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Brooker Elementary Mission Statement





Vision Statement:  High Expectations Equal Student Success


Our teachers use a balanced curriculum based on the Sunshine State Standards that includes the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials that are matched to each student's needs based upon on-going classroom assessment of student performance.  Teaches use effective, research-based practices such as flexible grouping, cooperative learning, balanced literacy (in reading, writing, and mathematics), active learning, continuous assessment, thematic instruction, and the use of technology.  Classrooms are organized in a variety of ways, including self contained, grade level departmentalization, looping and multi-age environments.  Programs such as Academically Giften Placement (AGP), Exceptional Student Education (ESE), and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) are available for students with special needs.

Computer Lab

This state of the art facility features thirty-five Compaq computer workstations featuring internet access, multi-media presentation software and the latest educational software.  Students at every grade level learn basic computer skills while reinforcing the Hillsborough County expectations being introduced in their homeroom classrooms.

Internet Access

Every classroom has filtered access to the Internet.  In addition, each class is outfitted with a Compaq computer.  This means teachers and students have access to the web and teachers continue to utilize the district's email services.


Brooker Elementary students begin each day with the WBBB Morning Show.  Whether it's writing the script, working the cameras, running the video board, or anchoring the show, this closed circuit television production is completely operated by students in the Technology Club.

Media Center

Students visit our Media Center as often as needed to borrow books, access the internet, conduct research, read magazines, take Accelerated Reader tests and enjoy activities.  Students use Cybercat, a computerized book search program, to locate books of interest.  The Media Center also invites classes for story time, booktalks, library skills lessons and research.


The AlphaSmart allows students to enter and edit text, then send it to any computer for formatting or directly to a printer.  Its portability allows students to use it anywhere and anytime - in the classroom, at home or on field trips.


Our music curriculum offers balanced and sequential lessons that focus on technique, creation, cultural diversity, critical analysis and the relationship between music and the world beyond the school setting.  Our incredible music suite includes a piano / computer lab with software to enhance class instruction in music literacy.  Violin, chimes and chorus classes are also available.


Brooker Elementary provides comprehensive, sequential arts education that stresses art history, art appreciation, aesthetics, and multicultural studies.  Students also have the opportunity to join the Art Club for further enrichment.

Physical Education

The physical education program at Brooker Elementary is child centered.  This approach fosters the sequential progression of motor, cognitive, emotional and social development.  Learners are challenged with stimulating, open-ended tasks to gain confidence in attempting new learning experiences through educational games, sports, dance, gymnastics and fitness activities.

School History
J. R. Brooker Elementary School was named for a pioneer resident of Brandon, Joseph Richard Brooker, a builder and large landowner in the area.  The school opened in 1961.  Students chose green and gold as
their school colors to reflect the colors of the professional soccer team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies.  Our
mascot is the braves.  Brooker was renovated in 1985 and 2000.

Awards and Recognitions

State Grade "A"
Five Star Award
Golden School Award
Red Carpet School Award
Attendance Award
Teacher of the Year
Ida S. Baker Award
SERVE Grant Recipient

Special Events and Activities

Student of the Month
ICU Guidance Program
Hawthorne Care Center Partnership
Pennies for Pasta
Recycling Program
Jump Rope for Heart
Safety Patrols
Junior Deputy
Field Day
Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution
Student Council
Battle of the Books
Young Authors
FCAT Explorer
Writers' Club
Tropicana Speech Contest
Science Olympics
Math Bowl
Extended Learning Program

Community Involvement

School Advisory Council (SAC)
Volunteer Reading Program
Mentoring Program
Great American Teach-In
Big Brother/Big Sister
Fall Festival (FUN Fest)
Camp Read-A-Lot
Grandparents' Breakfast
Ice Cream Social for New Families
Cici's Pizza Family Night
USF Intern Program

Last Modified: Aug 15, 2009