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Parent Update for April 9, 2021

News Type:  Parents Date:  Friday, April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

What a year this has been, with all the protocols we’ve put in place to mitigate the health risks presented by the global pandemic during this school year. 
 
We are so proud of our cadets. They have followed the rules, even though it hasn't been very fun, and our campus has been safer this year because of it. Our Infirmary has seen far fewer cases of flu and colds than in past years, and I'm sure it is because our cadets have been washing their hands and wearing their masks.
 
Your boys have done well. They deserve our praise and appreciation.
 
As we get closer to the end of the school year, we are looking to make some improvements to campus life towards the end of April. Below you will find some exciting updates to our policies this year on day passes, parades, and spectator attendance at campus events.

Day Pass 

Starting Sunday, April 25, your cadet will be allowed to go on Day Pass on select Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each Day Pass has to be approved by the Commandants Department. 

Available Day Pass Dates:

  • Sunday, April 25
  • Sunday, May 2
  • Sunday, May 16

Please make sure you have a proper Leave Permission Form on file with the Commandants Department. Any leave requests can be emailed to leave@fuma.org.

Leave Permission Form

 

 

Parades

Parade season is about to begin! The Academy will host two parades that will be open to cadet families, including our annual Mother's Day Parade and Senior Day Parade. These parades will be ticketed with a limited amount of tickets available per family.

Open Parades:

  • Sunday, May 9 - Mother's Day Parade
    • Open to all cadet families. A maximum of two tickets will be available per cadet. 
  • Friday, May 14 - Senior Day Parade
    • Open to senior cadet families only. A maximum of five tickets will be available per cadet. 

Please fill out the form below to request tickets for each parade. 

Parade Ticket Request Form

 

 

Spectators

Starting Saturday, May 1, Fork Union Military Academy will allow a limited amount of spectators at outdoor campus events, including sporting events. All spectators will have to follow the current COVID-19 statewide protocols:

COVID-19 Protocols:

  • If you have any COVID-19 related symptoms on the day of the event, please stay home. 
  • A mask is required at all times on campus. 
  • Please social distance at all times. 

Best regards, 

Kelly Barnette

Director of Communications
Fork Union Military Academy

 


 

 

Parent Update for March 1, 2021

News Type:  Parents Date:  Monday, March 1, 2021

 

Transportation Information

Travel plans for boarding cadets returning to campus on March 7, 2021 should be submitted through Boardingware to the Commandant's Department no later than today.

You can find important information on our website about:

FUMA Shuttle Transportation
Private Hire Transportation
Escort for Unaccompanied Minors


We encourage you to read this information and direct any questions about transportation to our Commandant's Department by email to transportation@fuma.org

 

Complete "Spring Break Return - March 2021" Form in Boardingware

Log into your Boardingware parent account at https://app.boardingware.com to complete the Spring Break Return - March 2021 form for your cadet. Use this form to communicate your cadet's test results as well as your travel plans for return to campus.

 

Having difficulty accessing the form?

Some parents are having difficulty accessing this form in Boardingware because they are missing one important step. When you click on the large plus icon to select "New Form" you then end up on a page like this one:

It may show that there are no forms to submit. This is because you haven't "selected" your cadet. This is the important step that some parents are missing.

 

 

Once you click on the circular photo area above your cadet's name, then you will see the forms available for that student.

 

 

Once you "select" your cadet, any relevant forms for that cadet become visible and ready for you to complete.

 

Questions?

  • Questions about our COVID-19 mitigation protocols may be directed to LTC Steve McCoy by email at mccoys@fuma.org.
  • Questions about testing requirements and procedures may be directed to our Infirmary by email at infirmary@fuma.org.
  • Questions about accessing the Boardingware platform for parents may be directed to the Perkins Technology Center by email at it@fuma.org.
  • Questions about travel plans may be directed to our Commandant's Office by email at transportation@fuma.org.

