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Mrs. Darcie Girmus

Mrs. Darcie Girmus – Prior to having just been named principal at Holy Family Catholic School, Mrs. Girmus was the middle school science teacher, named assistant principal in 2010 and then Principal from 2014 – 2019 at St. Marks Catholic School in Vienna Virginia. With a combined 32 years of educational experience, she taught 17 years in a public school in Nebraska. In 2003, Mrs. Girmus and her family moved to Virginia from Nebraska where they literally “sold the farm” to fulfill her lifelong dream of teaching in a Catholic School. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Mrs. Girmus holds degrees in elementary education, curriculum and instruction, and her most recent, Master of Education in Administration and Supervision is from Marymount University. Girmus and her husband Greg, are looking forward to joining our Holy Family Community as parishioners.


Girl Scouting – Daisy, Brownie, Girl Scout and Jr.

Raise your hand. Accept the challenge. Find your fearless. 

Holy Family Catholic School offers the Girl Scouting Program from grades 1 – 8; Daisy’s, Brownies, Jr. Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts.

If your daughter is interested in the Girl Scouting program, please contact Bridgette Klaus at or you may contact a troop leader in each grade as well:

1- Jennifer O’Neil, Julie Flores & Kris Guerrero
2 – Michelle Alexander, Michelle Gardner, Arlene Sanchez, Cristina Jaime
3 – Denise Bilotta, Bridgette Klaus, Sam Doumit
4 – Andrea Shaffer, Andrea Giese, Akiko Maloney, Valerie Meyer
5 – Heather Timmons, Michelle Alexander
6- Denise Bilotta, Yvette Rodriguez, Rosalyn Podesta, Gisele Carretero
7 – Mara Jones, Dolores Mercer, Tina Tran
8- Michelle Gardner, Charlene Barone

As a Girl Scout, you’ll always be trying new things, and learning there are hundreds of small, powerful ways you can take the lead every single day. You could build a robot, create your own work of art, or climb a wall in the great outdoors. Every time you try something new, you’ll discover you can do more than you ever thought possible. Plus, you’ll have a ton of fun every step of the way. With Girl Scouts, there’s a whole world of new opportunities and you-can-do-anything confidence waiting just for you!

Along the way, she’ll gain important skills in four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience:

  • Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
  • Outdoors
  • Life Skills
  • Entrepreneurship

While she may be exposed to these subjects at school, in other youth programs, or even on her own, at Girl Scouts she’ll experience them in a unique way that puts her on a path to a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. And because our program is girl-led, girls decide what they’ll do, together.

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Girl Scout Troop 16761
Jr. Girl Scout Troop 5911



Safeguard the Children – Note: Every Holy family volunteer (parent, grandparent, family member 18+, caregiver etc.) must have submitted the above mentioned requirements to both Holy Family Catholic School AND Holy Family Catholic Church prior to signing up to  volunteer for supervising children in any capacity such as driving students to a field trip, serving hot lunch, attending overnight trips, coaching, SCOUTING, supervising students in the drama program or any parish program where an individual will be volunteering with or around children.

6th Grade Ancient History



6th Grade Homeroom & Social Studies Teacher
7th Grade Language Arts Teacher
8th Grade Language Arts Teacher


Our textbook series this year for social studies from TCI. The book and accompanying interactive notebook are available online at The website also has information explaining TCI’s unique approach. The program takes social studies online and straight to students’ imaginations with its interactive, engaging, and collaborative curriculum . . . TCI programs get kids moving, thinking, and learning, sometimes all at the same time.

The foundation of TCI is in its approach to teaching. Every TCI program is designed to reach learners of all abilities using multiple intelligences teaching strategies and theory and research-based active instruction. Students go in-depth and hands-on in every TCI program.

A complete Class Syllabus is available to each student and parent on Schoology which is password protected.

We will follow the journey of humankind from the dawn of civilization (c. 3500 B.C.E.) to the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 A.D.. During this period, humans emerged from life as village dwellers to the builders of amazing civilizations. Great empires rose and fell, and new philosophies and religions changed the world.

We will study:

  • Prehistory 
  • Mesopotamia 
  • Egypt 
  • Israelites 
  • Early Greece 
  • Hellenistic World 
  • India China 
  • The Roman Republic
  • The Roman Empire


8th Grade Science

My goal is for students to embrace Science and the Learning. Students who show respect, take notes, study their notes, and do their homework will be successful in my class. Communication is very important. I want to teach my students to advocate for themselves and to be comfortable communicating with authority. So I encourage them t email me themselves if they have questions or concerns.

Study Tips

Students should take notes during the warm ups and class discussions. Quizzes will mirror warm ups and Tests will mirror study guides. Also students can use Quizlet to study vocabulary. There is a premade vocabulary list for almost every chapter. These can be found easily by searching the chapter title and book name in Quizlet. *Quizlet will be loaded on each students iPad


Notes can be taken on an iPad using any note app. They must be filed neatly and clearly labeled. I will ask for your file of notes at the end of each trimester. Notes will consist of daily warm ups and any lecture notes including study guides for each chapter.

Chapter Labs/Standards Warmups

Chapter Labs will be completed once a chapter. They will be done in lab groups and all materials will be provided. Each student must do his or her own FORMAL lab write up. Lab write ups must include: (1) Problem, (2) Prediction, (3) Data, (4) Analyze and Conclude Questions, and (5) Design an Experiment in PMP form!

Standards WarmUps are shorter lesson labs. They will be done in lab groups and all materials will be provided. Each group member will turn in one lab by the end of the class period. There will need to include (1)data qualitative, quantitative or both and (2) think it over questions. If not turned in by the end of the class period they will be penalized 50% for being late.




A complete Class Syllabus is available to each student and parent on Schoology which is password protected.

8th Grade Science

In order to fulfill the Science requirements for the eighth grade class as established by the State of California Content Standards we will cover the following:                                                                               Text : Pearson Prentice Hall Focus on Physical Science

  • Introduction to Physical Science
  • The Nature of Matter 
  • Solids, Liquids, and Gasses 
  • Elements of the Periodic Table 
  • Atoms and Bonding
  • Chemical Reactions 
  • Acids, Bases, and Solutions 
  • Carbon Chemistry 
  • Motion and Energy 
  • Forces
  • Forces and Fluids