We are excited about the opportunity to get to know you, and are looking forward to an exciting and productive school year. We would like to take this moment to introduce our 8th grade teaching staff.

Mrs. Heidi Freeman - Language Arts   freemah@pwcs.edu 
Mrs. Wangner - PreAlgebra/Algebra   wangnenk@pwcs.edu 
Mr. Mike Denney - Geometry   denneymj@pwcs.edu 
Ms. Alyssa Ruhlen - Civics    ruhlenac@pwcs.edu 
Ms. Angela Jackson - Science   jacksoap@pwcs.edu  
Señorita Rubi Nunez - Spanish 1 & 2   nunezrm1@pwcs.edu 

We have planned many activities for the upcoming school year; including hands-on science labs, algebraic problem solving, innovative writing, and field trips. We look forward to engaging every student in a challenging and relevant curriculum, while fostering an environment of respect and support. We hope you had an exciting summer and are ready to continue the Porter tradition of excellence!

Studies show that parental involvement in a child's education is one of the strongest indicators of student achievement. We look forward to working together with parent volunteers and appreciate your time and interest. Thank you for the partnership in your child's education.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us via email or call the school. Once again, welcome to 8th grade. Let's work together to make this a great year! Go Patriots!!


  9:00 - 10:30     Period 1
10:30 - 11:35     Period 2
11:35 - 12:10     LUNCH & Milers/Lockers
12:10 - 12:55     ENCORE
12:55 -   1:25     Period 5
  1:25 -   2:10     Period 6
  2:10 -   2:55     Period 7
  2:55 -   3:35     Period 8
  3:35 -  3:40      Lockers & Dismissal





English Language Arts



Social Studies

World Languages (Spanish I & II)





PWCS High School Specialty Program

The PWCS 2022-2023 High School Specialty Program Application process has begun.  Here is some very information to help make the process easier: 

Below is the direct link to the PWCS Specialty Program Page: 

Once on the page, navigate to the right side and click on “Specialty Program Application Process.”

Once you click on this link, you will find directions for the following:

  • Research your options
  • Apply online
  • Selection
  • Notification
  • Program Acceptance

IMPORTANT NOTE: Each High School has separate dates and times of their individual Information Nights. You can go to the specific high school's webpage for their program's information. 



Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology 

Planning to apply to TJHSST

Step 1.  Visit the Admissions Page for all information:  www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions

Step 2.  Please view this TJ ADMISSIONS VIDEO...it MUST be viewed BEFORE coming to ANY in-person presentations:

The in-person will be a very condensed version of the recorded YouTube video since the purpose of the personal visits is to answer any and all questions.

Step 3. The times/dates/locations for the in-person presentations are located on the TJ website at:  www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions. Look under the heading "News From TJHSST."  


Calendar 2022-2023 Freshmen Round

Monday, October 24, 2022: ................. Applications Available- 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022: ........ Last day to BEGIN Application

Friday, November 18, 2022: ................. Application DEADLINE- 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 4, 2023: ................. SPS/Essay Writing Administration- 8:00 a.m.

Friday, February 10, 2023: ................... Accommodations, Make-Up SPS/Essay Writing Administration- 8:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 11, 2023: ............... INCLEMENT WEATHER date for February 4.

Friday, February 17, 2023: ................... Inclement Weather date for February 10.

Friday, April 28, 2023: .......................... Final Notifications Released on or before

NOTE:  Calendar dates may be subject to change (per TJHSST)


If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Lockamy, Porter's 8th Grade Counselor, at lockamaw@pwcs.edu