Elementary School
2150 Bennett St | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608-789-7773 | Fax: 608-789-7174

Welcome to Spence Elementary School! Home of the Mustangs!

Mrs. Shelley Shirel, Principal

Office Hours: 7:00 – 3:30pm
School Day: 8:00 – 2:40pm

If you are in need of busing for the 2017-2018 school year, please click the link below to the district’s transportation site.  There, you can register your students for busing, get more information, find contact information for GoRiteway, and much more. 

annual update

Keep Your Information Updated!

Has your phone number changed?  Do you need to update emergency contacts? Have you moved?

As the School District of La Crosse continues to move towards additional access through Family Access, families now have the ability to update their own phone numbers, email addresses, emergency contacts, doctor, dentist, and hospital information throughout the school year.  You will also have the ability to update your address.*


*Updating your address will still require verification.  Your address will not be updated in our system until you provide this verification.  Please provide address verification (utility bill, phone bill, or mortgage/lease) to Spence or the Registrar’s office at the Hogan Administrative Center.  


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Facebook - Spence Studio - Ms. MetzFacebook - Food Pantry - Community HelpersFacebook - Second Grade - Mrs. LoveFacebook - Second Grade - Ms. WoolleyFacebook - Third Grade - Ms. GrayFacebook - First Grade- Mrs. BuxtonFacebook - Fourth Grade- Ms. Gudgeon

Spence in the News!


Asher M., and his partner Dr. Scott Rathgaber, recently won the annual RSVP’s Who Will Be Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Contest.  RSVP stopped by to present the $1,000 check to Asher, who will use the winnings for a project of his choice at Spence.  Congratulations, Asher! 

Who Will Be Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Contest



The Spence Garden Party was a blast.  Thank you to all who made the garden and the party possible.  We are excited to watch our garden bloom and learn in our outdoor classroom space.

Spence Garden Party 



Our Nutrition Manager, Mrs. Shelly Abraham, was recently featured in WKBT’s Assignment: Education, honoring her and her 33 years in School Nutrition, serving over 60,000 meals during that time.  She will be retiring September 4th and will be missed by us here at Spence! Thank you, Mrs. Abraham!

Assignment: Education – Thank a lunch lady




 Thank you to La Crosse Public Education Foundation for their generosity! Spence classroom teachers received 3 grants.  With LPEF’s support, we will continue to create our school garden and outdoor classrooms, we will train teachers to support and guide Preschool parents, and we will continue to increase our students’ social skills and awareness through the books of Julia Cook. 


La Crosse Public Education Foundation Grants (WKBT)

LPEF Grant to Support Spence’s School Garden (WXOW)




We are proud to have honored the veterans we know and love, as well as all the other men and women who have served or continue to serve our country. Thank you, veterans!


Veterans Day Program




CHECK THIS OUT! This is AMAZING if you have not seen it yet! We are so incredibly lucky and grateful to have a hero like this in our own school, every single day. Debbie lights up our students’ lives with her hugs, comments, smiles, and incredible attitude. Debbie is so deserving of this honor. Mustang Pride!


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