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November 11, 2022

Weekly Update for November 11, 2022

Below are the parent updates for the week:

This Weekend's Activities

Mr. BJ York and Fork Union's Commandant's Department work tirelessly each week to provide a fun atmosphere for the cadets. Below are this weekend's activities. 

  • Chain Lab:
    • Cadets are eligible to go to the Chain Lab on Saturday from 1230 to 1730.
  • Weight Room:
    • Cadets are eligible to go to the Weight Room on Saturday & Sunday from 1430-1630.
  • Off-Campus Trips:
    • There are not any off-campus trips for this weekend. 
  • Upcoming Cadet Events/Activities:
    • Saturday, December 3 | 1900-2100
      • On-site Semi-Formal for 11th & 12th grades only. 
    • Saturday, December 3 | 1300-1600
      • Off-site paintball for 7th-10th & PGs. ($35 can be paid at the Social Center. This payment is due before Thanksgiving Break.)

Thanksgiving Travel Reminders

On Friday, November 18, all cadets are required to leave campus for Thanksgiving Break. Every cadet will need to have a Leave Request submitted in Orah. Please submit your cadet's Leave Request as soon as possible. The FUMA transportation deadline has already passed. If your cadet needs FUMA transportation to leave/return to campus for Thanksgiving Break and you have not submitted your travel requests to Mr. BJ York, there is a $10 per day late fee. 

FUMA Transportation needs at least two weeks to plan for major holiday breaks. If travel requests are not submitted by Nov. 4, which is today, there will be a $10 per day late fee.

Do You & Your Cadet Want to Travel to Italy?

Fork Union's staff and Explorica will team up later this school year to take a trip to Italy in March of 2023. Regina Delman and CPT Michael Head will supervise cadets on a tour of Milan, Venice, Verona, Florence, and Rome all between March 10-March 17, 2023. 

You can find a complete itinerary on our website at this link. Ms. Delman and CPT Head are still welcoming registrations for their trip to Italy with a registration deadline of November 30, 2022. FUMA Parents are allowed to sign up for this trip with their cadet as well!

It's Time to Order Your Class Ring

It is time to order your cadet's class ring! A class ring captures the memories of the greatest days of your son's high school years. A custom ring designed exclusively for Fork Union Military Academy is available to all juniors and seniors. Rings will be presented at a Ring Ceremony in the spring where parents will be invited to. A representative from Jostens will be set up in the dining hall during the lunch periods on Tuesday, November 8 and can personally size your cadet's finger to make sure he receives the right fit. He will also be able to fill out the form for ordering the ring which will be held until you can send in payment for Jostens. For any questions about your son's class ring, please contact Ms. Rhonda White at

The Thanksgiving & Spring Break Trips are filling up Fast!

The holiday trips are booking quickly! Please email Mr. BJ York to sign your son up for an exciting trip to the Virginia Beach during Thanksgiving or Disney World during Spring Break!

This year, the Academy is offering exciting trips during the Thanksgiving and Spring Break Major Leaves. We understand that traveling home for a short leave can be frustrating and tiresome. Below are trips that we believe would be a great opportunity for your sons. All of the trips will be fully chaperoned by FUMA staff and faculty. The fees for the trips will cover all lodging on-site (FUMA) and off-site, transportation to and from each location, and all food and drinks (three meals per day). Not included in the fees would be any souvenirs or any food and drink outside of regular meals. We recommend that your son bring a credit card for any extra items he may wish to purchase. 

You can reserve a spot for your son by contacting Mr. BJ York at and by clicking here. (For payment, if you are not sure of your son's ID number, please reach out to Mr. York. When filling out the form, under Description of Payment, please select activities - under other/comments, please write in Thanksgiving Trip or Spring Break Trip.)

Thanksgiving Leave Trip - November 18-27 | Virginia Beach Trip (All Inclusive)

  • Cost: $1,995.00 (All Inclusive)
  • Balance Due by October 15
  • Itinerary:
    • Sunday, November 18 (Depart for Virginia Beach)
    • Monday-Friday (Exploring the Virginia Beach area)
    • Saturday, November 26 (Return to FUMA)

Spring Break Leave Trip - March 10-19 | Disney Work Orlando Trip (All Inclusive)

  • Cost: $3,995.00 (All Inclusive)
  • Balance Due by November 15
  • Itinerary:
    • Sunday, March 12 (Depart FUMA for Orlando, FL)
    • Monday, March 13 (Magic Kingdom)
    • Tuesday, March 14 (Epcot)
    • Wednesday, March 15 (Animal Kingdom)
    • Thursday, March 16 (Disney Studios)
    • Friday, March 17 (Magic Kingdom)
    • Saturday, March 18 (Depart Orlando, FL for FUMA)

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, November 18 | Thanksgiving Leave Begins at 12:30 PM
    • It is required for all cadets to leave campus.
  • Sunday, November 27 | Thanksgiving Leave Ends at 7:00 PM
    • It is required for all cadets to return to campus by 7:00 PM.
  • Friday, December 16 | Term 2 Final Exam
    • The exam will end at 12:30 PM
  • Friday, December 16 | PG Football Check-Out 
    • There will be more information released in the next few weeks.
  • Friday, December 16 | Christmas Break Leave Begins at 12:30 PM
    • It is required for all cadets to leave campus. 
  • Monday, January 2, 2023 | Christmas Leave Ends at 7:00 PM
    • It is required for all cadets to return to campus by 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, January 3, 2023 | Term 3 Begins