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March 11, 2024

Fork Union's Friday Update:

March 11, 2024

Greetings from Fork Union Military Academy! 

Below you will find the Academy's parent update and Blue Devil Report from this past Friday, March 8. I decided to wait to send this out until today to make sure all have settled from their Spring Break departure. We hope that everyone's Spring Break is off to a fabulous start!

Don't forget to scroll down for the weekly updates.

The Blue Devil Report - March 8, 2024

New Information for the Week:

Below you will find all the new information that has been added this week. As a reminder, please visit the Parents Page on to view all the following information. These are posted under Announcements each week. 

Click here to visit the Fork Union Parents Page.


Following Spring Break, we enter arguably the best time of the year: Parade Season! Starting at the end of April, Fork Union Military Academy will host seven parades and ceremonies that will be mandatory for all cadets, including day students. Below is the parade schedule for the 2024 spring:

Friday, April 26, 2024 | 2:00 PM | Military Appreciation Day Parade
Sunday, May 5, 2024 | 10:00 AM | Alumni Veteran's Memorial Ceremony
Sunday, May 5, 2024 | 1:30 PM | Alumni Day Parade
Friday, May 10, 2024 | 2:00 PM | Mother's Day Parade
Friday, May 17, 2024 | 2:00 PM | First Responders Parade
Friday, May 24, 2024 | 2:00 PM | Senior Day Parade
Monday, May 27, 2024 | 2:59 PM | Memorial Day Ceremony
 (This ceremony will be at the War Memorial and will begin one minute or two before 3:00 PM as 3 PM is the National Moment of Remembrance.)


Click this link to find a flyer sent from a West Point representative to share with junior families. If you are interested in the program, the priority deadline for applications is March 15th. They accept applications to April 15th. The application process is competitive. 

What is SLE?

  • SLE is a one-week program for current Juniors (High School Class of 2025) to visit West Point in June.
  • Students in this program get to spend the week with our cadets, live in the barracks, and eat in the mess hall.
  • Learn about West Point’s world class academics by trying 5 of our 17 academic workshops.
  • Learn about military training and becoming a Leader of Character at West Point by completing two military days to include rappelling, Zodiac boats, combatives (like Jiu-Jitsu) training and more!
  • Challenge themselves physically by attempting the Candidate Fitness Assessment, conducting physical training, and sports.
  • Complete their admissions interview with a cadet.
  • Spend the week making friends with other students from all over the US who are applying to West Point.

Learn more about SLE-

Apply now-


An email went out to all senior and postgraduate families announcing the annual Senior/PG Dinner on Saturday, March 23. This event will begin their journey to graduation with our pinning ceremony and special dinner. We encourage all senior and postgraduate families to come. 

The dinner promptly starts at 6:30 PM and requires family members to register for the event. We would like to limit family members to no more than 8 attendees.

To register for the Senior/PG Dinner please follow the link: RSVP HERE

During the dinner, the Advancement Department presents a video slideshow of baby photos of all the seniors and PGs. Please send your seniors baby photos to Mrs. Kate Goad before Monday, March 18 to be included!


We hope everyone enjoys their Spring Break! Keep in mind, all cadets need to return by 7:00 PM on Sunday, March 17. The earliest a cadet can return to campus is 10 AM on Sunday. 

If you have any questions about your cadet's Spring Break return, please reach out to Mr. BJ York at .


If you have not started the re-enrollment process, please review the details below:

The Admissions Office has made re-enrollment contract available on SchoolAdmin! If your cadet has received a re-enrollment invitation from the Admissions Office he is eligible to re-enroll. We are encouraging all families to re-enroll early to receive a $750 tuition credit. If you re-enroll and pay the registration deposit before March 29, you will receive the $750 credit. 

The deadline to re-enroll for the 2024-2025 academic year is April 26, 2024. If you re-enroll after April 26, there will be a late fee charged per month after the deadline.

Below are the correct dates for re-enrollment. 

  • Extended Financial Aid Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024
  • Early Enrollment Credit: Current families who enroll and pay the registration deposit before Friday, March 29, 2024 will receive a $750 credit. 
  • Tuition Protection Plan: The cost of the Tuition Protection Plan is $1,250 for the 2024-2025 academic year and must be paid prior to your cadet's arrival on campus. 
  • Early Re-Enrollment Deadline to Receive Credit: Friday, March 29, 2024
  • Final Re-Enrollment Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2024. 
  • Early Payment Credit: Any family who pays their FACTS account balance, 100-percent full, prior to their cadet's arrival on campus will receive a $750 credit on their account. 
  • Your Re-Enrollment Agreement is available in your Parent Portal in SchoolAdmin.

