Upcoming Events

Join us! All in-person activities or virtual events are open to the public unless otherwise specified (due to seating, parking, or audience constraints).


Featured Resources

We want to highlight our supports for students who are moving up or moving out, recorded during online events last spring:

  • Transitioning to Middle School – presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Liaison Jennifer McMillan
    Webinar Recording   |  Passcode:  F1CN+&fh
  • Transitioning to High School – presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Liaison Jennifer McMillan 
    Webinar Recording  |  Passcode: $r&4DPR7
  • Transitioning to Life – presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Liaison Jennifer McMillan
    Webinar Recording  |  Passcode: 8*+LK?c2

Quick Links

What Is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. This intentional focus helps students build on internal assets and create a foundation that will support them in school and life. Focusing on the whole child at school provides opportunities to grow these necessary life skills to help our students become their best selves.

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Why SEL & Wellness?

We can – and must – support each student on a path to a hopeful future.

The Camas School District is committed to providing systemic social and emotional learning opportunities that contribute to overall student wellness, and its All-Student Wellness program was created in 2017. Focusing on a systemic approach allows us to be intentional in creating caring school communities and equitable learning environments and concentrates not only on academic growth but also on the growth of the whole child. School counselors, teachers, and support staff are always finding ways to embed SEL concepts into their classrooms, creating space for these skills to be learned and practiced.

Students are more successful in school and life when they:

  • Know and can manage themselves and regulate their emotions
  • Understand the perspectives of others and relate effectively with them
  • Make sound personal and social decisions

Other SEL benefits include:

  • More positive attitudes toward oneself, others, and tasks, including enhanced self-efficacy, confidence, persistence, empathy, connection and commitment to school, and a sense of purpose
  • More positive social behaviors and relationships with peers and adults
  • Reduced conduct problems and risk-taking behavior
  • Decreased emotional distress
  • Improved test scores, grades, and attendance

Camas’ SEL Goals

With guiding principles and core priorities in mind, the Camas School District has outlined goals for our students, staff, and partnerships:

For Students:

  • Increase internal assets for students to become their “preferred selves.”
  • Foster meaningful connections with adults, mentors, and peers.
  • Build self-awareness, regulation, and prosocial skills.

For Staff:

  • Increase training to grow and stretch individuals’ knowledge base.
  • Empower staff to connect with students and support social-emotional growth.

For Partnerships:

  • Engage in conversations and listen to students, staff, parents/guardians, and community.
  • Invite all to be teammates in participating in developing and maintaining external assets.


Resources & Reading

Below are things to watch, listen to, and read to help you and your family survive … and thrive!

Except for those created by CSD Social-Emotional Liaison Jennifer McMillan, these resources are not endorsed by Camas School District.

Crisis & Counseling
Get Moving!
For All Ages
For Elementary-Aged Children
For Teenage Children

To Order:

    • FREE care kits for any teen in Clark County who would like one – each kit contains a journal, fun pen, stress ball, information about handling anxiety/stress, and a snack. To order a kit, email kris.henriksen@clark.wa.gov with the name(s) and address of the teen(s).

To Read:

Online Classes from Camas Community Education
    • Join Mission fit Mama Squad FB Group (all updates and recordings will be posted in there).
    • Use this link every morning at 9:00 am PST
      join us: https://zoom.us/j/993770925 (you can join from your computer by clicking on the link directly, or you can join from your phone by downloading the “Zoom” app and using this meeting ID: 993-770-925
    • Please don’t hesitate to email Stephanie Grandits if you have any questions, granditsfitness@gmail.com
Addiction - Drugs, Alcohol, & Smoking
  • Start Talking Now – Find out how to prevent and reduce underage alcohol and marijuana use.
  • Community Services Northwest – Addictions – Provider of high-quality, integrated mental health, addictions, and housing services focused on individual strengths and recovery.
  • Clark County Crisis Services – Staffed by a team of mental health professionals and certified peer counselors who are trained in crisis intervention, behavioral health crisis services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the Southwest Washington Crisis Line at 800.626.8137 or TTY 866.835.2755.
  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids – Support and guidance for families struggling with their child’s substance use.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens – Get information to help you talk with your teens about drugs and their effects, and learn where to go to get help.
  • Lifeline Connections – A Pacific Northwest substance use and mental health treatment center providing services since 1962.
  • Unite Washougal – Unite supports a variety of programs in our community, including Positive Community Norms, a campaign focused on using data to support positive perceptions and dialogue that impact the healthy habits of our youth.
  • Headspace®, meditation app


Video & Audio Archives

Did you miss a workshop or want to learn something new? Watch or listen to one of our taped events at your convenience.