 

 

Best regards,

Dan Thompson
Strategic Communications & Marketing
Fork Union Military Academy
Email: thompsod@fuma.org

 

 


 

 

Parent Update for February 26, 2021

News Type:  Parents Date:  Friday, February 26, 2021

 

Self-Quarantine Period Begins Today

Our cadets should begin their period of self-quarantine today, Friday, February 26th, and continue in quarantine until their return to campus.
 

What does self-quarantine mean?

Self-quarantine is different from social distancing. It means doing more than simply wearing a mask and staying 6-feet away from others. When you self-quarantine for the required period of days prior to arrival at school, our expectation is that you will observe the following recommendations:

  • Stay home. Don't go to work, engage in social activities, or visit any public places.
     
  • Do not have close contact with others. You should stay in a well-ventilated room in your own living space. You shouldn't be spending time in close contact with family or friends. You need to stay away from anyone who might come in contact with an infected person.
     
  • It's best to have separate sleeping quarters and to have your own bathroom. If you must share a bathroom, it is important to clean it after every use, using a disinfectant that contains at least 60% alcohol or bleach-based cleaning wipes.
     
  • Wash your hands regularly using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
     
  • Monitor your health, checking your temperature daily and looking for any potential symptoms of infection such as coughing, fever, chills, muscle aches, changes in sense of taste or smell. Report any such symptoms to your healthcare provider.
     

Parents must confirm that their student has completed the required self-quarantine period by submitting the Spring Break Return - March 2021 form prior to arrival on campus through the Boardingware online software platform before the student will be allowed to check-in.

 

Boarding Cadets to Return from Spring Break on Sunday, March 7, 2021

Our boarding cadets will return from spring break by 7:00 PM on Sunday, March 7, 2021. 

Our day students will join us on Monday morning, March 8, 2021 as we start back with in-person education to continue our Term 4.

This email is to remind you of the steps to follow as we prepare for this return, which will include.

  1. Self-Quarantine Period
  2. Test for COVID-19
  3. Upload test results and travel plans in Boardingware

 

1. Self Quarantine

We ask all cadets to self quarantine beginning Friday, February 26, 2021 and continuing until return to campus.
 

2. COVID-19 Test Result

Read the below very carefully to understand our requirements regarding COVID-19 testing prior to return to campus.

The first part of the policy to understand is that, generally speaking, cadets who test positive for COVID-19 are quarantined for a period of 10 days following the date of their positive test result. They may then be eligible to return to class after this 10-day quarantine has been completed, provided they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours. The date they are eligible to return for class is determined by our Head Nurse, Mrs. Heidi Yates, in consultation with our Academy Physician.

Our requirement for COVID-19 testing prior to return to campus is based on this policy. Simply follow the below steps:

A. Has your cadet tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days?
 

  • If your cadet has previously tested positive within the past 90 days, you must email that test report directly to Mrs. Heidi Yates in our Infirmary by email at yatesh@fuma.org. Mrs. Yates will communicate any additional instructions to you directly regarding any further requirements or whether any adjustments to your return date may be required. Please email Mrs. Yates your test report as soon as possible.
     

B. If your cadet has NOT tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days...
 

  • If your cadet has NOT previously tested positive within the past 90 days, we ask that your cadet be tested for COVID-19 on or after Friday, February 26, 2021.
     
  • It is best to get this test as early as possible on or after February 26th, so that if a cadet receives a positive result, he will still have time to quarantine as required before returning to school, without missing class time.
     
  • If your cadet receives a negative result on this test, you must upload a copy of that test report to us through Boardingware prior to your cadet's return to campus.
     
  • If your cadet receives a positive result to his test taken on or after February 26th, we ask that you email that test report directly to Mrs. Heidi Yates in our Infirmary by email at yatesh@fuma.org. Mrs. Yates will communicate any additional instructions to you directly regarding any further requirements or whether any adjustments to your return date may be required. Please email Mrs. Yates your test report as soon as possible.
     

3. Complete "Spring Break Return - March 2021" Form in Boardingware

Log into your Boardingware parent account at https://app.boardingware.com to complete the Spring Break Return - March 2021 form for your cadet. Use this form to communicate your cadet's test results as well as your travel plans for return to campus.