Financial Aid: Ensure to reapply for Financial Aid before submitting the re-enrollment agreement and tuition deposit. For any questions about your financial aid award, feel free to schedule an appointment with Mr. Bob Williams, our Director of Financial Aid, Calendly - Robert Williams.

Re-Enrollment Process: 

To begin the re-enrollment process:

  • Log in to your Parent Portal to access your cadet's 2024-2025 Enrollment Agreement and the Enrollment Checklist. 
  • Within the Agreement, you will find the option to select the Tuition Protection Plan. Sign the agreement and submit the required tuition deposit within the Parent Portal and FACTS to secure your cadet's place for the upcoming year. 

Please keep in mind that the 2024-25 academic check-in dates have not been published on SchoolAdmin which is the final step to completing your checklist. 

Below you will find a video on how to re-enroll your cadet:

Re-Enrollment for 2024-2025 Informative Video

Archived Information:

Below you will find important archived information that has been released in previous weeks. 


Cadets who perform well academically in their class studies each grading term, receiving grades of B- or better as their final grade for the term, are named to the Honor Roll by COL Mike Goad, the Academic Dean of Fork Union Military Academy. 

Click here to find the Honor Roll for Term 3. 


The College Placement Department is gearing up to meet with all rising 9th through 12th graders to discuss post-high school plans and course requests for the 2024-2025 academic year. Mrs. Hill and Dr. Benson will meet individually with each cadet throughout Term 4.

After the meetings are complete, Mrs. Hill and Dr. Benson will reach out to their respective families through email. Please be on the lookout for those emails during Term 5.


The Interact Club is thrilled to announce our upcoming Prep Food Drive to support the local SPCA here in Fluvanna. Help us make tails wag and purrs rumble by contributing to our cause. We are partnering with the Fluvanna SPCA to collect donations of pet food, towels and blankets. 

Whether it's canned, dry, or treats for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, every donation counts. Additionally, if you have any old towels or blankets lying around, we'd be grateful to take them off your hands. Simply drop off your donations at the Commandant's Department when you return your cadet from Spring Break on Sunday, March 17. 

Any questions may be directed to CSM Garcia via email at .


An email went out to all senior and postgraduate families announcing the annual Senior/PG Dinner on Saturday, March 23. This event will begin their journey to graduation with our pinning ceremony and special dinner. We encourage all senior and postgraduate families to come. 

The dinner promptly starts at 6:30 PM and requires family members to register for the event. We would like to limit family members to no more than 8 attendees.

To register for the Senior/PG Dinner please follow the link: RSVP HERE


Senator Mark Warner invites high school and middle school students, their parents/guardians, and school counselors to Academy Day 2024. Attendees will be provided a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admission processes. 

Save the Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024
Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Randolph-Macon College Center for the Performing Arts, Blackwell Auditorium, 205 Henry Street, Ashland, VA 23005

To ensure you receive it and the registration link for the event, please email . For more information on the Academy Nomination Process, please visit 

Please note: This is a notification of the Academy Day that Senator Warner hosts every year for those in the state of Virginia. Even if you do not reside in Virginia, the information is valuable. An email will go out to interested 10th & 11th grade cadets if they wish to travel with the Academy. We will be able to take 13 cadets with FUMA Transportation. The College Placement Department will register the cadets who express interest in attending. 

This weekend does not fall over a Leave Weekend. If you wish to take your cadet outside of the FUMA group, you will need to email to ensure you are placed on the list to receive the invitation and registration link. You will need to register yourself and your cadet separately through the registration event.


We are thrilled to announce that Fork Union Military Academy's Interact Club is teaming up with Fluvanna County High School and the Fluvanna County Rotary Club to host a Rise Against Hunger event right here on campus! 

Date: Friday, April 26
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Estes Athletic Center

Join us for an impactful day as we come together to package nutritious meals for those in need around the world. Let's unite our efforts and work towards a world without hunger. Together, we can make a difference! If you would like to attend, please register for this event below. If you are unable to attend and would like to donate to this event, please click the link below.

Register & Donate Here! 


Congratulations to cadets Chrysander Rahardjo and Levi Jones for being honored today for being selected Cadet Leader of the Term and Cadet of the Term for Term 3, respectively. Click the link below to read more:

Fork Union Announces Cadet Leader & Cadet of the Term for Term 3


Did you know that Fork Union offers a Visiting Family Guide? It lives on and offers discounts to local hotels in the area for Fork Union families. You can stay at the Best Western and the Hilton Garden Inn for 15-percent off when you call directly. Click here to view.

