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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Jump Rope for Heart
Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution
Battle of the Books
Tropicana Speech Contest
Extended Learning Program
School Advisory Council (SAC)
Volunteer Reading Program
Great American Teach-In
Big Brother/Big Sister
Fall Festival (FUN Fest)
Ice Cream Social for New Families
Cici's Pizza Family Night
USF Intern Program