  • Lifestyle for Mood and Attention

Depression, anxiety, and inattention may be natural physiological responses to chronic states of undernourishment, sleep
deprivation, sedentary lifestyle, social disconnection, stress, and overstimulation. Dr. Kellie Moore, ND, shared information and strategies. SLIDES | Zoom Recording

  • Join Emily Penn, a functional nutritionist, explored how our eating impacts our mood, stress, and energy levels. We covered the basics of how food influences our feelings, and Emily provided actionable tips and small changes you can make to feel your best. These tips are suitable for all ages and can help support focus, cognition, mental health, and memory – now and for the long haul.

    Zoom Recording

    Passcode: ip=1vjs.

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Regulation – In this workshop, parents learned about the body-brain connection and explored ways to understand their nervous system activation, ways to support themselves, and how to extend this knowledge to parenting and co-regulating their children.
  • Ready for Kindergarten – Our Social-Emotional Wellness Coordinator, Jennifer McMillan, and Director of Early Learning, Diane Loghry, lead this event to support parents with children preparing to enter kindergarten in the fall.

  • Caring Caretaker Workshop for Families with LGBTQ2S+ StudentsEnduring gaps remain in our shared understanding and ability to care for gender-expansive kids. For Camas families who are looking for support in this area, we invite you to join other parents, caretakers, educators, and neighbors for a workshop focused on supporting queer and transgender (QT) young people. Participants will connect with other caretakers to build community and share ideas and resources; practice inclusive language that affirms QT kids’ identities; practice accountability when we make invalidating mistakes; and learn about ways to meaningfully support QT kids in our families, schools, neighborhoods, and communities. This workshop was created and facilitated by Dr. Bevyn Rowland, a local psychologist with 19 years of experience working with LGBTQ2S+ youth and adults. She is an out-queer, cisgender, white woman from the Pacific Northwest.

