal position drew extensive attention from applicants across the state. Alvin ISD received more than 73 applicants for the position and we are confident that Kelly Hestand’s diverse background and experiences at multiple high schools, and her advanced knowledge of upper level mathematics curriculum will allow her to achieve incredible outcomes at Shadow Creek High School,” said Alvin ISD Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Allen Roberts.

Hestand and her husband, Jimmy, have three children, Ryan, 23, Noah, 14, and Ella, 11.

Hestand said she’s thrilled to have been named by the school board to take on the principal role at Shadow Creek High School.

“As a believer in lifelong learning, I’m driven by a commitment to help students grow as individuals and to build a campus culture with high expectations of success. Opening this new campus is truly an honor and I look forward to partnering with parents and community members to provide our students with limitless opportunities focused on helping each child achieve their goals,” Hestand said.

Teacher Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A Thurs. May 7


Manvel High School’s Liptack selected as Alvin ISD Secondary Principal of the Year

Liptack pictured with Natalie Honore, freshman student at Manvel High School who mentioned that she always gives Liptack hugs whenever she sees her. The student feels as if she always has someone that she can talk to and count on for support, thanks to Liptack.

Liptack pictured with Natalie Honore, freshman student at Manvel High School who mentioned that she always gives Liptack hugs whenever she sees her. The student feels as if she always has someone that she can talk to and count on for support, thanks to Liptack.

Alvin ISD superintendent of schools Dr. Buck Gilcrease recently announced in a special meeting with district leadership that Charlotte Liptack of Manvel High School is the 2015 Alvin ISD Secondary Principal of the Year.

Liptack, who has been in the field of education for more than 20 years now, joined the Alvin ISD team as a counselor at Harby Junior High in 2002. After serving students at the junior high level, she was selected as a counselor for Manvel High School, and soon after was promoted to assistant principal for the campus in 2009. In 2010 Liptack was promoted once again to hold the position of associate principal, and would eventually be named the principal of the campus in 2013.

When asked what he thought about Liptack being selected as Principal of the Year, Manvel High School Assistant Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Kirk Martin said “I think it’s amazing! She’s the greatest leader that I’ve ever known. People want to work for her because she cares about us.”

Upon coming to Alvin ISD, Liptack encouraged the district to participate in the Capturing Kids’ Hearts program. Through the program she learned the importance of showing people how much you care about them and building immense trust with students and staff.

She truly believes that “when u capture kids hearts you have their head,” and this has shown not only in her leadership with students, but also with her team members.

“The relationships she has developed with the students and staff members of Manvel High School is real. She helps teachers to feel valued, and students to feel loved,” said Jamie McRae, Manvel High School counselor.

“She leads by example and love… tough but fair, and knows how to celebrate individual successes. We just love her. She’s awesome,” added Martin.

Awesome seems to be the common denominator among the staff members and students of Manvel High School. When Emily Havens, student and senior lieutenant colonel of the Manvel High School Majestics Dance Team was asked what she thought about Liptack being selected as Principal of the Year she was loud, clear and straight to the point. Her answer: “She better be! She’s awesome!”

Liptack was very appreciative of the designation, especially after being supported heavily by her staff members during her time of need, throughout this past school year. Liptack lost her husband and son in a tragic plane crash early in the school year.

“I am truly humbled. There are so many great leaders in this district,” said Liptack.

“I have been blessed with amazing students and staff members. They have all wrapped their arms around me and taken care of me in a way that I could have never imagined. This would not be possible without their continued support. Through it all, I know that I am loved, and am thankful that my colleagues selected me as this year’s Secondary Principal of the Year. This is such an honor,” added Liptack.

“We selected Charlotte because of her dedication and commitment to the students of Alvin ISD. Even through difficult times, she continued to be present, and showed her passion for developing strong relationships, in an effort to ensure that the students of Manvel High School are constantly educated in a safe and caring environment. We appreciate her for all that she has done and continues to do for the field of education and the students in our district,” said Dr. Buck Gilcrease.

Program educates students on dangers of social media, synthetic drugs, distracted driving

Alvin ISD Police Officers, Paula Parker and Teresa Garrett with Manvel High School Students during the skits performances.

Alvin ISD Police Officers, Paula Parker and Teresa Garrett with Manvel High School Students during the skits performances.

About a year ago, every Alvin ISD Police officer was tasked with taking on additional responsibilities. These responsibilities included taking on a more proactive role in educating students on the dangers they may face in a variety of situations.

Knowing that she could count with the support of the district’s police department to enrich the education of Manvel High School students, assistant principal, Latoya Easter, asked the Alvin ISD Police Department to conduct a presentation for the senior and junior classes on an array of hot topics such as synthetic drugs and social media. During the planning phase, Officer Paula Parker suggested to also add the safe teen driving topic to the presentation. Officer Parker, along with Officer Teresa Garrett, put together a plan to engage the students during what would be an almost 3 hour presentation.

On April 1, Parker and Garrett, with the assistance of the Manvel EMS senior paramedic, Stephanie Enloe, led few awareness sessions specially designed to educate young teenagers not only about the dangers of irresponsible usage of social media, synthetic drugs, and distracted driving, but also to inform them about the legal consequences of these acts.

“I believe educating our youth of today to the reality of issues they are most often faced with, offers them an insight that may one day be the positive influence they reflect back on. I love educating, mentoring, and informing students. To offer students any advice that could one day be their saving grace, is the drive behind my passion,” said Parker.

An important part of the presentation was that students were able to assist with the delivery of the messages. The Manvel High School Theater Department selected students from its program to act out skits prior to each presentation. The skits were written by the students, in collaboration with Easter and the school’s theater director, David Soward. The skits portrayed the students irresponsibly using social media, and consuming alcohol and drugs. Each skit showed the consequences of these acts and how they could negatively impact the lives of students.

“We hope to expand our efforts to include additional officers at more campuses. Officer Parker is currently taking the lead in this effort, but it is our ultimate goal to have all our officers involved in this effort. Their willingness and ability to fulfill this educational mandate will be a requirement for employment,” added Alvin ISD Police Commander Jorge Trevino.

The Alvin ISD Police Department is working with the district Guidance Coordinator, Chenda Moore, and with Ana Pasarella, the district Family Engagement Coordinator, to offer a Parent Awareness Summit on May 9. The Summit will be held at Fairview Junior High School and is open to all the parents in the Alvin ISD community. This will be the first of a series of Parent Awareness Summits that will be offered during the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

For more information about the Parent Awareness Summits, please contact Ana Pasarella at or Chenda Moore at or Officer Paula Parker at