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

Spence Food Pantry

If your family is in need of assistance from the Spence Food Pantry, please fill out the form coming home in your child’s backpack or here and return to your child’s teacher. If you are not in need of assistance, but would like to donate to the food pantry, we accept donations any time throughout the year and at the following upcoming school events: Fall Literacy Night-Thursday, October 12th from 5:30-7:00 pm and the Fall Food Drive, Thursday, November 2nd-Thursday, December 21st.

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 - Spence Servant LeadersFacebook - First Grade- Mrs. BlakstadFacebook - First Grade- Mrs. BuxtonFacebook - First Grade - Mrs. LoveFacebook - Third Grade - Ms. WoolleyFacebook - Fifth Grade - Ms. GrayFacebook - Fifth 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