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1888 - Olympian Jim Thorpe, "America's greatest athlete," born in Indian Territory (probably near Prague, Okla.); later in life, appeared in many B-Westerns shot in Placerita Canyon [story]
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Newhall School District has promoted three current employees to serve in new administrative roles. Kate Peattie, Chad Rose and Tim Lankford will step into new positions in the district.

“At Newhall School District, we know that to achieve success as a leader in education we need to nurture and promote outstanding staff members who are committed to providing superior learning to our students,” said Newhall School District Superintendent Jeff Pelzel. “That is why I am thrilled to announce the following new hires among our administrative staff.”

The district’s new assistant superintendent of instructional services is Kate Peattie, who has been with the district for 25 years. Her past career positions include teacher, assistant principal, principal, administrator of professional development, and most recently, the director of instruction, assessment and accountability.

Peattie played an active role in leading the Learning Support Teachers and Intervention teams in the district while implementing a district-wide model during the past school year.

“I am thrilled to continue the important work of the Newhall School District, ensuring that every child receives a high-quality education and setting them up for success in whatever they choose to do,” she said.

Peattie has three sons who all attended Newhall district schools.

The district’s new director of instruction, assessment and accountability is Chad Rose. He is moving from his current position of learning recovery and instructional technology support administrator, which was new to the district this year, with its overall function designed to support school sites in making up for the gaps that may have formed during COVID-19 remote learning and to support the integration of technology for instructional and engagement purposes. Prior to that, Rose was a site principal at the district’s Stevenson Ranch and Meadows campuses.

“I feel honored to be selected to serve the students and staff of the Newhall School District and look forward to being part of the continued growth of all students,” he said.

Rose is married and has two daughters who both attended the Newhall district.

Tim Lankford will be stepping into the role of learning recovery and instructional technology support administrator in tandem with Rose’s transition. Lankford has served in the Newhall district as site principal of Newhall, Wiley Canyon and Stevenson Ranch schools.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity to support the instructional needs of students and partner with the incredible staff and school communities in the Newhall School District by making a positive impact each and every day,” he said.

With his wife, Lankford is raising two children who also attended the Newhall district.

All of the Newhall District’s 10 campuses were recognized as a California Distinguished School and a 2022 California Pivotal Practice Award Program winner for delivering creativity and innovation to meet COVID-19 challenges during the 2020-21 school year.

The Newhall School District is an elementary school district in the Santa Clarita Valley. It’s 10 school campuses are Dr. J. Michael McGrath Elementary, Meadows Elementary, Newhall Elementary, Oak Hills Elementary, Old Orchard Elementary, Peachland Avenue Elementary, Pico Canyon Elementary, Stevenson Ranch Elementary, Valencia Valley Elementary and Wiley Canyon Elementary.

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