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February 10, 2023

Weekly Update for February 10, 2023

We hope everyone had a great week! Below are the parent updates for this week. 

FUMA Transportation Deadline for Spring Break

Spring Break is just around the corner. All cadets are required to leave campus on Friday, March 10. If your cadet needs FUMA Transportation to and from campus for Spring Break, the deadline to send in your leave request is Friday, February 24 or it's a $10 per day late charge. 

Spring Break starts Friday, March 10 and ends on Sunday, March 19 at 7 PM. 

Farewell SGM Mike Ocker - A Charlie Company Change

It is with mixed emotions what we will be saying a fond farewell to SGM Mike Ocker this week as the date of his planned retirement has arrived. After four-plus years of valued service to the Academy, SGM Ocker will be joining his family in the Outer Banks of North Carolina Friday, January 27. With SGM Ocker's departure, SGT Miles Davis has been named TAC Officer for Charlie Company beginning on Friday, January 27. SGT Davis will be sending out a communication to the Charlie families this coming week to make is personal introduction. He can be reached at or by phone in the Charlie Company TAC Office at 434-842-4229.

Fork Union Announces Scholarship Competition for 2023-2024 School Year 

The Academy is proud to announce the inaugural Andrew R. Dodge Meritorious Scholarship Competition for the 2023-2024 academic year. Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to compete for the Dodge Scholarship this spring. The scholarship competition was established by Mr. Andrew R. Dodge, Class of 1965, to promote an appreciation for a transitional event occurring in American history during the late 18th century through the 20th century or the United States Constitution in research paper form. The winner of the competition will receive a significant scholarship applied to his FUMA tuition in 2023-2024. 

Interested and eligible cadets should contact their academic advisor for registration and topic approval by Friday, February 17. The research paper must be submitted by Friday, April 14. Learn more about the competition here.

Parents, We Need Your Help!

Our biggest marketing tool is positive word of mouth. If you are pleased with how your cadet has progressed through his time here on campus, we would love to sit down with you for a parent testimonial. Prospective parents love to hear feedback from current families on their FUMA experience. If you are interested in helping the Academy with a parent testimonial, please contact Mrs. Jackie Montero-Sharpe at to set up your interview. 

FUMA Transportation Reminder

We would like to remind all parents that FUMA Transportation and private hires to and from airports, train stations and bus stations are only available for major leaves. Winter Break is not a major leave. The following leaves are considered major leaves for the remainder of the school year:

  • Spring Break (March 10 & March 19)
  • End of the Year Travel/Graduation (June 1 & 2)

Leave Weekend Added on February 3

An open leave weekend has been added to the calendar on February 3 through February 5. Leave will begin Friday, February 3 after athletic practices and end on Sunday, February 5 at 7 PM. Please use Orah to submit your leave requests. 

Ring Ceremony Set for March 31 

The annual Ring Ceremony will be held in the Wicker Chapel on Friday, March 31 at 10:30 AM. If your cadet ordered a class ring this year, parents will be receiving an email with detailed information about the ceremony in the next week or so. 

2023 Graduation Start Time has been Set

We are excited to announce that the 2023 Senior Class will have their graduation ceremony at 10 AM on Friday, June 2, 2023. The ceremony will be held at the Stadium Field and there is no limit to the amount of guests, weather permitting. More details, including the graduation guest speaker, will be formally announced at a later time. 

It is Time to Re-Enroll Your Cadet!

The Admissions Office made re-enrollment contracts available on SchoolAdmin on Monday, January 2. All current cadets in grades 7th through 11th are eligible to return for the 2023-2024 academic year. We are encouraging all families to re-enroll early to receive a discount of $1,000. If you re-enroll before March 3, you will receive the $1,000 discount. 

The deadline to re-enroll for the 2023-2024 academic year is April 30, 2023. If you re-enroll after April 30, there will be a late fee charged per month after the deadline. 

  • Early Enrollment Discount: Current families who enroll before Friday, March 3, 2023 will receive a $1,000 discount. 
  • Tuition Protection Plan: The cost of the Tuition Protection Plan is $1,000 for the 2023-2024 academic year and must be paid prior to your cadet's arrival on campus.
  • Re-Enrollment Deadline: Sunday, April 30, 2023.
  • Early Payment Discount/Credit: any family who pays their FACTS account balance, 100% full, prior to their cadet's arrival on campus will receive a $1,000 credit. 

Please follow the link to read the Financial Aid information in full detail here. 

Fork Union Announces the "125 for the 125th" Campaign

Following a very successful Day of Giving on Founder's Day weekend, Fork Union Military Academy announced the start of the public phase of a fund-raising campaign, "125 for the 125th," in honor of the school's 125th anniversary, which will be observed the weekend of October 13-15, 2023. 

To learn more about the "125 for the 125th" Campaign, please click here.

Does Your Cadet Have a Birthday During the School Year?

Ms. Rhonda White, Fork Union's Coordinator of Assessments & Student Records, is offering something special to parents if they would like to celebrate their cadet's birthday at FUMA if it falls during the school year. Ms. White is offering birthday bags and/or special cupcakes for parents to purchase. If you are interested, please contact Ms. White at or 434-842-4203. 

Items offered for purchase:

  • Quantity of 6 Cupcakes | $10
  • Quantity of 12 Cupcakes | $20
  • Medium Size Bag Full of Snacks | $25
  • Large Size Bag Full of Snacks | $40

Do You Want to Schedule Senior/Cadet Portraits?

Have you scheduled your cadet portraits? We are please 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 have been specializing in high school senior photography for 10 years. Kristin is local to Fork Union and has a studio on campus. For more information regarding booking your son's private session, please visit the website below for special FUMA rates: Kristin Firewicz Studios.

Academic Calendar  

Please bookmark the link to our Academic Calendar for the 2022-2023 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.   

Important Upcoming Dates 

·         Friday, February 10, 2023 | Winter Leave Weekend Starts

o    Winter Leave Weekend starts at 2:00 PM on Friday. Transportation will not be provided.

·         Monday, February 13, 2023 | Winter Leave Weekend Ends

o    Winter Leave Weekend ends at 7:00 PM on Monday. Transportation will not be provided.

·         Friday, February 17, 2023 | Term 3 Final Exam

o    The class day is adjusted to an exam day.

·         Monday, February 20, 2023 | Term 4 Begins

·         Friday, March 9-Sunday, March 19, 2023 | Spring Break

o    Cadets are eligible to leave at 1230 on Friday and need to return by 1900 on Sunday.

·         Saturday, March 25, 2023 | PG/Senior Dinner

o    Fork Union will honor its seniors and PGs with a formal dinner. 

·         Friday, March 31, 2023 | Ring Ceremony

o    The ceremony will be held in the Wicker Chapel at 10:30 AM. 

·         Friday, April 7, 2023 - Monday, April 10 | Easter Leave Weekend

o    Cadets are eligible to leave campus for an extended Easter weekend. 

·         Saturday, April 22, 2023 | Military Ball

o    Open to Juniors, Seniors & PGs only. Tickets are $25 per individual.

·         Thursday, June 1, 2023 | Term 5 Exam

·         Friday, June 2, 2023 | Graduation