Teen makes nationwide ranking of STEM students

March 31, 2015

STEM Premier has announced the first national rankings of top science, technology, engineering and math high school students.

Lisa Tang, of Sammamish, has placed in the top 50.

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Students join Aerospace Scholars Program

March 17, 2015

Several local students were recently accepted into the first phase of the 2014-15 Washington Aerospace Scholars Program at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

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Issaquah, Renton make top 10 cities for millennial job seekers

February 10, 2015

The financial website NerdWallet was curious to find the top Washington cities that appealed most to millennial job seekers. Issaquah was ranked fifth and Renton 10th.

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Guest Column — Go All in for Kids during annual fundraiser

October 14, 2014

Great schools and great communities go hand in hand. It is likely that one or both of these influenced your decision to live within the Issaquah School District boundaries.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation asks you to ensure both remain great by contributing to the All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign.

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Issaquah School District introduces Atomic Learning

August 26, 2014

The Issaquah School District invites Issaquah parents and students to use a new resource for learning technology tools called Atomic Learning.

The district’s subscription includes nearly 50,000 step-by-step tutorials on common software, workshops and projects on topics such as blogging and Internet safety.

Atomic Learning can be used by parents and their children at home. Contact your school for its Atomic Learning account information.


Smart home gets smarter with Comcast home-security device

July 15, 2014

Comcast has given one of Issaquah’s more notable technophiles the gift of a smarter house.

Resident Chris Pirillo, CEO and founder of LockerGnome Inc., a network of blogs, forums and online communities, also reviews technology to a wide audience through his YouTube channel. With his wide expertise and exposure to hundreds of thousands of followers and subscribers, he is often asked to try out products and provide feedback.

Comcast decided to take Pirillo up on that and offered him the chance to get outfitted with a new platform called XFINITY Home, a home-security device that ties together home devices, offering a glimpse into the approaching future of home automation.

By Peter Clark Chris Pirillo shows off the technology of XFINITY Home as he controls the lighting in his house with the Comcast developed phone app.

By Peter Clark
Chris Pirillo shows off the technology of XFINITY Home as he controls the lighting in his house with the Comcast developed phone app.

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Rep. Dave Reichert receives Congressional Tech Leader Award

June 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 16, 2014

TechAmerica, the public sector and public advocacy department of CompTIA, presented U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) with its 2014 TechAmerica Congressional Tech Leader Award on June 11.

The award recognizes select legislators for their overall commitment to promoting technology-friendly policy. Each recipient has shown great dedication to strengthen America’s tech sector in their state, across the U.S. and abroad, the organization said in a news release.

According to the latest data by the TechAmerica Foundation, the Washington state technology sector employs 190,953 people, with tech exporters supporting 27,400 jobs.

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Students invited to join science-centered programs

February 25, 2014

The Issaquah School District is holding three meetings in March for families of third-grade students interested in joining the district’s science and technology magnet programs.

The programs typically serve more than 50 fourth- and fifth-grade students over a two-year period. The magnet program is located at Briarwood, Cascade Ridge and Clark elementary schools, but is open to other schools.

The magnet program covers the standard district-adopted fourth- and fifth-grade curriculum, with an emphasis on science and technology. Grade-specific math instruction is also provided.

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Proposed bill would give users a digital eraser button

February 18, 2014

OLYMPIA — The proliferation of social networking sites and online media has created a flood of personal information in the marketplace. A proposed House Bill would give users a right to have that information erased from the public eye.

While Washington state recognizes certain protections against the invasion of privacy, there is generally no liability for public disclosure of a fact that has already lost its private nature by being posted publicly.

“Back in the ‘70s, (you’d) put a lampshade on your head at some party and the embarrassment of that the next morning was from the people at the party,” said Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, prime sponsor of House Bill 2180. “Now, you do that online, it can go viral and it can be a lifetime of humiliation.”

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Local teens take a technology timeout

February 4, 2014

Issaquah High School senior Robin Lustig wasn’t supposed to be on her phone, but she checked it anyway.

“I definitely had a slip-up,” she said. “I check my phone every five minutes, even if I know for a fact I don’t have any text messages or any missed calls. That’s what society is these days. You have to be updated constantly with what’s on Twitter, what’s on Instagram.”

Contributed Robin Lustig, Issaquah High School senior, sports a T-shirt displaying her commitment to going three days technology free.

Robin Lustig, Issaquah High School senior, sports a T-shirt displaying her commitment to going three days technology free.

Lustig and nearly 600 other students at Issaquah High School stopped using technology for three days beginning Jan. 13, as part of a technology timeout hosted by a documentary filmmaker. That meant no computers, cellphones or social media.

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