Principal's Page

Principal's Page 
  Family 2021
Lisa Newsome
Ontario Primary
2302 Wade Ave.
Ashtabula, Ohio

Lisa Newsome is a lifetime Ashtabula resident who is a St. John High School alumni and is married to Matt Newsome.  She graduated from Baldwin Wallace in 1996 with a BA in Elementary Education and from Youngstown State University in 2003 with a Master's Degree in Education Administration. She has completed her Superintendent's Licensure from Ursuline College in 2019.  In her career with the Ashtabula Area City Schools she has taught at Thomas Jefferson, 2nd grade at Plymouth, and served 10 years as a 5th grade teacher at McKinsey Elementary School. As an administrator she served 1 year as Head Teacher at State Road Elementary School, and Assistant Principal at Lakeside Intermediate School for 2 years, Head Volleyball Coach at Lakeside High School for 13 years, 7 years as the Supervisor of the Early Learning Center Preschool, and Special Education Supervisor for the district.  She currently is the principal of Ontario Primary School and the District Test Coordinator. 


Administrative Assistant

Nicole Smith


Nicole moved to Ashtabula in 1994 from Aurora, Colorado.  She graduated from Edgewood High School and has been a resident of Ashtabula ever since.  Nicole has been with the district for four years serving previously as the central registration administrative assistant and Early Learning Center administrative assistant.  


Ontario Primary 

Dragons Roar!


Outstanding Academics

Always Safe


School Schedule - ONTARIO PRIMARY
REMOTE Learning Schedule
Group A - 8:00 - 10:45 am
Group B - 12:15 - 3:00 pm
Please contact the school office if you have any questions or if you are in need of assistance with logging in and meeting with your teachers via google classroom.
Have a good start to this REMOTE school year.  Hopefully we will see you back in October. 
Class DOJO

Many of our teachers used class DOJO last year as a means of keeping parents informed of student progress and behavior. You should have received an invitation from your child’s teacher to download the free Class DOJO app or log in for the computer. A separate letter will explain the pro-gram in more detail. Here is a basic explanation to get you started.

Instead of using the color wheel to keep track of student behavior on a general scale teachers will meet with students to set individual goals for the number of DOJO points they will try to earn. Once the goal is set stu-dents will start earning points toward their individual goal. Monthly celebrations (similar to the great green celebrations last year) will be for students who have met their goal during the month. A student is part of the celebration in the month he or she meets the goal. Then a new goal is set and the student continues. Beginning with September students will bring home the green folder with the monthly calendar. They will report daily whether or not they are making progress to-ward their goals.

Parents who use the app or login will be able to track progress daily as well as text message with the teacher. Many of our parents found the messaging to be an especially helpful communication tool.


Both of my boys attend AACS at Erie Intermediate and Lakeside Junior High School.  Both of them had an amazing start to the new REMOTE year.