 

Some parents are having difficulty accessing this form in Boardingware because they are missing one important step. When you click on the large plus icon to select "New Form" you then end up on a page like this one:

It may show that there are no forms to submit. This is because you haven't "selected" your cadet. This is the important step that some parents are missing.

 

 

Once you click on the circular photo area above your cadet's name, then you will see the forms available for that student.

 

 

Once you "select" your cadet, any relevant forms for that cadet become visible and ready for you to complete.

 

Questions?

  • Questions about our COVID-19 mitigation protocols may be directed to LTC Steve McCoy by email at mccoys@fuma.org.
  • Questions about testing requirements and procedures may be directed to our Infirmary by email at infirmary@fuma.org.
  • Questions about accessing the Boardingware platform for parents may be directed to the Perkins Technology Center by email at it@fuma.org.
  • Questions about travel plans may be directed to our Commandant's Office by email at transportation@fuma.org.

 

 

Best regards,

Dan Thompson
Strategic Communications & Marketing
Fork Union Military Academy
Email: thompsod@fuma.org

 

 


 

 

Parent Update for February 24, 2021

News Type:  Parents Date:  Wednesday, February 24, 2021

 

I want to remind you of some items included in my update to you on Monday of this week, and to give some help to families having difficulty locating the correct form in Boardingware to report your test result and travel plans.

 

Term 4 Distance Education Continues

Our cadets will be continuing their classes by distance education throughout this week and next week. Cadets are expected to check in using their morning check-in form no later than 0830 hours (in the cadet's time zone) each morning.
 

Boarding Cadets to Return from Spring Break on Sunday, March 7, 2021

Our boarding cadets will return from spring break by 7:00 PM on Sunday, March 7, 2021. 

Our day students will join us on Monday morning, March 8, 2021 as we start back with in-person education to continue our Term 4.

This email is to remind you of the steps to follow as we prepare for this return, which will include.

  1. Self-Quarantine Period
  2. Test for COVID-19
  3. Upload test results and travel plans in Boardingware

 

1. Self Quarantine

We ask all cadets to self quarantine beginning Friday, February 26, 2021 and continuing until return to campus.
 

2. COVID-19 Test Result

Read the below very carefully to understand our requirements regarding COVID-19 testing prior to return to campus.

The first part of the policy to understand is that, generally speaking, cadets who test positive for COVID-19 are quarantined for a period of 10 days following the date of their positive test result. They may then be eligible to return to class after this 10-day quarantine has been completed, provided they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours. The date they are eligible to return for class is determined by our Head Nurse, Mrs. Heidi Yates, in consultation with our Academy Physician.

Our requirement for COVID-19 testing prior to return to campus is based on this policy. Simply follow the below steps:

A. Has your cadet tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days?
 

  • If your cadet has previously tested positive within the past 90 days, you must email that test report directly to Mrs. Heidi Yates in our Infirmary by email at yatesh@fuma.org. Mrs. Yates will communicate any additional instructions to you directly regarding any further requirements or whether any adjustments to your return date may be required. Please email Mrs. Yates your test report as soon as possible.
     

B. If your cadet has NOT tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days...
 

  • If your cadet has NOT previously tested positive within the past 90 days, we ask that your cadet be tested for COVID-19 on or after Friday, February 26, 2021.
     
  • It is best to get this test as early as possible on or after February 26th, so that if a cadet receives a positive result, he will still have time to quarantine as required before returning to school, without missing class time.
     
  • If your cadet receives a negative result on this test, you must upload a copy of that test report to us through Boardingware prior to your cadet's return to campus.
     
  • If your cadet receives a positive result to his test taken on or after February 26th, we ask that you email that test report directly to Mrs. Heidi Yates in our Infirmary by email at yatesh@fuma.org. Mrs. Yates will communicate any additional instructions to you directly regarding any further requirements or whether any adjustments to your return date may be required. Please email Mrs. Yates your test report as soon as possible.
     

