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Thank you and welcome to my page! This is my fifth year teaching at Lawndale High School, but a total of eight years teaching in the district. I graduated from State University of New York at Oswego with my Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies; and the University at Buffalo with a Master's degree in English Education.

My schedule is as follows:

In addition to postings on here, you will find files and documents for you to view and print out.

See you - on time - in class!

-- Mr. Rusert


Bonus Credit - BCA 3rd period

Since you are starting the unit on eye/vision, I have a great article from the Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.  The research article titled A video-based eye pupil detection system for diagnosing bipolar disorder, was published in 2013 by faculty members of Kirikkale University.
If you are interested in the article, please stop by my room.  When you are finished reading and annotating, return for 1-2 SAR questions.
Thanks and happy reading! 

1st World Cafe

In the previous posting, click on the link to the Teen TED Talk:

“Opportunity, Just What the Doctor Ordered” by Kajmere Hochins

You will find (attached file) the round questions, too.  

End of the Semester Bonus Points

If you are interested  in some bonus points before the semester ends, please come to my room Thursday the 22nd either in the morning (before first bell), or during lunch.
Here is the assigment:
1. After having picked the interview article, please read and annotate.  Read it multiple times if you have to.  Mark up the text.  Don't be shy! Marking up the text is a great strategy to talk to the text, so to speak.  
2. With the "think pink" sheet, you will generate 6 questions: 3 from level 2, and 3 from level 3 (this is from Costa's levels of questioning.  We used this a lot during our daily warm ups)
3. After generating those questions, you are to then respond to them.  Each response should be at least 5 meaningful and substantial responses.  Use the "E3 formula" (evidence, explain, elaborate).  
4. Please email me your work.  Send it to [email protected].   Your responses should be sent as an attachment.  
5. Due date: Friday the 23rd, 5pm

Back to School Night

Join the faculty and staff of Lawndale High School for an informative night; meet your student's teachers and see what it's like to be a Cardinal. Click here for a schedule of the event.

Welcome & Opening Address 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. CVCA Main Auditorium
Class Visits
Period 1 5:40 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.
Period 2 6:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.
Period 3 6:20 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Period 4 6:40 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.
Period 5 7:00 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.
Period 6 7:20 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

"OMAM" Narrative Deadlines

1. TYPED Rough Draft due June 6 or 9.  Type and print at home; or go to Hawthorne High Media Center; or local libraries; or send to me as an attachment.

2. Rough Draft will be scored (64 points, see narrative writing rubric)

3. Rough Draft returned on June 10 or 11.

4. Opportunity to REVISE - deadline June 13.


*** If you turn in mid-week, there is the possibility in revising it and turning it back in on the 13th.

**** If you turn it in on the 13th, the score that you receive is the final score for this assignment. 

*****  If you do not turn in at all, the half credit you are receiving will revert to a zero. (See class syllabus under grades). 


LA Youth newspaper article - "Painfully Shy"

Here are the questions to respond to after having read the article "Painfully Shy."  Please borrow the copy of the article in my room.


1. Identify Big Ideas/Concepts

2. Choose a dominant B.I/Con and support with textual evidence

3. What is the gist of the article

4. What are the implications of this article?

5. Record 1 Clarifying Question and 1 Probing Question

6. List 2-4 "Take-a-ways"