  • Best Western Plus Crossroads Inn & Suites: 540-832-1700
  • Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville: 434-979-4442

Call these hotels now to plan any visit to campus as we enter the spring and parade seasons.


The 2024 Skirmisher yearbook is now on sale! This year's edition will be almost 50% larger than recent years! The books will be distributed in late May before the cadets leave campus but must be pre-ordered via the Jostens web site to guarantee your cadet gets a copy: Order your cadet's yearbook today!

Making It Through "The Dark Ages"

January and February tend to be "gloomy" months for cadets. I was reminded today that alumni from some years ago used to refer to this time of the year as "The Dark Ages." The fun of the holidays is over, the weather can be cold or even icy, and it feels like a long time between Christmas Leave and Spring Break. Even our happiest of cadets can become a bit whiny and out of sorts during the sunlight-reduced days of wintertime. 

Can I make a suggestion?

Order Cadet Care Packages

Ms. Rhonda White, our Coordinator of Assessments & Student Records, provides parents with the opportunity to treat their cadet with something sweet and special. Do you want to do something special to surprise your cadet while at FUMA? Treat him to a birthday surprise, a pick-me-up, or "just because" treat from the list below.

  • Qty of 6 Cupcakes for $10
  • Qty of 12 Cupcakes for $20
  • Qty of 12 Brownies for $10
  • Qty of 12 Chocolate Chip Cookies for $12
  • Medium Size Gift Bag of Treats for $25
  • Large Size Gift Bag of Treats for $40

For more information, please contact Ms. Rhonda White at .

Did you know FUMA has Company Facebook Groups?

The Commandant's Department works hard with each company to provide a private Facebook Group for Alpha, Bravo and Charlie Companies. These groups are great ways to interact with the company TAC Officer, network with families and see candid photos for your cadet. 

If you have not joined your cadet's Facebook group, you can find the links below:

Parents Association & Carpool List

The Parents Association of Fork Union Military Academy is a voluntary association of parents who wish to support the mission of the Academy with their time, talents, and gifts. The Association provides direct support to the Academy's educational programs and technologies through their dues and fundraising endeavors. It also helps encourage parent participation and facilitates parent communication and networking. 

Each year, the Parents Association helps with arranging Carpools for Cadet Transportation. Below is the Carpool List for the academic year. Please read the instructions provided in the document. If interested, submit your information to families in your area. 

Please consider joining the Parents Association! Click here to become a member. 

Orah Parent Portal Information 

Fork Union Military Academy depends on the Orah App for all cadet accountability purposes. Parents must use Orah when requesting their cadet to depart campus for any reason. With the first Leave Weekend of the academic year approaching, please read the detailed information on how to set up your Orah Account below:

Do You Want to Schedule Senior/Cadet Portraits?

It's time to schedule your cadet's portraits! We are pleased to be able to recommend Kristin Firewicz Studios to our cadet families. Kristin is a professional photographer contracted by the Academy to take campus photos throughout the year and has been specializing in high school senior photography for over 10 years. Kristin is local to Fork Union and has a studio on campus. For more information regarding booking your cadet's private session, please visit her website for special FUMA rates: Kristin Firewicz Studios.

Academic Calendar  

Please bookmark the link to our Academic Calendar for the 2023-2024 year. This calendar highlights all the major events on campus for the academic year, including dates of when each term begins and ends, leave weekends, SAT and ACT tests and all holiday breaks.

The easy way to find it on is under Academics - Academic Calendar

Athletic News and Schedules

Please bookmark the link to the FUMA Athletics website. The athletic website will be your home for all game schedules, rosters and news stories. Below you will find the direct link to the Athletics Calendar:

FUMA Athletics also offers a mobile app! Follow the link to download the FUMA Athletics App for all updates including, news stories, rosters, and schedule changes. The app allows you to receive direct messages on all schedule updates and changes, so please allow push notifications in your settings. 

Live Streaming for Home Athletic Events & Campus Events

Fork Union Military Academy works hard to live stream most events that happen on campus for our parents to view. We stream all home athletic events on the Fork Union Military Academy YouTube Channel. We are also able to stream events that are in the Wicker Chapel and Parades. 

Please subscribe to the Fork Union YouTube Channel to get alerts on when Fork Union Military Academy is live. 

Subscribe to YouTube, here.

Academic Scheduling 

Should you have any questions regarding your son’s class options and graduation plan, please contact their respective academic scheduler: 

Check out the photos!

You can view photos almost daily of your son throughout the academic year at:

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Kelly Barnette
Director of Communications
Fork Union Military Academy