The commandant leads cadets on a formation run at the end of the marking period as the charter school in Clayton prepares to host an open house Saturday, Nov. 3.

First State Military Academy (FSMA) in Clayton marked the end of the first marking period last Friday with a formation run through town.

The quarterly formation runs have become a tradition at FSMA. Friday’s run was led by Patrick Gallucci, commandant (principal) at the Marine Corps Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps charter school.

“This is nice way to finish up the marking period,” said Gallucci. “I never ask a cadet to do something that I wouldn’t do myself, so I thought it was important that I led the run.”

The cadet battalion traveled through several Clayton neighborhoods, completing the approximately two-mile distance back at the school in time for dismissal.

Open house Saturday, Nov. 3

FSMA will be holding an open house this Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9-11 a.m., for those interested in attending the school next fall along with parents or guardians. The open house will include a brief information session and a tour of the campus.

The address is 355 W. Duck Creek Road, Clayton.

Current eighth grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend to receive additional information about "shadowing" opportunities at the school. An eighth grader can follow a cadet to see what a typical day would be like at FSMA.

More information is available at or by calling the FSMA main office at (302) 223-2150.