3. Complete "Spring Break Return - March 2021" Form in Boardingware

Log into your Boardingware parent account at https://app.boardingware.com to complete the Spring Break Return - March 2021 form for your cadet. Use this form to communicate your cadet's test results as well as your travel plans for return to campus.

 

Some parents are having difficulty accessing this form in Boardingware because they are missing one important step. When you click on the large plus icon to select "New Form" you then end up on a page like this one:

It may show that there are no forms to submit. This is because you haven't "selected" your cadet. This is the important step that some parents are missing.

 

 

Once you click on the circular photo area above your cadet's name, then you will see the forms available for that student.

 

 

Once you "select" your cadet, any relevant forms for that cadet become visible and ready for you to complete.

 

Questions?

  • Questions about our COVID-19 mitigation protocols may be directed to LTC Steve McCoy by email at mccoys@fuma.org.
  • Questions about testing requirements and procedures may be directed to our Infirmary by email at infirmary@fuma.org.
  • Questions about accessing the Boardingware platform for parents may be directed to the Perkins Technology Center by email at it@fuma.org.
  • Questions about travel plans may be directed to our Commandant's Office by email at transportation@fuma.org.

 

 

Best regards,

Dan Thompson
Strategic Communications & Marketing
Fork Union Military Academy
Email: thompsod@fuma.org

 

 


 

 

Parent Update for February 22, 2021

News Type:  Parents Date:  Monday, February 22, 2021

 

Term 4 Distance Education

Our cadets will be continuing their classes by distance education throughout this week and next week. Cadets are expected to check in using their morning check-in form no later than 0830 hours (in the cadet's time zone) each morning.
 

Boarding Cadets Return from Spring Break on Sunday, March 7, 2021

Our boarding cadets will return from spring break by 7:00 PM on Sunday, March 7, 2021. 

Our day students will join us on Monday morning, March 8, 2021 as we start back with in-person education to continue our Term 4.

This email is to remind you of the steps to follow as we prepare for this return, which will include.

  1. Self-Quarantine Period
  2. Test for COVID-19
  3. Upload test results and travel plans in Boardingware

 

1. Self Quarantine

We ask all cadets to self quarantine beginning Friday, February 26, 2021 and continuing until return to campus.
 

2. COVID-19 Test Result

Read the below very carefully to understand our requirements regarding COVID-19 testing prior to return to campus.

The first part of the policy to understand is that, generally speaking, cadets who test positive for COVID-19 are quarantined for a period of 10 days following the date of their positive test result. They may then be eligible to return to class after this 10-day quarantine has been completed, provided they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours. The date they are eligible to return for class is determined by our Head Nurse, Mrs. Heidi Yates, in consultation with our Academy Physician.

Our requirement for COVID-19 testing prior to return to campus is based on this policy. Simply follow the below steps:

A. Has your cadet tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days?
 

  • If your cadet has previously tested positive within the past 90 days, you must email that test report directly to Mrs. Heidi Yates in our Infirmary by email at yatesh@fuma.org. Mrs. Yates will communicate any additional instructions to you directly regarding any further requirements or whether any adjustments to your return date may be required. Please email Mrs. Yates your test report as soon as possible.
     

B. If your cadet has NOT tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days...
 

  • If your cadet has NOT previously tested positive within the past 90 days, we ask that your cadet be tested for COVID-19 on or after Friday, February 26, 2021.
     
  • It is best to get this test as early as possible on or after February 26th, so that if a cadet receives a positive result, he will still have time to quarantine as required before returning to school, without missing class time.
     
  • If your cadet receives a negative result on this test, you must upload a copy of that test report to us through Boardingware prior to your cadet's return to campus.
     
  • If your cadet receives a positive result to his test taken on or after February 26th, we ask that you email that test report directly to Mrs. Heidi Yates in our Infirmary by email at yatesh@fuma.org. Mrs. Yates will communicate any additional instructions to you directly regarding any further requirements or whether any adjustments to your return date may be required. Please email Mrs. Yates your test report as soon as possible.
     

