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    Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial May 29th 2018

    Our son is flourishing in the smaller class size

    By Andy Olson, Businessman, Bridgedale Academy Dad

     

    He is not just excelling at Bridgedale - he is exceeding!

     

    Sending Jake to Bridgedale Academy for his 8th grade year was the best decision we ever made for our son from both an academic and athletics perspective. 

    Although we had been warned that he may "burn out" (mentally or physically) on hockey, we actually found the contrary to be true. Jake's endurance and stamina have dramatically increased as the school year has progressed. 

    I can also see significant improvement in his skating, including very noticeable advancements in his goalie movements. We attribute his remarkable improvement in his quickness, explosiveness, and fluidity of movement on the ice and in the net to the top-notch athletic/hockey training offered at Bridgedale. 

    Simply put, Jake is a much better and well conditioned goalie/hockey player now than when he started at Bridgedale 9 months ago.

     

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    Saturday, May 26, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial May 24th 2018

    Who goes to a school to play sports?

    By Tillie Bruss, Landscape Designer, Bridgedale Academy Mom

     

    The concept was foreign to us ... (but now) he has asked more than once to stay after school to study.

     

    "I know this is weird, but he goes to a hockey school.”

    That's how I start every conversation about my son's school.

    Because, lets face it, it's weird.

    I went to Catholic grade school and high school and so did my husband. All four of our kids were in Catholic school; that's just what we thought was normal.  

    The problem was that our son was struggling. 

    My husband and I debated what to do; his grades were low, he didn't want to study, he didn't want to do homework and we just couldn't keep doing the same thing - there was no way he was being prepared for high school. 

    When we were forwarded the Bridgedale Academy info from a friend, we were initially reluctant - who goes to a school to play sports? The concept was so foreign to us. I mean it's all fine and good to skate and train every day but what kind of education would you get?

    After much handwringing we decided to try Bridgedale. 

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    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial May 15th 2018

    My son is on a different trajectory now.

    By Tomas Kirda, Software Architect, Bridgedale Academy Dad

     

    The pace of his athletic development has surpassed that of his teammates.

     

    My son Matas is a 6th grader at Bridgedale Academy. I am very pleased with his development there.

    The pace of his athletic development has surpassed that of his teammates.

    His core strength and stamina has increased noticeably.

    Academically, Matas has always been an excellent student but he's an even better one now. The truth is that at his previous school, although he did well academically, he was not very happy there.

    And athletically, while he's always been a good hockey player too, his athleticism and hockey skills have improved more this year than in any previous year.

    And his improvement this year has also been more consistent.

    I'd say my son is on a different trajectory now.

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    Friday, April 13, 2018

    Bridgedale Grad Josh Lopina a National Champion

    On Mission U16 Title Team

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy



    Bridgedale Academy grad Josh Lopina became a USA Hockey National Champion this week.

    Josh is a 2001 birth year player who played on the same Chicago Mission U16 team as Bridgedale grad Wyatt Schingoethe and present Bridgedale student Jacob Perreault

    The Mission U16s defeated the Team Wisconsin U16s in the USAH National Finals on Tuesday in Philadelphia, PA. They earned six straight tournament wins en route to the title, including victories over Little Caesars, Boston Jr. Eagles and Oakland Jr. Grizzlies, powerhouses all.

    "Josh attended Bridgedale for three years, graduating from 9th grade two years ago,” said Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin. "He has been with the Chicago Mission organization since he was a second year Squirt."

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    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Wyatt Schingoethe a Two-Time National Champion

    USA Hockey National Champ as Bantam & U16

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy



    Bridgedale Academy grad Wyatt Schingoethe won his second consecutive USA Hockey National Championship this week.

    Wyatt, a 2002 birth year player, played on the same Chicago Mission U16 team as present Bridgedale student Jacob Perreault. (And as noted in my prior blog, this was also the second national title in a row for Jacob.)

    The Mission U16s defeated the Team Wisconsin U16s in the USAH National Finals on Tuesday in Philadelphia, PA. They earned six straight tournament wins en route to the title, including victories over Little Caesars, Boston Jr. Eagles and Oakland Jr. Grizzlies, powerhouses all.

    Wyatt, like Jacob, also was a key player on last year's Mission Bantam Major team that won the 2017 Bantam National Championship.

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    Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    Jacob Perreault a Two-Time National Champion

    Back-to-back USA Hockey National Champ

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy



    This week Bridgedale Academy 10th grader Jacob Perreault won his second consecutive USA Hockey National Championship.

    Jacob's Chicago Mission U16s defeated Team Wisconsin U16s in the Finals on Tuesday in Philadelphia, PA.

    His team went a perfect 6-and-0 in the tournament, also beating powerhouses like Little Caesars, Boston Jr. Eagles and Oakland Jr. Grizzlies on their way to the title.

    Jacob is a 2002 birth year player and was a key player on last year's Mission Bantam Major team that won the 2017 Bantam National Championship.

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    Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    Bridgedale 8th Grader Tyler Haskins Commits to Michigan

    Another Hockey Scholarship

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy



    Bridgedale Academy 8th grader Tyler Haskins has given his verbal commitment to play his Division 1 NCAA hockey at the University of Michigan.

    Tyler, a top forward who plays for the Chicago Mission Bantam Major 03s team, becomes the 11th Bridgedale student-athlete to receive his D1 commitment.

    (Click to see all Bridgedale's college commitments.)

    Tyler is also a High Honors student at Bridgedale Academy.

    "Tyler's tenacity is just one of the things that sets him apart," says Gino Cavallini, coach of Tyler's Chicago Mission team. "And of course he also has an excellent skills set and sees the ice very well."

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    Monday, April 2, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial April 2nd 2018

    Our son is flourishing in the smaller class size

    By Mark Boweak, Businessman, Bridgedale Academy Dad

     

    He is not just excelling at Bridgedale - he is exceeding!

     

    I am writing to share how thrilled my family is with Bridgedale Academy.

    Hockey for many families is a big commitment. For our family, more than the W's or the extra ice time, key is the idea that hard work academically provides the privilege of getting on the ice.

    We met with Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin and found a way to get the most out of both!

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    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial March 22nd 2018

    It was the best decision we ever made for him.

    By Jason Gedraitis, Commercial Banker, Bridgedale Academy Dad

     

    Bridgedale has done more for his development and character than his previous school ever did. 

    When we were approached about Bridgedale we decided to go out of curiosity rather than thinking our son would want to leave his school and start all over with kids he didn’t know as a 7th grader.

    After the tour we thought our son would say thanks for the tour but I want to go to school with my friends.

    Instead, without hesitation he unequivocally said he wanted to go.

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    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Bridgedale Parent Testimonial March 20th 2018

    We've been blown away by the curriculum

    By Michael Mayor, Businessman, Bridgedale Academy Dad

     

    We also feel blessed by their incredible hockey staff.

     

    We came to Bridgedale Academy not running from someting, but running to something.

    We ran to an Academy that offers: a student-faculty ratio of less than 5-to-1; after-school study hours with a teacher present; extended classroom time in core subjects; and a competitive, disciplined approach on the ice.

    We ran to an Academy that focuses on a traditional academic approach.

    As a result our son, Ronnie, has been inspired and empowered to push himself both mentally and physically each day while also enjoying himself. He is learning to think critically, discovering daily how to solve problems both on and off the ice.

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