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A MEssage from Our Superintendent

Dear Students and Staff!

The 2021–2022 school year is off to a super start!  It is so nice having all of our students back on campus. They are so happy to be back in school among their peers, teachers, and staff. We are making it a safe place to concentrate on learning. In accordance with NMPED and DOH, all staff and students are wearing face masks indoors and 100% of staff are participating in weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing. We are also communicating through emails and phone calls when a case of COVID-19 is detected, and all precautions are taken according to the DOH. We want parents to please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Our focus is keeping students safely in school for their success!

Michael Shinabery posing for a picture with two other adults

I want to give a huge shout out to Michael Shinabery who has volunteered his musical expertise to Cloudcroft Schools from 2002 to 2021! He received the CMS Bear Appreciation Award at the school board meeting on August 17. He has inspired so many students to discover their musical talents. He was an inspiration, indeed! He will be missed. Good luck with your next endeavors, Mr. Shinabery!

FFA Ag team

Another shout out to our FFA Ag issues team who presented their debate on wild horses. As you may have heard and seen, there are many wild horses that have migrated into the village surrounding national forest and private lands these last few years. The FFA team presented the different sides of this topic and the issues that have been raised. It was informative and insightful. They will be competing in nationals on September 10 virtually. If possible, we will live stream their competition but, if you would like a preview, visit our Facebook page and watch the board presentation from August 17. Good luck to sponsor Joni Watson and FFA competitors Jesi Watson, Brad Lynch, Kylie Adams, Bryanna Bradshaw, Alex Singer, and alternate Wesley Wolfe.

Student signing to play softball for WNMU

Also, our class of 2021 salutatorian, Kaylee Hickman, has signed to play softball for WNMU in Silver City. We are so proud of her and her accomplishments! We will miss her, but we are excited to watch her success with the Lady Mustangs. Good luck, Kaylee!

I would like to welcome our new k–8 counselor, Pat Ledezma, to the Bear family. We are happy to have you on the k–8 Bear team.

David & Lucille Swope Bus Maintenance Facility building

I am delighted to announce that we will be breaking ground on the David & Lucille Swope Bus Maintenance Facility on Highway 82 between the high school and middle school. This has been a vision that is finally coming to fruition with much planning and consideration. It will be a wonderful dedication to two people who transported generations of our students over the years. The building is much needed and will be a welcome addition to our facilities. We are fulfilling our promise from the previous bond in 2018 and want to thank our community for providing the money necessary for this much needed addition.

Speaking of bond money, we need everyone to vote on November 2! We have a general obligation bond  (GO bond) that, if passed, will continue providing monies for our students and facilities. Our elementary and middle schools were built in the 1980’s and are in need of some critical renovations. Much of the upcoming bond money will be set aside for these projects as well as other projects that come up over the next four years. We appreciate your support and investment in our students and Cloudcroft Municipal Schools.  Please vote on November 2!

Did you attend our town hall meetings last year? If not, we would like to invite you to attend these informative dialogues with our staff, parents, students, and community members. It has been a fun and creative way to share and learn information about what is going on at our schools and how we can better serve our students and our community. We will post the upcoming meetings on our website and our Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

Also, we are excited for our September school, family, and community - pies, popcorn, and Bear bingo night! The date is still to be determined but, we will get it out there soon on our website and Facebook page. We are looking forward to the fellowship with our Bear family and community members.

One more date to be looking for is our meet the candidates. We have two school board positions up for election on November 2. As in the past, we will hold a public forum (live streamed as well) for questions and to meet the candidates who will be representing Cloudcroft Schools for the next four years. We encourage everyone to attend or tune in to be part of this event that will take place in October.

Wow! A lot of excitement for the 2021–2022 school year. I did not even mention the sporting events! Please look on our website for our football, volleyball, and cross country competitions occurring this fall. We would love to see the support for our student athletes.

Thank you for a great start to the new school year. I know there will be challenges to face, but with our commitment to our students’ success, we will be able to make this school year the best possible!

Go, Bears!


Tana Daugherty

Tana Daugherty
Cloudcroft Municipal Schools