3. Complete "Spring Break Return - March 2021" Form in Boardingware

Log into your Boardingware parent account at https://app.boardingware.com to complete the Spring Break Return - March 2021 form for your cadet. Use this form to communicate your cadet's test results as well as your travel plans for return to campus.
 

Questions?

  • Questions about our COVID-19 mitigation protocols may be directed to LTC Steve McCoy by email at mccoys@fuma.org.
  • Questions about testing requirements and procedures may be directed to our Infirmary by email at infirmary@fuma.org.
  • Questions about accessing the Boardingware platform for parents may be directed to the Perkins Technology Center by email at it@fuma.org.
  • Questions about travel plans may be directed to our Commandant's Office by email at transportation@fuma.org.

 

 

Best regards,

Dan Thompson
Strategic Communications & Marketing
Fork Union Military Academy
Email: thompsod@fuma.org

 

 


 

 

An Update for Parents - February 19, 2021

News Type:  Parents Date:  Friday, February 19, 2021

 

Term 4 Course Changes

At this time-and for various reasons-we can no longer field requests for Term 4 course changes. Should you have any questions regarding your cadet's Term 5 course, please reach out to his scheduling advisor. However, please understand that even changes for Term 5 may prove difficult due to COVID protocols and the inflexibility of the master course schedule this late in the academic year. Please access the link below should you have any questions about who has been assigned as your cadet's scheduling advisor. You may also contact your scheduling advisor with any questions concerning the seminar courses discussed in Tuesday's brief.

https://www.forkunion.com/academics/college-counseling-scheduling


Trouble with Technology?

Should your cadet have any issues with technology throughout the two-week distance learning period, the first point of contact should be his instructor. First and foremost, this serves to notify the instructor that technology issues are occurring and may prove to hinder a cadet's ability to complete work on time. Second, it gives the instructor the ability to troubleshoot the issue on the spot. In the event that your cadet's instructor cannot assist with the issue, please send an email to IT@fuma.org, and our wonderful technology team in Perkins Technology Center (PTC) will be glad to assist you. Below, I have provided some general rules as it relates to technology.


At-Home Technology:

Cadets do not need FUMA-issued laptops to login and have access to their Office 365 and Schoology accounts. Both are web-based apps that can be accessed via the web on most forms of at-home technology that may be available to your cadet. Schoology can be accessed using the link provided in the subsequent section. Office 365 can be accessed via the link below. Please note that logging into Office 365 gives cadets the ability to access the various Microsoft apps using at-home technology. This list includes but is not limited to the following: Outlook (email), Teams, OneDrive, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Forms-the last of which is used to complete the daily check-in.

http://mail.office365.com/


Schoology:

Schoology should always be accessed via the hyperlink below. If your cadet is already signed into his Office 365 account, he will automatically be signed into his Schoology account when he uses the link below to access Schoology. No additional login or password will be required.

http://forkunionmilitary.schoology.com/


PowerSchool:

PowerSchool remains our official means for storing and logging cadet grades. During the two-week virtual period, you should continue to monitor your cadet's progress in PowerSchool. Should you need login credentials for the parent portal, please contact IT@fuma.org.


Vista Higher Learning (VHL):

As discussed yesterday, cadets currently enrolled in Spanish courses will be completing much of their course work through VHL. Any technology issues concerning VHL should be directly addressed with your cadet's Spanish teacher.


Computer Hardware:

Should your cadet have any hardware issues throughout the two-week distance learning period that might prevent him from completing work, please immediately contact IT@fuma.org. This process may involve shipping your cadet a loaner laptop, so the sooner someone in PTC is aware of the issue, the sooner we can work towards coming to a resolution.


Login Credentials:

At any point, should you or your cadet need assistance with login credentials for PowerSchool, Schoology, or Office 365, please contact IT@fuma.org. Any cadet currently enrolled in Spanish who experiences issues with login credentials concerning VHL should contact his instructor.

