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Cloudcroft Schools Spotlight

Summertime is here, and I hope everyone is able to relax and enjoy some quality family time! We are busy planning and preparing for our 2022–2023 school year. We will be ready and in full swing on August 10 to see all of our students smiling faces on the first day back. Until then, we have some exciting news to announce.

FFA students and staff in front of USA Capital

We had three students attend the FFA Washington, D.C. leadership conference. It was an amazing experience for all three of these young ladies as well as their sponsor, Mrs. Watson. They toured the inspiring D.C. with 320 other FFA members from across the United States and came home with amazing memories. They even had the opportunity to meet up with United States representative for New Mexico's 2nd congressional district, Yvette Herrell, while there. Our FFA leaders who were fortunate to attend were Bryanna Bradshaw, Ava Blankenship, and Carly Kimble.

Students helping to build the new dog park

Another exciting accomplishment was our senior class of 2022 community project. In May, the senior class helped build the new dog park and stencil picnic tables. The dog park was a much-needed facility, and our seniors were able to be part of it. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new dog park was recently took place, and it was great to see such a school and community effort.

Our athletes and coaches are getting ready for the 2022–2023 sports seasons. The girls and boys basketball teams have been attending camps and practicing for the month of June. Volleyball, football, and cross country will start practicing in July. See our Home page for the specific schedules.

Students at table during summer youth program activities

The summer youth program has been in full swing. We have over 40 students attending. Instructor Jessica Ham has the students participating in all kinds of fun learning activities. The summer youth program has been a staple in Cloudcroft for many, many years, and we now have children of former attendees participating in it.

A big congratulations to our school board for being one of the top ten school boards in New Mexico to receive the 2021–2022 region meeting attendance award. They excelled in attendance and training at the region school board meetings. 

Speaking of school board meetings, at the June meeting we were able to approve and accept a number of generous donations to a variety of our programs. The donations included:

  • Donation to volleyball: Gilbert and Patti Troell - $500.00
  • Donations of art supplies/cash: In memory of Shannon Porch
  • Donation to CMS TSA: Otero Co. Electric Coop - $2,500.00
  • Donation to CMS FFA: David Bradshaw - $584.00
  • Donation to CMS culinary: Allen and Carol Henry - $100.00
  • Donation to track: Anonymous - $100.00

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all that donated. Our students and staff appreciate the support you have shown to Cloudcroft Municipal Schools.

I would like to welcome our new employees and some previous ones who will now be seen in different places.  Vanessa Hughes, who has been an educational assistant at the high school, will be our new high school secretary.  A transition that occurred during the past school year is that Lisa Royer became our new business manager. I would like to welcome each to their new positions. Our new hires include Chase Shelton as the 7th–12th grade history teacher, head cross country coach, and middle school basketball coach. Another new hire is Debbie Alexander as one of our second grade teachers and lastly, we welcome Madison Lund as the new elementary educational assistant. I want to welcome Chase, Debbie, and Madison to our Bear family!

Kindergarten through 12th grade registration takes place in the month of July. These dates are July 27 and July 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the school your student will be attending. Please take this opportunity to get your student registered, pick up a supply list, and meet some of the staff.  Please contact the appropriate school at (575) 601-4416 if you have any questions or concerns.

I would like to wish everyone a festive 4th of July, and I will see you next month as we welcome our students back!

Go, Bears!


Tana Daugherty

Tana Daugherty
Cloudcroft Municipal Schools

Welcome to the Cloudcroft Municipal Schools Website

We are located in the Village of Cloudcroft, approximately 16 miles east of Alamogordo, New Mexico. We are proud to be the kindergarten through 12th grade education center for a large portion of the Southern Sacramento Mountains. Our schools serve Cloudcroft and the outlying communities of Mayhill, Weed, Piñon, Sacramento, and Timberon—an area covering roughly 850 square miles. 

It is our honor to live in a region of great beauty within the boundaries of the Lincoln National Forest. We are also proud of the dedication our student-focused staff members display each day as they educate our students. Our teachers encourage opportunities for growth and believe in teaching from a holistic approach to nurture our students’ minds, bodies, and spirits. While we embrace our rural small town lifestyle, we also prepare our students to be well-equipped to thrive in the 21st century.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our schools and our people. If you have any questions, we welcome you to stop by or give us a call.