Mrs. Lisa M. Mesi

3380 Richmond Street
Philadelphia PA 19134
Phone: 215.291.4172


Alternative Middle Years at James Martin School (A.M.Y.)

Alternative Middle Years at James Martin School (A.M.Y.)

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If you missed the Report Card Conferences, don't worry...your child's advisory teacher will contact you to discuss your child's grades then send the report card home with your child.









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Neubauer Update

THANK YOU to all of our families that donated, participated, or helped to plan our fundraisers this year.  We met our goal and will be purchasing our new Math Program as soon as possible!


AMY would also like to recognize the efforts of of Elissa Goldberg and Eve DiPietro without your tireless efforts, our goal would not have been met!!!


We encourage all our families to continue to support our local businesses.  To get a list of all of the contributing local businesses, please click here.


IMPORTANT - NEW Cell Phone Policy


Dear Parents,


Starting Tuesday, February 16 2016, there will be a new Electronics Policy at AMY at James Martin and the policy is in effect until the last day of school.


The new Electronics Policy is as follows:

Cell phones, electronic games, radios, compact discs (CD’s), compact disc players (CD player), tape recorders, beepers, iPods, mp3 players, iPhones, digital cameras or any other electronic devices are not permitted on their person or in use during school hours. This includes ear buds/headphones.

 All electronics must be either turned OFF in your child’s locker OR turned OFF and given to your child’s Advisory Teacher during MORNING Advisory.


Your child’s electronic device will be confiscated if seen (e.g. bulging in pockets, waistband, or shirts) by ANY staff member.  It will not be given back to them until the last day of school, June 22, 2016.  There are no exceptions.


This policy is in effect due to the increase usage of cell phones during class time for non-instructional purposes. Also, PSSA Testing is coming up and the Pennsylvania Department of Education issues fines for possession of electronics.




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Message from the Principal


Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:


Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the principal of Alternative Middle Years at James Martin. I am extremely excited to be a member of our educational community.  I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I “grew-up” in the Boys & Girls Club, a place I considered my second home. I have held a variety of positions within the School District of Philadelphia including: Teacher, Teacher Leader, Mentor Teacher, Model Classroom Teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal.

The staff and I are eager to continue the impressive progress that has been the hallmark of the AMY 5 Community. It is with great pride that we carry the torch forward, striving for even greater gains. Our plan is to continue the great traditions and practices that are the foundation of AMY at James Martin. We will also be including a variety of educational opportunities for our children, as well as a more rigorous course of study in line with the new Common Core Standards. Each member of our staff brings with them unique perspectives and talents to enhance the learning experience.

I have an “open door” policy and look forward to meeting with the members of the AMY 5 family. I believe in transparency. It is the building block for positive relationships between the school, families, and the community. I am eager to earn your trust and forge the relationships necessary to do the hard work of educating our children and instilling in them the desire to achieve. Critical decisions on the best course of action for our children will need to be made. “Study. Lead. Serve.” is at the heart of the process. It is our vision that AMY students are contributing members of a diverse community who study, lead and serve responsibly. Our mission is:

·      We will provide rigorous, content-based instruction around grade-specific themes.

o   6th Grade  - Community, Independence, Responsibility

o   7th Grade – Academic Focus and Stamina

o   8th Grade – Service and Leadership

·      We will work to support all children in making personal and academic growth every year.

·      We will collaborate on project-based learning that is built around academic standards and works across disciplines.

·      We will focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) with real-world application.

·      We will maintain our strong Humanities curriculum.

·      We will build relationships with community partners, including museums and local colleges/universities, to help students experience the world they live in.

We invite families to become actively involved in our school because every parent/guardian has something to contribute. You know your children best. Parents/guardians may be asked at times to complete a survey, serve on a committee, or attend an assembly program. We hope you will frequently commit.





Mrs. Lisa M. Mesi