 

Best regards,

COL Mike Goad
Academic Dean
Fork Union Military Academy


 

 


 

 

An Update for Parents - February 18, 2021

News Type:  Parents Date:  Thursday, February 18, 2021

 

Students Enrolled in Spanish Courses

While the Academy uses Schoology as its school-wide Learning Management System (LMS) to facilitate both in-person and distance education, it is important to note that those currently enrolled in Spanish courses will complete much of their virtual course work through Vista Higher Learning (VHL), an interactive, online Spanish textbook/workbook that the Academy adopted in 2019. While VHL is used in the in-person classroom, it has also served as the main distance education tool for our cadets enrolled in Spanish. Students currently enrolled in Spanish for Term 4 already have access to their accounts and should have a strong understanding of how the system works. Each day, Spanish students should check Schoology to access the daily check-in. Upon completing the check-in, they should access the relevant folders in Schoology and/or their email for further instruction on the assignments to be completed in VHL for that day.

Any questions regarding VHL should be directed to your son's respective Spanish teacher via email. If your cadet is currently enrolled in Spanish I, please direct your questions to Captain Boyd, who can be reached via email at BoydM@fuma.org. If your cadet is currently enrolled in Spanish II, please direct your questions to LTC Hooper, who can be reached via email at HooperM@fuma.org.

 

Modified Plan for 7th-Grade Cadets

As a former 7th-grade instructor at the Academy, I am acutely aware of the fact that, at times, communications regarding the Academy as a whole do not always squarely align with the 7th-grade program. Most of the time, this is due to the fact that, aside from one term each year, the 7th grade does not operate on the One Subject Plan. Such is the case during Term 4 this year, where 7th-grade cadets are currently enrolled in Humanities 7 and Science 7 simultaneously. For the remainder of today's brief, I will directly address 7th-grade families and cadets, briefing them on how their two weeks of distance learning will work following this week's Spring Break.

Seminar Courses: 

As discussed yesterday, 7th-grade seminar courses (Sculpture, Film Study, and Woodworking) will not meet virtually. 7th-grade cadets will resume seminar instruction in-person on Monday, March 8th.

Week #1 (February 22-26): 

During the first week of distance learning for Term 4, 7th-grade cadets will only be required to complete work for Science 7 with Captain Higginbotham. Please have students check their email and/or Schoology for assignment instructions and due dates/times. Please direct any questions regarding specifics for week #1 to Captain Higginbotham at HigginbothamC@fuma.org.

Week #2 (March 1-5): 

During the second week of distance learning for Term 4, 7th-grade cadets will only be required to complete work for Humanities 7 (English 7 and U.S. History 7) with Major Mitchell. Please have students check their email and/or Schoology for assignment instructions and due dates/times. Please direct any questions regarding specifics for week #2 to Major Mitchell at MitchellD@fuma.org.

Daily Check-in & Devotional: 

Like all Upper School cadets, 7th-grade cadets will be required to complete the daily check-in and devotional during both weeks (by 0830 in their respective time zones). During week #1, 7th-grade cadets will be required to complete the check-in for Science 7 with Captain Higginbotham. During week #2, they will be required to do the same with Major Mitchell. During their respective weeks, each teacher will post the check-in form in Schoology.

 

Our next update

In our next update this week, we will discuss who to contact with technology issues that may arise during the two-week distance learning period

 

Best regards,

COL Mike Goad
Academic Dean
Fork Union Military Academy

 

An Update for Parents - February 17, 2021

News Type:  Parents Date:  Wednesday, February 17, 2021

 

Seminar Courses, Test Prep, and Resource

For the first time, we will be offering many of our various seminar courses via distance learning (with two exceptions). Below, I have provided information regarding each seminar course offering. If you have questions about your cadet's enrollment in one of these courses, please reach out to his scheduling advisor and/or the teacher assigned to each course (listed below). Seminar courses will only take place Monday-Thursday and will also operate asynchronously. As noted in yesterday's brief, the daily check-in for each cadet's one-subject plan course will ask him to acknowledge (if applicable) that he is enrolled in a seminar course, thus effectively registering his attendance for his seminar course that day. However, seminar course instructors may ask cadets to complete an alternate check-in. Should this be the case, his instructor will communicate this.