  • Yoga, Mindfulness, & Self Compassion – Workshop with Megan Peterson, a certified yoga therapist and birth worker, for teens and parents to design their own practice for self-care. This event will include a yoga practice as well as different mindfulness and self-compassion practices to try out. Many choices will be offered so that participants can feel what practices suit them so that they can create a self-care practice that feels accessible and just right for them. Megan specializes in using movement and mindfulness in a trauma-informed environment to meet people where they are and create space for their individual exploration. – April 11, 2023
  • Parent Effectiveness Workshop: Stop Talking and Listen! – CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Liaison Jennifer McMillan, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and her teen daughter, Lola, present techniques and strategies for parents to nurture better communication with their children, including using active listening, overcoming barriers to effective communication, and understanding the nature of problem ownership. – March 29, 2023
  • Top 10 Strategies for Working with Kids with ADHD – Zoom session with Cindy Goldrich, mental health counselor, certified ADHD coach, teacher consultant, and parenting specialist based in Boulder, Colo. Learn essential strategies for parents to help their children not just survive, but also thrive. You will learn about the best supports for your child, the facts about ADHD beyond the diagnosis, and how to best prepare them and yourselves for the journey ahead. – January 24, 2023  Webinar recording, Passcode: qK9t!WE1  |  Slideshow from the webinar  |
    Handouts: Worksheet How Bumpy Is Your Ride?, article “Can’t You Just Sit Still and Pay Attention?”
  • Reducing Stress Using Simple Tools: Mind, Body, and Art – workshop with board-certified art therapist Jocelyn Fitzgerald, LMFT, ATR-BC, and EMDR consultant. – Thursday, December 8, 2022
    View the event slideshow  |  View and print a workbook of creative arts exercises for young people  |  Jocelyn’s Art and Mindfulness Anti-Anxiety workbook
  • Connecting in Conflict Zoom workshop presented by “teen whisperer” and family coach Kirsten Cobabe. Learn how to lean into triggering moments during the transformational teen years. With awareness, acceptance, presence, and authenticity, conflict can become connection. In understanding the unique aspects of this stage of development, you can learn why your teen is frustrated – and how you can respond instead of react. Find balance in being a supportive guide during a time your teen needs it the most. – November 14, 2022
    Webinar recording  |  Passcode: %?8aK9ar
  • LEARN Suicide Prevention Workshop – presented by the Forefront Suicide Prevention Program at the University of Washington, creator of the LEARN awareness campaign. Forefront is focused on reducing suicide by empowering individuals and communities to take sustainable action, championing systemic change, and restoring hope. – September 26, 2022
    To view a PDF of the presentation slides, click here.
  • Transitioning to High School – presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Liaison Jennifer McMillan – May 2022
    Webinar Recording  |  Passcode: $r&4DPR7
  • Transitioning to Life – presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Liaison Jennifer McMillan – May 2022
    Webinar Recording  |  Passcode: 8*+LK?c2
  • Transitioning to Middle School – presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Liaison Jennifer McMillan – June 7, 2022
  • Ready for K! – presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Liaison Jennifer McMillan – May 4, 2022
  • Obtaining Peak Athletic Performance – presented by Elliott Waksman, MA CMPC, a certified mental performance consultant, Portland Sports Psychology – April 25, 2022
  • Building Character Through Sports – presented by Elliott Waksman, MA CMPC, a certified mental performance consultant, Portland Sports Psychology – April 12, 2022
  • Supporting The Transition To High School: Tips & Tricks for Moving On To Secondary Schools with CSD Social-Emotional Liaison Jennifer McMillan – June 2, 2021
  • Supporting The Transition To Life: For parents of high school seniors with Yshai Boussi, LPC, licensed professional counselor and owner of Portland Family Counseling – May 12, 2021
  • Ready for K! Tips & Tricks for Transitioning to Kindergarten with Camas School District co-hosts, Social-Emotional Wellness Coordinator Jennifer McMillan and Director of Early Learning Diane Loghry – April 27, 2021
  • Transition to Middle School with host Camas School District Social-Emotional Wellness Coordinator Jennifer McMillan – April 15, 2021
  • Birds & Bees & Kids: When & How To Have “The Talks” With Elementary Age Kids with sexual health educator, award-winning author and speaker, Amy Lang, MA – March 23, 2021
  • What Makes Boys Tick: Simple Strategies To Dramatically Defuse Conflict & Grow Connection with Boys Alive! founder and “ON BOYS” Parenting Podcast co-host, Janet Allison – March 9, 2021
    • |  Passcode: e8BvgR&a
  • The Birds & Bees for Parents of Middle Schoolers with sexual health educator, award-winning author and speaker, Amy Lang, MA – February 23, 2021
  • How To Respond When Things Go Wrong: Setting Effective Boundaries & Limits With 21st Century Teens with Yshai Boussi, Licensed Professional Counselor – February 11, 2021
  • How “The Talks” Can Keep Your Kids Safer Online with sexual health educator, award-winning author and speaker, Amy Lang, MA – January 26, 2021
  • Creating Fun & Effective Family Meetings with Lael Petersen, MSW – January 19, 2021
  • The Financial Aid Handbook with Camas High School Counselors Leontine Liebe and Sarah Warta – December 10, 2020
  • Playbook for Parents: How to Support Your Child’s Academic, Social & Emotional Growth in Any Setting with CSD Teachers on Special Assignment Jennifer Scott and Jenelee Herz, and CSD Social-Emotional Learning Liaison Jennifer McMillan – December 8, 2020
  • Brain-Based Sensory Supports for Remote Learners with Sharron Donnelly, occupational therapist and owner of Advanced Pediatrics – December 3, 2020
  • Managing Online Learning: A Survival Guide for Parents with Lael Petersen, MSW – October 6, 2020.
  • Camas Wellness Lab Podcast: a monthly social-emotional learning podcast with Jennifer McMillan, Social-Emotional Wellness Liaison who speaks on social-emotional learning as well as interviews industry experts on the subject.
    • May 2021 – Listen
    • March 2021 – Listen
    • February 2021 –
    • January 2021 –
    • November 2020 –
    • October 2020 –
    • September 2020 – Listen
  • Mindful Parenting of Elementary Students, presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Coordinator Jennifer McMillan – May 24, 2018
  • Mindful Parenting of Elementary Students, presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Coordinator Jennifer McMillan – April 24, 2018
  • Competition and High Expectations: Supporting Your Children to Be Independent and Resilient, presented by Licensed Professional Counselor Howard Hiton of Hiton Associates – Tuesday, April 10
  • Teens and Their Screens, presented by Licensed Professional Counselor Yshai Boussi of Portland Family Counseling – March 26, 2018
  • Mindful Parenting of Pre-K Students, presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Coordinator Jennifer McMillan – March 20, 2018
  • Understanding Teen Anxiety, presented by professional counselor Kevin Ashworth of NW Anxiety Institute – March 7, 2018
  • The Adolescent Brain, presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Coordinator Jennifer McMillan – March 6, 2018
  • Navigating the Transition Into High School, presented by Tre Carlisle – Feb. 17/Feb. 24, 2018
  • The Unique Social and Emotional Development of Highly Capable Children, presented by Northwest Gifted Child Association President Austina DeBonte – January 25, 2018
  • Mindful Parenting of Elementary Students, presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Coordinator Jennifer McMillan @ Prune Hill Elementary – January 24, 2018
  • Mindful Parenting of Elementary Students, presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Coordinator Jennifer McMillan @ Dorothy Fox Elementary – January 18, 2018
  • Mindful Parenting of Elementary Students, presented by CSD Social-Emotional Wellness Coordinator Jennifer McMillan @ Lacamas Heights Elementary – January 10, 2018
  • Screenagers: The Movie screening – October 17, 2017

Camas Educational Foundation (CEF) Major Grant

In 2017, the Camas Educational Foundation (CEF) awarded the Camas School District with a major grant to assist in funding our core priorities:
  • Student Transitions
  • Student Engagement
  • Family Engagement Support

We are extremely grateful for the support of CEF, and for the many generous donors who fund extraordinary teaching and learning in Camas schools. Thank you!

In the News

See what the media is saying about student wellness in Camas Schools!

We appreciate your willingness to learn and grow with our students! ​