Monday, April 8, 2013
A single "issue" is holding up former Plainfield North gym teacher Ashley Blumenshine's plea deal, her lawyer said.
Former Plainfield North gym teacher Ashley Blumenshine planned to plead guilty to having sex with a teenage student but a single "issue" derailed the deal—at least for a couple weeks, her lawyer said. "It was our intention to plead today," attorney George Lenard told Will County Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak during a brief hearing Monday morning. But "one issue" has gummed up the plea deal, Lenard said, "So we're going to need more time." After the hearing, Lenard said he could not specify what was holding up the plea. Charles B. Pelkie, the spokesman for the state's attorney's office, also declined to comment. Judge Bertani-Tomczak set an April 19 date for Blumenshine to return to court. Blumenshine, 29, was arrested in January 2011 after …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The lawyer for a former Plainfield North physical education teacher says she is ready to plead guilty next month.
More than two years after she was allegedly caught in a parked car with a teenage boy she'd just had sex with, a former Plainfield North High School teacher will plead guilty, her attorney said Monday. Ashley Blumenshine, 29, was arrested in January 2011 after Plainfield police caught her in the parking lot of the Kohl's on Route 59 with a 16-year-old Plainfield North student. Both Blumenshine and the teen reportedly admitted to the police that they had just had sex and were involved in an ongoing sexual relationship. Blumenshine has been free on bond since the day after her arrest. On Monday morning, her attorney, George Lenard, told Will County Judge Edward Burmila that Blumenshine is ready to make a deal. Blumenshine will be back in …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Former Plainfield North High School physical education teacher Ashley Blumenshine's final pretrial hearing was set Tuesday.
Two years and 26 days after she was allegedly caught partially clothed in her car with a similarly undressed teenage boy, former Plainfield North High School teacher Ashley Blumenshine will appear for what is supposed to be her final pretrial hearing. Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak set a Jan. 30 court date for Blumenshine with her trial on a charge of criminal sexual assault to follow, barring a plea deal. Blumenshine, 29, taught physical education and dance at Plainfield North until resigning in the wake of the January 2011 sex scandal. She was also a coach for the girls' golf and gymnastics teams. The Plainfield police allegedly found Blumenshine and a 16-year-old Plainfield North student sitting in her car, which was parked near the back of …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Plainfield High School-Central Campus and Plainfield North, South and East high schools have announced their 2012 inductees into the National Honor Society. PHSCC will induct its new members on May 4. PSHS inducted its new members on April 12. PNHS inducted its new members on April 30 and PEHS will induct its new members today. These students have been invited into membership to the National Honor Society class of 2012: PLAINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL – CENTRAL CAMPUS: Veronica Adamiak-Duncan; Erica Arnold; Tyler Badertscher; William Ballentine; Mario Barrios; Marisa Barrowman; Robert Basile; Alvah Bickner; Shayne Blidy; Stefanie Bode; Anna Bolton; Taylor Bozman; Kayleen Brady; Vasyl Bruchko; Kristen Brusich; Rachel Burd; Kassandra Candelaria-…
Thursday, March 29, 2012
ACT-SO competition highlighted fine arts talents.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Two Plainfield East High School students and another from Plainfield North High School won top prizes for their fine arts talents in the DuPage County ACT-SO (Afro-American Cultural Technological and Scientific Olympics) program held March 17. PEHS senior Hakeem Howard won a gold medal in the Vocal Music/Classical category and a bronze medal for his performance in the Music Vocal/Contemporary category. PEHS junior Olajawon Howard also won a bronze medal in the Drawing category. PNHS junior Carli Battle won a gold medal in the Painting category. PEHS senior Imani Hughes also participated in the event but did not win a medal. The gold-medal winners each will receive $150 and an expense-paid trip to the national ACT-SO competition in July in…
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Fundraisers, food and toy collections are being held throughout District 202 to help sick, low-income and unemployed people.
'Tis the season to be jolly, but the holidays can be anything but happy for families suffering in the weakened economy or threatened by foreclosures or unemployment. In many Plainfield School District 202 schools and across all grade levels, students, teachers, administrators and parents are organizing fundraisers to collect clothes, food and toys for people who need help in the district and in the community. Warm winter wear will be collected and distributed so all children have a suitable coat for the cold weather. New toys donated will be given to children who have to spend the holidays in hospitals. Canned goods and other non-perishable foods will help fill the area’s pantries. Schools are also collecting food and toiletries to send to…
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
While the numbers are still below the state and national averages, students cumulatively scored the highest in district history in math, English and science.
The Class of 2011 at the four Plainfield high schools set an all-time district high on the ACT college entrance test, averaging a 20.7 score on the exam. The results broke the record of 20.6 that was set by the class of 2010, but is slightly below the state average of 20.9 and the national average of 21.1. The exam, which uses a 36-point scale, measures students readiness for college and is used in the Midwest to determine if a student gets accepted to a college or university. About 1,711 seniors from the four Plainfield District 202 high schools took the exam, according to information provided by the district. The district’s composite score for reading dropped by two-tenths of a point from last year, but the students scored best in …
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
List includes high and regular honor rolls for all four of the district's high schools.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Here are the second semester honor rolls for Plainfield District 202 high schools: 2011 Semester 2 High School Honor Roll PHS-CC HIGH HONOR ROLL GRADE 09 Alicia Aguilar, Tyler Allensworth, Courtney Anderson, Ashley Arneson, Jamie Bachman, Angela Bode, Matthew Bonderski, Nestor Bongabong, Nicole Buczek, Alexis Butler, Cailee Butler, Kornelia Chyla, Kristine Countryman,Kieffer Degen, Christopher Demetralis, David Diaz, Kayla Donnell, Hannah Evatt,Michael Fuller, Kirollos Gabriel, Ivan Gallardo, Arturo Garcia, Gianna Garcia,Gabriella Giocomo, Matthew Gladem, Alyssa Govea, Sarah Grabowski, Alison Green, Hannah-Beth Griffis, Kylie Guinta, Emma Karst, Andrew Kazak, Bayley Keys,Sharon Kirchner, Tyler Knor, Katarzyna …
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Austin Morgan may not have spoken till age 3, but he had no qualms about going on stage and giving a speech at his 8th-grade promotion ceremony.
Lisa Morgan wore waterproof mascara and brought a full box of tissues when she watched her son graduate from middle school Friday night. Not only was eighth-grader Austin Morgan selected as one of three students to speak at Drauden Point Middle School’s promotion ceremony, but he achieved the honor after overcoming some pretty large obstacles in his 14 years. At about 2 years old, Austin was diagnosed with autism. As a toddler, he didn’t make good eye contact or respond to his name, Lisa Morgan said. He had repetitive behavior and wouldn’t let his parents interact with him. He didn’t talk until he was 3 years old. Now, 11 years after he formed those first words, he spoke to his peers, their families and the Drauden Point staff as he …
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The school board also signed off on the purchase of eight 14-passenger activity bus as a way to save $260,000 over eight years.
Final exams at each of the four high schools will count for 20 percent of a student’s semester grade, starting next fall, under a proposal approved Tuesday night by the Plainfield School District 202 Board. The change is meant to set the same standard each of the schools. Currently, Plainfield Central and Plainfield North have the final count for 20 percent of the semester grade, Plainfield South allows a range of 10 to 20 percent and Plainfield East values them at 10 percent, district spokesman Tom Hernandez said. The change was instigated by board member Michelle Smith, who last winter asked the administration to look into equalizing final exams at the four campuses, in part because students value the test more at those schools where it …