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 am always available to answer any questions, comments, or concerns you have at [email protected] Please don't hesitate to reach out!

Hello Parents and Students, 

Report cards will be coming home soon via Parent/StudentVUE for you to print and look at. I wanted to be very clear about the Work Habits and Conduct grades coming home to you. First of all, everyone earned at least a 'S' for conduct as you all have been excellent during the zoom sessions. However work habits is where your scores will differ, please use the following scale to consult for your work habits grade. If you are questioning why you received that grade, please check the informative/formative assignments in the grade book.

 O/S/U Report Card Marks – For report cards work habits/effort will be noted as usual. For Social Studies, the mark will be determined as follows:

  • O= No missing informative and/or formative assignments
  • S = No more than 2 missing informative and/or formative assignments; multiple late assignments
  • U = 3 or more missing informative and/or formative assignments; or more late or incomplete assignments. 


Ms. Ruhlen

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


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

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

[email protected]

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

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