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Schedule for Upper School Day Students - Sept 1-7, 2014

Dear Day Student Parents,

All cadets will be on campus shortly and we will soon start the 2014-2015 school year.  Once classes start on Friday, August 29, the cadets’ schedule will become “normal” and familiar.

Athletic schedules (practices, report for games, etc.) will be determined by the team’s coach and communicated to the student-athletes. 

If you have any questions please contact Amy Reese, Activities Coordinator in the Commandant Department, by email at reesea@fuma.org.  If you need immediate assistance, please call (434) 842-4238.                                                                        

 

DAY STUDENT INFORMATION

SCHEDULE - WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 1-7, 2014  

On Monday Friday Class days, Day Students will report to their respective company in Jacobson Hall by 0745

UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS

Monday, September 1            BDU  (Green BDU pants, Black short-sleeve BDU polo shirt, boots)  

Off to a GREAT START!

Sunday, August 24, 2014 marked a milestone as we inch closer to the completion of the numerous check-ins and orientations for our 117th school session. The preseason athletes moved to their respective company and the cadets who are attending Leadership Training have moved to their assigned companies.

In less than one week (Friday, August 29, 2014) classes start and we settle into the flow of the 2014-2015 Academic Calendar.

The Upper School cadets chosen for Leadership Training reported to FUMA on August 18, 2014. Some of the blocks of instruction for Leadership Training included Honor Code, Introduction to Character and Leadership, Conflict Management, Teamwork Drills, Role Play, and Drill and Ceremony to name a few. The cadet leadership, along with members of the Commandant's Department, also took a trip to Arlington National Cemetery where select cadet staff officers participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The cadet leadership candidates were enthusiastically engaged with leadership training and many indicated on the leadership questionnaire that one of the objectives is for their company to exceed the standards and take winning company honors. I think the competition will be fierce. I feel very confident about the cadet leadership in place and think that we have a solid hub of cadet leaders who are eager to take the reins of their respective companies.

The Prep Football and Varsity Football teams had winning numbers in their preseason scrimmages and we trust this is a prelude to the regular season.

The Commandant's Department would like to announce that Mrs. Amy Reese is now the full-time Activities Coordinator and Public Affairs Liaison and is anticipating an exciting year of activities and events. Mrs. Reese will also disseminate information via FUMA Upper School Activities newsletters, blogs, and Constant Contact. Mrs. Reese is "pumped-up" and eager to start filling her clipboards with events. 

Laptop Policy Information

FUMA will once again be incorporating laptop computers into our classrooms for all Upper School Students. The following information is to help you understand what we will be implementing and to solicit any questions or comments that you may have.

All cadets are required to bring a laptop which meets the specifications outlined below. 

While we have been a school with a one-to-one ratio of computers to students for some years, we believe the advances in information technology that continue to occur will allow us to better educate and prepare our cadets for college if we have this technology available to all students all of the time.

Our goal is to support the process of student learning and to develop a core set of skills that will help them be better students and prepare them for college and the "real world" of careers. We intend to continue to emphasize the use of technology as a tool for gathering and organizing information for useful purposes rather than as entertainment.

Any questions related to laptops for next year can be directed to MAJ Scott Krogh (kroghs@fuma.org) – 434-842-4375

The specifications for the required laptops are as follows:

  • Must have Windows 7 or better (Windows 8)
  • Must have at least 4 GB of RAM (required to run Windows 7 or better)
  • Must have 50 GB or more of FREE Hard-Drive Space (the overall size isn't as important as the free space)
  • Must have an Ethernet (Wired) Connection (for Jacobson Hall) and Wireless Connection (for Classroom/Rest of Campus)
  • Operating System must be in English
  • Macs are permitted, but must have a Windows partition on them for the classroom environment.
  • School will provide access to the Microsoft Office Suite for the students.
  • Must be a full-functioning Laptop (not a tablet, phone, e-reader, etc.)

Opening Schedule and Important Information for Upper School Day Students (9-12 and PG)

Dear Day Student Parents,

Thank you for choosing Fork Union Military Academy and entrusting us with your son.  We are committed to the charge we have to educate, develop, and inspire your son in this college preparatory, Christian, military environment.                                                                                                                               

The day student population is an integral part of the Academy and as such we want to ensure that the lines of communication are open and you receive pertinent information in a timely manner.

The Commandant’s Department is the primary source that will keep you abreast of schedules, upcoming mandatory events, and general information pertaining to your son’s cadetship.

If you have any questions please contact Amy Reese, Activities Coordinator in the Commandant Department, by email at reesea@fuma.org.  If you need immediate assistance, please call (434) 842-4238.     

