Family Learning Center

Issue 1- Spring 2018

Our Mission

The Family Learning Center provides a safe environment to support the academic goals of our community. By providing connections to counselors, tutors, and caring adults, along with technology access for homework and projects, the Family Learning Center will assist students in learning and creating connections for success.

The Family Learning Center is an after school academic center for Mt. Carmel High School (MCHS) and Black Mountain Middle School (BMMS) Students. If a student attending either MCHS or BMMS has a younger sibling attending Los Pen Elementary School (Los Pen) and is supposed to take care of their sibling after school, they may bring them to the Family Learning Center. Los Pen Elementary School students may only come to the center if they are accompanied by a sibling who attends either MCHS or BMMS.

About Us

We are located on the Los Penasquitos Elementary School Grounds at 14125 Cuca Street, Room EB30, San Diego, CA 92129.

We are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00 - 7:00

For questions or further information please contact Patti Park, Parent and Community Liaison at or call (858) 672-3600, xt. 3130

Our Staff

Greg Magno

MCHS Principal

Sara Ramirez

MCHS Assistant Principal

Patti Park

Family Learning Coordinator

(Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays)

Sheila Hatfield

MCHS Student Services Specialist


Life Skills

Victor Baez

MCHS Educational Counselor


Math, College prep

Mercy Gitobu

MCHS Math Teacher



Michael Bichler

MCHS Instructional Assistant

(Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays)

Integrated Math, English, Writing, Biology, Chemistry, Geo-science, History

A Look Inside

Here at the Family Learning Center, we provide after school tutoring for students. Laptops and printer access are available for students who need them. We also have a library of books for students in grades K-12 that can be checked out.

Who is in the house?


Mohammed, a sophomore at Mt. Carmel High School, started coming to the Family Learning Center two years ago. Over those two years, he has turned from a student into a volunteer helping students with their math and science problems. At school, Mohammed enjoys his math and science classes and hopes to one day turn this passion into a job as an aero-space engineer with Northrop Grumman. Mohammed enjoys playing soccer in his free time and attends FCBescola, a soccer camp run by FC Barcelona in San Diego. Over summer vacation, he plans to visit his family in Afghanistan for two months. We at the Family Learning Center appreciate all the work that Mohammed has done with his time here. The future is bright for him and we look forward to seeing how he grows as a student and as a leader.

Summer Reading on your Mind?

Check out some of these titles for a great summer read!

As the days get longer and the school year comes to a close, we all get excited for the leisure and and fun that summer brings us. If you need a break from catching some waves and soaking up the sun, check out some of these books to go along with an ice cold glass of lemonade.

Grades 3-5:

- Binny for Short by Hilary McKay

- El Deafo by Cece Bell

- The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John

Grades 6-8:

- The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

- Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

- The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Grades 9-12:

- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

- Life of Pi by Yann Martel

- Room by Emma Donoghue

A Note from the Director

Hello Families - I would like to introduce myself. My name is Patti Park and I am the Parent and Community Liaison at the Family Learning Center. I am at the Family Learning Center each day we are open, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

I welcome you to our very first edition of the Family Learning Center Newsletter! Our newsletter is designed to share all that is happening at the Family Learning Center such as our growth, student’s successes, student and staff profiles, and imparting pertinent information to you. A newsletter will be written each trimester.

We are excited that your students are utilizing the resources that are offered at the Center - the chrome books, internet access, printer, copier and our counselors and staff and peer tutors. We are here to help our students reach their academic successes.

As the school year comes to an end, we want to thank you for allowing us the pleasure of working with and getting to know your students. We hope you have a wonderful summer and we look forward to reconnecting with you when the school year starts in the fall.


Trimester Statistics

Here at the Family Learning Center, we are proud to offer an after-school environment to help students succeed. As of April 30th 2018 we had 691 students come to our center over the past two trimesters. Below is a breakdown of the students that attended the Family Learning Center.

November 2017

80 Students over a 10-day period with an average of 8 students per day.

- 33 MCHS students

- 6 BMMS students

- 41 Los Pen students

December 2017

192 Students over a 24-day period with an average of 8 students per day.

- 88 MCHS students

- 22 BMMS students

- 82 Los Pen students

January 2018

112 Students over 11 days with an average of 10.18 students per day.

- 57 MCHS students

- 10 BMMS students

- 45 Los Pen students

February 2018

63 Total Students over 5 days with an average of 12.6 students per day.

- 28 MCHS students

- 5 BMMS students

- 30 Los Pen students

March 2018

197 Total Students over 13 days with an average of 15.15 students per day.

- 68 MCHS students

- 23 BMMS students

- 106 Los Pen students

April 2018

90 Total Students over 8 days with an average of 11.25 students per day.

- 24 MCHS students

- 11 BMMS students

- 55 Los Pen students

Donations and Volunteering

If you would like to donate supplies or materials, or if you would like to learn how to volunteer at the Family Learning Center, please contact Patti Park at

Thank you to everyone who has contributed including:

Scott Corso for his donation of a Dell Laptop.

Farmers Insurance for monthly donations of snacks.

Book donations coordinated by Mia via book drive for center- Helen Olmsted and Coach Holmes, Gigi Hornell and Stephanie Alacron, Rachel Casey and Russell Flynn and Cheryl Kennedy from the student store.

Pam Garramone for her donation of a white board.

Jill Simos From Canyon Rim for her donation of a copier which also faxes, prints, and scans documents.

Megan Jones from Los Pen who donated adult coloring books.

Jeannine Uglade who donated a book rack.

How We got Started

The Family Learning Center is the creation of Greg Magno, Principal of Mt Carmel High School. He envisioned an after-school program that would offer chrome books, internet access, counselors, tutors and resources for all 3 of our feeder schools - Los Penasquitos Elementary School, Black Mountain Middle School and Mt. Carmel High School. We are located on the grounds of Los Penasquitos Elementary School. Sara Ramirez, the assistant principal of MCHS and Greg Magno run the Family Learning Center Program.

The Family Learning Center is going into its second year and we continue to grow in resources and students. It is a safe, friendly and respectful environment where students can do their homework and get additional academic help from MCHS instructors and MCHS peer tutors. We have Sheila Hatfield, the Student Services Specialist for MCHS at the Family Learning Center on Tuesdays, Victor Baez, an MCHS Counselor on Wednesdays, Michael Bichler, Instructional Assistant I on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Mercy Gitobu, Math Instructor available on Thursdays. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful staff available to assist our students.

The Family Learning Center is open from 4:00 - 7:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For any questions or further information, please contact Patti Park, Parent and Community Liaison at or call (858) 672-3600 xt 3130.

In addition to our after-school program, ESL classes for adults are given at the Family Learning Center Monday through Thursdays mornings from 8:30 - 11:30. They are offered through Poway Adult School. For information about these classes you can visit the website and click on Poway Adult School or you can call them at (858) 668-4024.