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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.

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 www.alvinisd.net 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.

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.

AISD to Host Bilingual Family Night Jan. 12



For more information, visit AISD.

Vote Now in Online Poll for Local Candidates


The Pearland Chamber of Commerce‘s political information page, Pearland Votes, is holding an online poll for the upcoming local elections. The online ballot includes the Mayoral, Council, and School District races. Vote now for your favorite candidates!

Early Voting Dates and Times:

  • Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 3: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, May 5 – Tuesday, May 6: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Forums Spotlight Pearland Candidates

Mayoral candidates Tom Reid (standing at left) and Woody Owens (at right) April 10 at Nolan Ryan JH (Photo: Kristi Nix)

Mayoral candidates Tom Reid (standing at left) and Woody Owens (at right) April 10 at Nolan Ryan JH (Photo: Kristi Nix)

Candidates in the upcoming May 10 mayoral, city council and school board elections took center stage last week at east and west side candidate forums co-hosted by the Pearland Chamber of Commerce and the Pearland Police Officer’s Association.

A forum was held Tuesday (April 8) for Pearland Independent School District (Pearland ISD) trustee candidates, city council and mayoral candidates at the C.A. Nelson Auditorium. A second forum was held in west Pearland Thursday (April 10) for Alvin Independent School District (Alvin ISD) trustee candidates along with council member and mayoral candidates at Nolan Ryan Junior High.

Who are the candidates?

In the mayoral race, incumbent Tom Reid is challenged by former Pearland City Council member Woody Owens. For Pearland City Council Position Three, incumbent Susan Sherrouse is opposed by Gary Moore.

Two trustee positions are up for grabs on the Pearland ISD Board election. Position One Trustee Adele Brennan is not seeking re-election. Two candidates have filed to serve as her replacement: Jeff Jeffress and Charles Gooden Jr. Incumbent Rusty DeBorde is challenged by Suzanne Johnson for Position Two Trustee.

West Pearland voter zoned to Alvin ISD will elect two board members. For Position Six Trustee, former Alvin ISD Board Member Earl Humbird is running against incumbent Sue Stringer. Both candidates live in Alvin.

Position Seven Trustee Charles McCauley is not seeking re-election. Two candidates are running to serve as his replacement: Alvin-resident Chad Dudley and Vivian Scheibel, who lives in Pearland’s Shadow Creek Ranch.

Board members are at-large positions and serve three-year terms.

Will voters approve two new city council positions?

Pearland voters will also be asked to consider a number of proposed changes to the city charter. The most notable change would add two new positions, increasing the council from six to eight members. Council seats are at-large positions and members serve three-year terms.

Election Day is Saturday, May 10. Early voting begins Monday, April 28 and continues until Tuesday, May 6.

For more information about candidates and the upcoming election, residents can visit the Pearland Chamber of Commerce’s election page at www.pearlandvotes.com.

Residents can also find election information online via the City of Pearland at www.cityofpearland.com/government/elections.

Source: The Pearland Journal

Alvin ISD’s Third High School Makes Progress

Rendering by SHW Group

Rendering by SHW Group

As Alvin ISD continues to grow in enrollment, so does the need for additional facilities to support student growth and achievement. Community members recently voted to pass the November 2013 bond referendum in support of the District’s third high school, Shadow Creek High School.

After months of visioning, planning and design, the construction of Shadow Creek High School is now underway. Throughout the last year Alvin ISD staff and community members, along with architects from the SHW Group, have worked diligently to develop a design for the campus that will provide students with a unique learning environment, filled with unlimited opportunities.

A team of 70 individuals partnered with the District to develop a concept and brainstorm a design for the District’s third high school. “Considering that there are so many unknown factors about the future of our children we had to be open-minded and collaborative to determine how to secure their instructional future,” said Dr. Fred Brent, Alvin ISD superintendent of schools.

After taking in consideration that the District must meet the needs of 21st century learners, while fostering creativity and giving students opportunities to apply the skills that they learn, the design for Shadow Creek High School was developed.

“Shadow Creek High School is designed in a way that will allow students to pursue their passion, and learn at a deeper level. The entire concept of the campus was designed from the ground up based on the current and future needs of our students,” added Brent.

The campus, which is currently being built at the corner of Broadway and Kirby, across from the Dillard’s in the Pearland Town Center, will be a three story structure with the capacity to accommodate 2,500 students. The main entrance of the campus will be off of Broadway. There will be multiple parking lots to accommodate the number of students and staff, as well as visitors to the campus and the athletic venues. The athletic facilities will be strategically placed on the side of the campus, to minimize the impact of stadium lighting to the adjacent homes. The campus will include various learning spaces that allow for not only traditional learning in a closed classroom environment, but also independent and group learning opportunities in learning hubs and open spaces outside of the classroom.

“I think that kids will be excited about the non-traditional spaces included in Shadow Creek High School. They’ll have more opportunities to collaborate, and more opportunities to work together with their peers. There will also be lots of technology integrated into their instruction and their collaborative work,” said Alexander.

The District expects the design of Shadow Creek High School to lead to a learning platform where students are actually able to apply what they learn. The spaces that will be provided in the new campus are all designed around the instructional needs of the students, and will allow teachers to provide students with challenging instructional opportunities based on state standards in a way that provides real world, hands-on learning experiences.

“In the end, they will have learned the same standards that they would have in a traditional setting. However they will have learned it in a more profound way because they will have had an experience with the content, which allows the learning to be more meaningful for them,” said Michelle McEuen, Nolan Ryan Junior High teacher.

“The students of Shadow Creek High School are going to be blown away! They are going to love it, because it’s designed for them. I am convinced that Shadow Creek High School is designed from the ground up based on the learning needs of our students and what they will be in the future. It’s designed to secure the instructional future of Alvin ISD and the students of Shadow Creek High School for the next 3 or 4 decades,” Brent said.

The District’s third comprehensive high school is set to open for the 2016-2017 school year.

Details about a groundbreaking ceremony will be forthcoming. To take a tour of the facility, visit www.alvinisd.net/schs.

City of Pearland, PISD and AISD Candidate Forums April 8 & 10


The Pearland Police Officer’s Association & Pearland Chamber of Commerce invites all residents of the City of Pearland to attend this event for the opportunity to meet the candidates for the upcoming general election on May 10th and hear their ideas on local issues.

Meet Pearland Mayor, City Council & PISD School Board Candidates 

Moderated Question & Answer session
Open floor for questions from the audience

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7 p.m. 
Location: C.A. Nelson Auditorium
2337 N. Galveston Ave.

Meet Pearland Mayor, City Council & AISD School Board Candidates 

Moderated Question & Answer session
Open floor for questions from the audience

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Location: Nolan Ryan Jr High 
Auxiliary Room
11500 Shadow Creek Parkway


Election Day: May 10

Early voting: April 28 – May 6