DAY STUDENT INFORMATION

WEEK OF AUGUST 24-30

Sunday, August 24      (For students already enrolled and attending preseason only) Class B Summer Uniform (Short-sleeve blue shirt, gray pants, flat hat) 1300-1500  

Athletes move to their respective companies                                                                           

Day students will receive assigned lockers.

Day students are released at approximately 1600 (4:00 PM) after receiving briefing from the TAC.                                                               

Monday, August 25                                                                                                                          

0830-1100       (Again, for students already enrolled and attending preseason only) Athletes report to Estes Center/Practice –WEAR ATHLETICS 1130 Day student-athletes are released after morning practice

Tuesday, August 26                                                                                                                            

0800                New Upper School NON-ATHLETES* cadets Check-in Estes Dining Hall * New Upper School Day Students are released after the 1:00 PM Orientation.

0830-1100       Athletes report to Estes Center for Practice—wear ATHLETICS Day student-athletes are released after morning practice

Wednesday, August 27    Class B Summer Uniform                                                                           

0745                 (New cadets) Report to respective Company in Jacobson Hall

~ Day Student Non-drivers can be dropped off at Company location/door                                                       

~ Day Student Drivers are to park behind the Infirmary

1500-1700      Day Student-Athletes will attend athletic practice (This is a change)

1600                Day students are released

Thursday, August 28   Class B Summer Uniform 

0745                (New cadets) Report to respective Company in Jacobson Hall  

0800                Retruning students report to Estes Dining Hall

1300                Day students are released BUT are required to return at 1900 (7:00 PM)           

1500-1700      Day Student-Athletes will attend athletic practice (This is a change)

1900-2000       Administrative Orientation in the Chapel

Friday, August 29        Class B Summer Uniform                                                                               

0900                  Report to respective Company in Jacobson Hall                                                                     

0930                The Corps will assemble for Admiral Burhoe’s address to the Corps                                

1015-1230       Class Day                                                                                                                   

1445                Athletic Practices                                                                                                                                

Day Students are released after athletic practice

Saturday, August 30      Class B Summer Uniform 

0845                Report to respective Company in Jacobson Hall 

0900-1230       Class                                                                                                                                                   

                        Day Students are released after Class.

Sunday, August 31        Class B Summer Uniform  

1300-1700       Report to respective Company in Jacobson Hall for Corps training and briefs.          

Information Reference the Jaunt Bus

The Jaunt Bus will commence with the morning run on September 2, 2014 at 6:45 AM.  The afternoon run will commence on September 15, 2014 at 5:20 PM.  The bus stops at FUMA are Jacobson Hall and the Middle School Circle.  The bus stop at Lake Monticello is the Jefferson Centre lot beside Pearls & Nails.

The Jaunt Bus is NOT available on most holidays.  The bus may not run during inclement weather conditions.  It is recommended that you review school closing listings on TV and as provided on the radio.  The van will only accommodate 14 passengers which is on a first come first served basis.  Please do not leave your cadet at the bus stop without assurance of a confirmed seat.

The cost is $2.50 per trip for each passenger.

Please contact Laura Luniewski at (434) 842-4370 (FUMA Development Coordinator) or Cathy Chiovaro (434) 806-6878 who is the Volunteer Coordinator, if you have Jaunt transportation questions.

We are excited about the upcoming school year and anticipate that 2014-2015 will be one of the best!

Best regards,

LTC Al Williamson                                                                                                                      Commandant  

Fork Union Military Academy

Fork Union Hosts College Admissions Roundtable

Admissions officers representing a dozen colleges and universities participated in a College and University Admissions Roundtable discussion for faculty and staff in the Guy Beatty Library on the campus of Fork Union Military Academy on Wednesday morning. For more than two hours, the college admissions personnel discussed the characteristics of their school's ideal admissions candidates and answered questions from the teachers in attendance.

"Our vision in hosting this seminar is for our staff and faculty to learn directly from the front line of college admissions offices how best to prepare our cadets for success on these college campuses," explains COL Todd Giszack, the Academic Dean at Fork Union Military Academy. "As a college preparatory school," Giszack continued, "it is vital that our programs be on the leading edge of preparing young men for success after high school."

The roundtable brought together admissions professionals from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University, Christopher Newport University, University of Mary Washington, Radford University, Roanoke College, Bluefield College, Randolph Macon College, Bridgewater College, and Virginia Wesleyan College. Such a large gathering of college admissions officers for a panel discussion was unprecendented in this region in recent memory, and demonstrates Fork Union Military Academy's commitment to leadership as a college preparatory institution. 

Important Info Regarding PG Football Game Against Apprentice School

The PG Football game scheduled for Friday, August 22, against the Apprentice School may be postponed until Saturday, the 23, due to inclement weather.

Please call Coach Shuman Thursday night for updates on this matter.