Phone Extension: 1307
Mr. Smoot is the Engineering & Technology Instructor at Centennial Middle School. He has over 20 years of industry experience in engineering and management. He has a degree in Electrical Automation & Robotics and an Electrical Engineering degree. He has been teaching technology and engineering classes for the past 16 years.
Mr. Smoot is also the Utah TSA State Advisor. The Technology Student Association (TSA) enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitive events and related programs.
Electrical Engineering – BS – Brigham Young University
Electrical Automation and Robotics – AAS – Utah Valley University
Engineering & Technology Disclosure Statement 2018-19
Department Philosophy and Faculty
Technology and Engineering Education is committed to preparing students for continuing education and employment opportunities by teaching them to understand, design, produce, use, and manage the human-made world in order to contribute and function in a technological society.
Mr. Smoot is a licensed educator who has taught for 15 years. He has an engineering degree and has professional experience in the private engineering sector. He brings a detailed and varied experience with engineering applications that directly relate to curriculum and department objectives.
Technology Student Association (TSA)
An important component of the Centennial Middle School engineering & technology curriculum is the opportunity for students to participate in the Technology Students Association (TSA). TSA is the student leadership organization for engineering & technology education. TSA fosters personal growth, leadership training, career development, teamwork, community service, competitive events, and student recognition to supplement the curriculum in engineering & technology. TSA sponsors engineering and technology competitions that member schools may participate in providing students the opportunity of exhibiting their projects.
Attendance and Participation
Attendance in class is obviously important for a student to be successful. The standard attendance policy will be followed. Classes are project based and critically structured on student participation. It is strongly recommended that students bring a pencil and paper to take notes. Participation points are given to students. If a student is absent or tardy those participation points cannot be awarded. Students must be in their seat ready to work when the bell rings. Students who have several unexcused absences will have their parent/guardian contacted to be advised that the student is in jeopardy of lowered or failing grades.
Students who are disruptive, talk excessively, and/or use cell phones/electronic devices will lose participation points. We strongly recommend that parents/guardians routinely check PowerSchool to review their student’s grades and attendance.
Respect self – Respect others – Respect Equipment
Computer Use, Safety, and Behavior Policy
Student will have access to school computers for instructional programs and internet research use. A student found abusing this equipment, or logging on to unapproved web sites can be subject to losing all computer access privileges and for gross violations of this policy, dropped from the course and program.
Maintaining safety in classrooms and labs is one of the most important responsibilities a student has at Centennial Middle. Safety glasses must always be worn in specified areas. Equipment use must be supervised by an instructor. Prior approval must be obtained from an instructor before gaining access to equipment. Horseplay will not be tolerated and a zero tolerance for safety violations will be maintained.
Students are required to dress appropriately at all times as outlined by school policy. There should not be any hats or hoodies worn.
All electronic devices, i.e. cell phones, iPods, etc. shall be in the off position. There shall not be any use of cell phones for calls or texting. If the student takes out their phone in class, the phone will be taken to the office.
Students should leave all items of distraction at home. NO toys are allowed in the classroom. Toys will be taken away.
Occasionally, videos will be shown in class. They will be engineering and technology related.
Late Work and Grading Policy
Classroom and lab work is expected to be handed in on assigned days. The teacher must approve all late work and approve a late work hand-in date. Late work is subject to point deductions for the assignment. Assessments will be based on several factors: assignments, quizzes, projects (individual and group), and tests.
Grading will follow the District policy and schedule. The following grading scale will be used:
- A = 93-100%
- A- = 90-92%
- B+ = 87-89%
- B = 83-86%
- B- = 80-82%
- C+ = 77-79%
- C = 73-76%
- C- = 70-72%
- D+ = 67-69%
- D = 63-66%
- D- = 60-62%
- Fail below 60%
All students will be treated as responsible, capable young people. The main responsibility for good citizenship rests directly on the shoulders of the individual student. Students will be expected to follow all the school policies. Copying other students’ work or from other sources will be considered as cheating and students will be disciplined. Students who allow others to copy their work will also suffer consequences.