Welcome to 8th Grade Civics!


Hello there! My name is Ms. Ruhlen and I am from Burke, Virginia. This is my first year teaching at Porter -- I taught 7th grade history last year in Richmond! I graduated from the University of Mary Washington with my B.A. in History and a Masters in Secondary Education.

I am very excited to start this new school year with you! I am always available to answer any questions, comments, or concerns you have at ruhlenac@pwcs.edu. Please don't hesitate to reach out!

Zoom Links

Tue SEP 8th @ 9:30 am: 
Periods 1 & 3 Core Extension (7th Grade) with Ms. Ruhlen 

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 932 2947 2089

Wed SEP 9th @ 9:30 am: 
Periods 2,4, & 6 Civics and Economics with Ms. Ruhlen 

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 969 4947 5632

Accessing Canvas & Office365 

Video Walk-through's


The PTO is Offering a Social Hour for 8th Grade!

Register here: 

Here is the link to our Back to School Night Presentation in case you missed it!

2020-2021 School Year

We know that there are a lot of questions about the upcoming school year and what it will look like. Please refer to the following county resources and check this page throughout the fall for updates concerning your child's education. We look forward to working with you in whatever capacity possible as we stay safe this school year.

Return to Learn Plan and FAQs

The main way that we will be communicating instruction will be through the use of Zoom and Canvas. Canvas is a Learning Management System that allows teachers to virtually deliver content to students. Please explore the resources above to help you better understand Canvas.

Preferred Student Name in Zoom & Canvas:

For security, all PWCS Zoom and Canvas student accounts are locked from allowing students to change their name. However, if a student has a preferred first name, parents/guardians can update it at any time to the “Preferred Name” in ParentVUE via either the app or web browser. Select the student, then “Student Info,” then “Edit Info,” the parent/guardian can then enter the preferred first name in this field, then press "save changes."

Contact Information


Office Hours: 
Monday 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm 
Thursday 3:30 pm -4:15 pm

 Virtual Schedule 

(Social Studies held on EVEN days)

     9:25 - 10:45 Period 2
      10:55 - 12:15  Period 4
 12:25-1:05   Encore 
1:15 - 2:10   LUNCH
   2:15 - 3:35    Period 6
   3:40 Dismissal

Grading Scale

A = 90-100 4.0
B+ = 87-89 3.4
B = 80-86 3.0
C+ = 77-79 2.4
C = 70-76 2.0
D+ = 67-69 1.4
D = 60-66 1.0
F = 0-59 0.0