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Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 12:48

Randolph-Macon Academy’s 56 soon-to-be-graduates successfully navigated a rapid transition to online learning in March. Now, having earned a combined total of 211 college acceptances and over $5.2 million in college scholarship offers, they are about to celebrate their graduation online and on time. R-MA’s graduation was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 30th, and the Academy is able to adhere to that date thanks to the quick pivot to online learning in mid-March.

The guest speaker for the event is Rear Admiral John Stufflebeem, USN, Retired, a 1970 graduate of...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 09:30

Thank you to the nearly 200 donors who answered the call on May 19's Giving Day!

The goal for this one-day campaign was to welcome 128 donors in 24 hours, in honor of R-MA's 128th year. When we reached that goal, it would trigger nearly $25,000 in gifts pledged by anonymous donors. The Yellow Jacket family did it - and even beat last year's total!

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire R-MA community went virtual at the beginning of March. Though they are not physically on "the Hill," our cadets...

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 12:44

Randolph-Macon Academy, like all other schools in Virginia, held its last in-person class of the academic year in mid-March.

However...while other schools took weeks to adapt, our community made the pivot to online classes in just 96 hours.

Think about it. With technology and training funded by donors, R-MA students moved to virtal classrooms, missing only two days of instruction.

Today - on Giving Day 2020 - you can amplify your impact. The goal for this one-day campaign is to welcome 128 donors in 24 hours, in honor of R-MA's 128th...

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 08:50

Hello again, R-MA. Just under a year ago, I became one of your alumni. You may remember me from writing several articles articles for the blog during my senior year, including the centennial of the Armistice of the First World War, and when we attended VMI’s leadership conference. Since graduating, I have been attending George Washington University, and I have declared that I will be pursuing a Major in History. The current semester is ending, and among the classes I have taken is one titled The Price of Freedom: Normandy 1944. It is a higher-level class; I am the only freshman....

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 11:43

Many schools had their spring breaks back in March, before we were all locked in our houses to avoid COVID-19. However, for those of us at Randolph-Macon Academy, and some other schools as well, spring break has just begun, and we’re already tired of seeing our tweens and teens glued to their phones and TVs. You can only go for so many walks outside, and there is still an entire week before the online classes start back up. What’s a parent to do?

I turned to our faculty, staff and my "secret weapon," and asked them: What can our parents do to help their...

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 09:09

I am going on almost two weeks of working from home. My husband has been remote teaching for almost three and my eight-year-old has been off school for the same amount of time. Shirt and ties and dress clothes have been replaced with sweatshirts and sweatpants. It has been an interesting time and one that makes me look forward to the days of normalcy again.  For anyone who has watched the movie Home as much as my family has, this scene is constantly stuck in my head:

But, something unexpected has happened as we all...

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 13:40

Ladies and Gentlemen -- I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well.  I continue to receive encouraging, positive feedback about how our virtual classes are going, from our teachers, our students, and our parents, and I cannot express how proud I am of our family for how we have come together during this crisis.  I recognize this success has depended on parents and guardians as well...doing things none of us ever expected to have to do...thank you for your devotion to your student's education!  

Over the past several weeks, I have attended...

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:05

Quitting isn’t an option.
Randolph-Macon Academy Air Force Junior ROTC instructor TSgt Tina M. Laing has sought to instill this value into all of her students, but most especially in her two-time state champion drill team. The team has worked hard this year to return to Nationals, where last year they finished eighth overall and their duet team took first place, while at the same time they had the ultimate goal of defending their state championship title.

The COVID-19 pandemic took it all away. With Nationals less than two weeks away, TSgt...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 08:58

Randolph-Macon Academy's final trip before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Virginia and most of the U.S. was a mission trip to help others. The group of 23 students and their chaperones traveled to Swan Quarter, NC, to assist with hurricane recovery efforts, leaving Friday, February 28th (the morning after the Military Ball) and returning to the R-MA campus on Wednesday, March 4th. It was a time of bonding and giving for the entire group. Cadet Taylor Wreath '20 made the following video about their trip. 

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Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 08:15

During this COVID-19 crisis, members of the Randolph-Macon Academy Senior Staff have an important message for the R-MA family.

We are R-MA. We are The Power of Rise.