Welcome to Lapham from Principal Tammy Thompson Kapp!
On behalf of our entire school community, welcome to Lapham Elementary School! We strive to insure that all families feel welcome, valued and connected to the Lapham Community and celebrate the rich diverse culture that lives within our school population. I would like to extend an open invitation for you to be partners in your child’s education and know that a student’s potential is maximized when everyone works together in a collaborative manner. We encourage you to seek opportunities that enable everyone to have a successful school experience! Our curriculum is both rigorous and challenging and will continue to be so with the alignment of the Common Core State Standards. Through these standards, we are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that each child is prepared for college, career, and the community by the time he/she completes high school. The process begins in elementary school where our goal is to teach students to read and think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively (both orally and in print), and to utilize technology in relevant ways.
Lapham is a partner school with Marquette Elementary, a unique arrangement in that children from two school attendance areas join for pre-kindergarten through second grades at Lapham and third through fifth grades at Marquette. Both of our schools are supported by the Lapham-Marquette Parent Teacher Group (PTG). This group of committed families meets monthly to provide leadership and community support to help make our schools successful. We have many parent volunteers who work with staff and students in our schools as well as students from UW and Edgewood College who work with our students and learn from our staff.
In addition to strong academics, we have fun events that involve our students and families: The Lapham Outdoor Classroom and Community Garden with annual Schoolwide Harvest, Fine Arts Night, Spring Sing, the International Food Fair, and the annual Holiday Luncheon. These are just some of many events held at our school that you are encouraged to attend!
Our schools has an excellent after school programs provided by Red Caboose, Inc. and shares space with MMSD alternative programs allowing us expand our community to benefit everyone in our buildings. Please seek out our families and those who have experienced our schools to learn even more about us. We strive for our school community to be one where families feel welcomed, valued, and connected in meaningful ways that positively impact the education of our students. Thank you for sharing your children with us!
Tammy Thompson Kapp