  1. Health (Colonel Brown): Cadets currently enrolled in Health should check their email next Monday for more instructions from Colonel Brown. Please reach out to Colonel Brown via email with any questions.
     
  2. Religion (Chaplain Benson): Cadets currently enrolled in Religion should be actively checking their email for information regarding the first round of Religion response essays, which will be submitted through Schoology on Thursday, March 4th. Questions regarding religion should be directed towards Chaplain Benson via email.
     
  3. Leadership (Captain Wilson): Cadets enrolled in Leadership should check Schoology and/or email for more information regarding Leadership. Leadership began virtually on Tuesday, February 9th, and will continue through the end of the two-week virtual period. Any questions regarding leadership should be directed towards Captain Wilson via email.
     
  4. Art (Mrs. Jones): Cadets enrolled in Art will have work to complete over the two-week distance learning period. While Mrs. Jones has already spoken with many of her Art cadets regarding expectations, should you or your cadet have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Jones via email.
     
  5. Music Seminars (Captain Signor): No music-related seminars (Upper or Middle School) will be held during the two-week distance learning period. Any questions regarding the music program may be directed to Captain Signor via email.
     
  6. Test Prep (Mrs. Beaulieu): At this time, Mrs. Beaulieu has already relayed her plans for Test Prep via email to both parents and cadets. If your cadet is a Junior who has signed up and paid for Test Prep, please check your email for instructions from Mrs. Beaulieu. Please contact her via email with any questions.
     
  7. Resources (Mrs. Hill): Mrs. Hill will be holding virtual Resource hours during the two-week distance learning period. Cadets enrolled in Resource should check their email over the course of this week and into Monday for more information regarding virtual Resource hours. Any questions regarding Resource should be directed towards Mrs. Hill via email.
     
  8. 7th Grade Seminars: 7th-grade seminar courses will not meet virtually. Term 4 seminars for 7th-grade cadets will resume in-person on March 8th.

 

Please see the tables below for relevant contact information concerning seminar instructors, as well as general information about which cadets are typically enrolled in the aforementioned seminar courses at this time.

Contact Information - Seminar Instructors

# Instructor Seminar Course Email
1 COL Brown Health brownw@fuma.org
2 Chaplain Benson Religion bensonj@fuma.org
3 CPT Wilson Leadership wilsonse@fuma.org
4 Mrs. Jones Art jonesk@fuma.org
5 CPT Signor Music signord@fuma.org
6 Mrs. Beaulieu Test Prep beaulieuv@fuma.org
7 Mrs. Hill Resource hillk@fuma.org

 

General Enrollment Trends - Seminar Courses

# Instructor Seminar Course General Enrollment Trends
1 COL Brown Health Mostly 9th Grade (last names N-Z)
2 Chaplain Benson Religion Mostly 10th Grade (last names N-Z) & First-Year Seniors 
3 CPT Wilson Leadership Mostly 11th Grade (last names N-Z)
4 Mrs. Jones Art Mixed - No Trend
5 CPT Signor Music Mixed - No Trend
6 Mrs. Beaulieu Test Prep 11th Grade Only (those who signed up and paid for Test Prep)
7 Mrs. Hill Resource Mixed - No Trend (only those currently paying for Resource)

 

Please note that the above enrollment trends are listed as a general rule. There are exceptions to these rules. Should you have any questions about your cadet's enrollment in any of these seminar courses (especially those with noticeable trends), please contact his scheduling advisor. The list of scheduling advisors (along with their contact information) can be found by accessing the link below:

https://www.forkunion.com/academics/college-counseling-scheduling

 

In our next email this week...

  • In our next email this week, we will review expectations for 7th-grade cadets who are currently enrolled in two core courses.
     
