#SJbacktoschool shows what it takes to start the year


#SJbacktoschool shows what it takes to start the year

3:24 p.m. PDT September 5, 2016

This past week, educators in the Salem-Keizer School District have been busy getting ready for a new school year.

At Auburn Elementary School, new teachers toured the school, learned the ins and outs and set up their classrooms.

At McNary High School, new teachers went through a teacher draft, while at Claggett Creek Middle School, teachers trained on how to build relationships with students.

At Lee Elementary School, custodian and maintenance workers perfected the building and made space for new materials. And at Chapman Hill Elementary School, teachers finalized lesson plans.

This was just a snapshot of what all these people do to prepare for the year.

Check out the full photo project on Instagram, and submit your own photos, using #SJbacktoschool.

Contact Natalie Pate at npate@StatesmanJournal.com, 503-399-6745, or follow on Twitter @Nataliempate



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Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. Natalie has previously worked for organizations and publications such as Direct Relief International, Waging Non-Violence, and Amnesty International USA. She has had stories published with USA Today, Associated Press and Ozy, among others. Natalie earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies (FFS) from Willamette University. During her studies, she wrote a Politics thesis titled, "No One is Dying: How and Why the U.S. Federal Government Avoids Executing Prisoners on Federal Death Row" and an FFS thesis, in French, on cannibalism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Natalie is a journalist, performer, traveler, fiction writer and more. She is working to publish her dystopian novella, "Choice," which follows a man during 24 hours in solitary confinement for allegedly committing murder. For more information on Natalie visit www.about.me/natalie_pate, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate) or Tumblr (Nataliempate blog "In the Shoes of a Journalist"). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at www.StatesmanJournal.com.

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