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A MEssage from Our Superintendent

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2022! We are excited to welcome in this new year and look forward to our Cloudcroft students continuing to shine. We ended 2021 with many great accomplishments.

To begin with, our high school STEM Team won a sponsorship at The Governor's STEM Challenge. Their sponsor is Pattern Energy. They invented a prototype that converts grey water into potable water and is compact and affordable enough for personal household use. The team consists of Sophia Newton, Tyson Thompkins, Wyatt Renfroe, and Mat Lammey!

Our Robotics Team placed eleventh in the state! As I mentioned last month, the team had to build a robot that could help reduce the danger of performing tasks at a construction site. They had scored twenty overall points, and we had been waiting to hear the overall results. The team consists of Jackson Wojcik, Adrian Kim, Billy Pollard, and Mat Lammey. Great job, Robotics Team!

Knowledge Bowl is underway, and our high school and middle school teams have been competing virtually. The middle school B Team placed second, and the A Team placed third in their December competition. The high school JV Team came in first place, and the Varsity Team played hard but did not place. All teams have one more competition coming up. We will post the virtual link and date as soon as we receive it.

Basketball is well underway! Congratulations to our Boys Team in winning third place at our local Mountain Top Tournament! Our girls played hard but are in a rebuilding phase after losing many seniors last year. I would also like to congratulate Keygan Adams and Kylie Adams for both receiving “All Tournament Players” awards! Great job, Bears!

FFA was busy in December collecting Toys for Tots and volunteering for the Salvation Army “Ringing the Bell” at Albertsons. FFA has a variety of competitions again this spring. Good luck, FFA, and thank you for your service to our community!

Group of FFA members collecting toys

Our middle school Builders Club also collected “Cans for Our Community” in December and was able to help forty families! Also, our fourth graders collected 129 pairs of socks for the homeless in Alamogordo. I am so very proud of how our students give back!

Group of fourth grade students in the classroom

I need to brag on the progress our third through eighth graders are making on the Interim Measure of Student Success and Achievement (IMSSA) assessments for the state. The gains they have made from the beginning of the year to the middle of the year in math and English are incredible. They are making great strides in their academic progress. Great job, students and teachers!

I hope you have noticed our beautiful new marquees at the front of the elementary and high school. This is just another way to keep our parents and community informed of upcoming events and essential information. We are excited to have them up and running.

New marquee in front of school

The David and Lucille Swope Bus Maintenance Facility is coming along nicely and is still on schedule for completion in the spring of 2022.

The state legislative session will begin on January 18. It will be a 30-day session this year. As always, it will address critical education issues. We will keep you updated as we learn more and the session progresses.

I am looking forward to the second half of the 2021–2022 school year. I would like you to feel free to visit our beautiful schools at any time. Just call ahead and schedule it with one of the secretaries.

Just a reminder that we will have school on Mondays, January 10, 24, and 31 as part of NMPED’s “Extended Learning Time” to make up for lost learning during the pandemic. Attendance is very important on these days to continue to make strides in all our students’ academic progress.

Hope to see you around campus!

Go Bears!


Tana Daugherty

Tana Daugherty
Cloudcroft Municipal Schools