  • We will also address expectations for students currently enrolled in Spanish courses.
     

Best regards,

COL Mike Goad
Academic Dean
Fork Union Military Academy

 

 


 

 

An Update for Parents - February 16, 2021

News Type:  Parents Date:  Tuesday, February 16, 2021


Following this week's Spring Break, two weeks of distance learning will take place between February 22 - March 5, with classes taking place Monday-Friday only. Throughout the rest of this week, I will be sending a daily brief that will cover specifics regarding how these two weeks of distance learning will operate. Some of this information will seem familiar and is shared to reiterate standard operating procedures with both parents and cadets. However, you will also notice some minor changes over the next few days, especially regarding our seminar course offerings. At the end of each day's brief, I will provide a short preview of what will be covered in the next day's brief.

Today, we will review FUMA's asynchronous approach to distance education and what this means for the daily check-in process, assignment due dates, and instructor accessibility.

 

Distance Learning Will Remain Asynchronous in Nature

FUMA services cadets in various time zones, spanning many different states and countries. To ensure equitability for all cadets, FUMA has and will continue to employ an asynchronous approach to distance education. The asynchronous approach allows cadets to access course materials during the time of the day that works most efficiently for them. While this means that synchronous instruction is not required, it is also not prohibited. Should a teacher decide to hold any synchronous activity at any point, he or she must ensure that all cadets have equal access to the information/material covered during the synchronous interaction. At the end of this note, I have provided a graphic that I hope will give you a general understanding of the differences between synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

 

Daily Check-in and Devotional

  • As was the case during Term 5 last year and in Term 3 this year, we will employ the use of a daily check-in each morning, which will also contain that day's devotional message. Cadets will be required to complete this form at 0830 hours in their time zone each morning (Monday-Friday). The check-in-which will require cadets to provide a brief response to the devotional video-will be a daily participation grade in each course. The check-in form will also require cadets to acknowledge that they are simultaneously checking in for both their one-subject and seminar courses (if applicable). More information on seminar courses will be shared in tomorrow's brief. I have provided a link to the check-in form that was posted on February 11th as an example (http://tiny.cc/Sample_Form). Feel free to click the link and complete the form if you wish to familiarize yourself with the process.

 

Due Dates

  • While asynchronous instruction does allow for more flexibility as it relates to due dates/times, cadets will be expected to submit certain assignments each day at times to be specified by the instructor. Submission due dates/times will be equitable and take into account a cadet's time zone. However, it is the expectation that each cadet is actively working between 0800-1200 hours in his respective time zone. Should anything prevent your cadet(s) from working during these hours, it is his responsibility to communicate this with his instructor.

 

Instructor Office Hours

  • Our instructor office hours will operate on Eastern Standard Time (EST) and will take place between 0800-1200 hours (EST) each day (Monday-Friday). To ensure equitable access to instructors for all cadets, instructors are to be available from 1800-2000 hours each evening (EST) by appointment only. During these evening office hours, priority will be given to cadets who are 3+ hours outside of EST (again, by appointment only).

 

Our Next Email to You

In our next email to you this week, we will cover what to expect with seminar courses, which will include a discussion of Health, Religion, Leadership, Art, Music, Test Prep, Resource, and 7th Grade seminar courses.
 

*While the graphic below covers the benefits of synchronous and asynchronous instruction, it is also useful in understanding the differences between the two approaches to distance education. Click graphic to enlarge.*

 

 

Best regards,

COL Mike Goad
Academic Dean
Fork Union Military Academy

 

 


 

 

 

PSAT to be Given on October 14th

News Type:  Parents Date:  Thursday, September 24, 2020

The PSAT Test will be given to ALL 10th & 11th grade cadets on Wednesday, October 14th.  This is basically a practice test for the SAT and is mandatory for the cadets in this grade level.  Parents do not have to register their son for this test or pay a fee.  FUMA will handle all the logistics of this test.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Test Director, Ms. Rhonda White at whiter@fuma.org.

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