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.)

Summer Assignments

ALL students must complete the following summer assignments:


1. Book Report - Make sure to read the instructions.  Click here for the book report assignment directions.  Click here to see an example of a completed book report.


2. Current Event - You need to come this assignment according to the directions.  Click here for the current event assignment directions.



Welcome to the new school year!

The following are important items that you can reference.


1. Rostering Letter: Please click here to view the rostering letter.  At AMY at James Martin, students roster into different classes; it is, traditionally, a high school process. The letter informs you of the dates that students can roster in the summer.  Rostering will only take place in the summer.  If a student cannot make it to the available sessions, a roster will be created for him/her.


2. Supply List: Click here to view the supply list.  This list is general and are the supplies that are needed for all classes.  Any other list of supplies that are needed for individual classes will be available at the start of the school year.


3. Uniforms: Students must wear uniform shirts with the AMY logo available through the Home & School Association.  They are available in short sleeve and long sleeve.  The colors of the shirts are white, tan, and blue.  For more information on our uniform policy, please view the "For Parents" page of this website.  For the Uniform Order Form, please click here.


Message from the Principal


Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:


Welcome to the 2014-2015 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