News for Parents

Enterovirus precautions for parents

Fork Union Military Academy is requesting the assistance of our parents and families in preventing the possible spread of illnesses within our Corps of Cadets. The past couple of weeks have seen a rise in reported cases of Enterovirus D68 across the country, including several suspected cases in central Virginia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Virginia's Department of Health have provided some common sense guidelines for limiting any possible outbreaks of this highly contagious illness.

Enteroviruses are quite common, with more than one hundred types of enteroviruses identified, and these viruses can cause a variety of symptoms. The Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is similar to a rhinovirus which causes the common cold, but whereas colds may start with fever, cough, and runny nose, EV-D68 seems to only cause a fever in 25-30% of reported cases, and it can quickly lead to more significant respiratory symptoms including coughing and wheezing. 

With many of our young men going home on leave in the upcoming days, it is important to be aware of such illnesses and take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of this virus and other illnesses in our Corps of Cadets. 

  • Practice all the normal common sense methods of preventing illness: hand washing, using disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing, disinfecting counters and surfaces that are commonly touched such as door knobs.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick.
  • If your son shows symptoms of a cold or other illness, please contact our infirmary for guidance before returning him from leave.
  • If your son has coughing or wheezing, and the symptoms worsen quickly, please seek medical attention for your son before returning him to the Academy.
  • Younger children and those with a history of asthma may be at increased risk for more severe illness.

Please feel free to contact our infirmary (434.842.4310 or infirmary@fuma.org) if you have any questions or concerns.

Clubs and Activities 2014-2015

Fork Union Military Academy has a great selection of extracurricular clubs and activities. All students are encouraged to join a club or two. Participating in extracurricular activities is a wonderful way for the cadets to meet new friends and experience new things, while also showing colleges that your son is well rounded. See the attached list for all club information.

This list is for Upper School Students (some activities may allow Middle School Students to participate). Please contact the Middle School if you are interested in learning more about activities for Middle School cadets.

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Fall Sports 2014-2015

Fall Sports for 2014-2015 include Cross Country, Varsity (PG) Football, Prep Football, Junior Prep Football, Varsity Soccer, Junior Varsity Soccer, and Middle School Soccer

Please visit our Events page to see the schedule of athletic events for this upcoming fall season.

Attached you will find a spreadsheet of the fall sports and contact information for the coaches. 

Note that practice for Cross country starts August 28th. If your son would like to join it is imperative that he see the coach right away.

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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.)

Information for Parents

Parents Association 2014-2015

Please visit our Parents Assocation page to learn more and help support speical activities and scholarships at Fork Union Military Academy.

Laura Luniewski, Associate Director of Development Operations, is the FUMA contact for the Parents Association, and she can be reached at (434) 842-4370 or luniewskil@fuma.org.

BGAV Scholarship Grants Available

There are funds available for students from cooperating churches of the Baptist General Association of Virginia who need aid in financing their education at Fork Union Military Academy for the upcoming academic year.  The awards are open for application now and range up to $1,000 per student per year.  These funds are grants from Virginia Baptists and do not have to be repaid.  The BGAV uses the following criteria to evaluate each applicant: financial need, Christian service, community service, character, and demonstrated leadership. 

Applications on behalf of Fork Union Military Academy cadets have been well-received in the past, and we hope that a number of our cadet families will apply for 2013-2014.  The online application process for Academy Scholarships is available at http://www.vbmb.org/Services/Scholarship/Academy.cfm

If you need assistance or information, please contact Alicia Parker at the BGAV at 1-800-255-2428, ext. 6225.  Scholarship opportunities are also available for Virginia Baptist cadets who are graduating from Fork Union Military Academy and will be attending college next year.  Please check deadlines and criteria for all Virginia Baptist scholarships online at http://www.vbmb.org/Services/Scholarship/default.cfm.

All completed applications must be received or postmarked by the deadline in order to be considered for an award.  The deadline for BGAV Achievement Scholarships for BGAV Academies (for students attending Fork Union) is October 1, 2013.  The deadline for BGAV Achievement Scholarships or BGAV Ministerial Educations (for college-bound students) is April 1, 2014.