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





La Crosse County Health Department is reporting a Pertussis (Whooping Cough) outbreak in La Crosse County.  Please see the letter below and the fact sheet for information regarding this illness, what to watch for in your children and what to do if your child has it.  Any questions, please contact the La Crosse County Health Department at 608 785-9723 or contact your healthcare provider.

Letter to Parents

Pertussis Information

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.  


Additional Directions

School News

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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 - Fifth Grade- Mrs. BuxtonFacebook - Fourth Grade- Ms. Gudgeon

Spence in the News!




 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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