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CLIP Tours and CUSD Registration

CLIP Tours are now Open!
Parents/guardians who do not already have a child in CLIP are required to attend a mandatory information meeting and tour. Prior to registering for a CLIP tour online, you need to register at your home school for kindergarten or student assignment for grades 1-8 at the Cupertino Union School District office.  Once you successfully registered your child, you will obtain the necessary information to register for a CLIP tour. CLIP K-5th grade (Meyerholz Elementary School) Tour Dates: CLIP tours are from 8:45 - 10:30 AM in the Meyerholz GLC/library. 在報名參加 CLIP 參觀說明會前,註冊幼稚班的家長必須先到你住家指定的學校去完成註冊手續並取得相關的收據來報名CLIP 參觀說明會。或註冊一年級到八年級插班生的家長是到庫市聯合學區辦公室的註冊組去完成註冊手續並取得相關的收據來報名CLIP 參觀說明會。 CLIP 參觀說明會是從早上8:45 到10:30。 CLIP registration linkis available.  CLIP 參觀說明會註冊連結。 2018/2019 CLIP Tour dates for the school year 2019-2020 are: 預定的CLIP 參觀說明會日期: Friday, November 9, 2018 Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Thursday, January 10, 2019

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New ASEP Cooking Class for CLIP

CLIPCO's After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) launched a new class this year - cooking! The class is currently offered to 4th graders and up. Through this series of cooking lessons, the students will: - gain appreciation of cuisines around the world - increase knowledge of seasonal produce preparation - learn both up-to-date and classic techniques - work effectively and sensibly in team environment (clean as we go) - celebrate creativity in Culinary Arts
The class is being taught by CLIP parent Kathleen Ko. She started the course teaching the students how to make Bruschetta. Kathleen says, "In-season produce taste the best! We started our very first lesson with a nice tomato appetizer. We got sweet 100, sun gold, early girls… and few other types of tomatoes. We learned how to make basil chiffonade and what we need to make garlic and oregano infused oil. For the fancy version, students learned how to easily peel off tomato skins using blanch & shocking method. We learned …

Teacher Spotlight - Instructional Assistant Jenny Chu

Every month we will feature a current student, teacher or alumni from CLIP to showcase on our blog.  If you are interested in being featured, contact

First, can you talk a bit about your background?

I finished my Master’s degree in Chinese Literature at National Taiwan Normal University.
When I first came to Silicon Valley in 1994, I worked as a semiconductor layout designer. I used
CAD tools to draw the circuit layouts. I did this job for about 8 years, but because I had two little
kids at that time, I decided to quit my job and spent more time taking care of my family.
Now, my daughter just received her Master’s degree from Columbia University and works in
New York as a social worker. My son is a junior at UC Berkeley. My children are grown up, so I
decided to reenter the workforce. I liked to use my original education in teaching background
this time. I heard from my friend about this Clip IA job opportunity, so I gave it a try.
This is my third year at Meyerholz…

Congrats to Lyria and Ray Zhu - Winners in the Beijing 13th National Youth Talent TV Show

Congratulations to two of our CLIP students, 7th grader Lyria Zhu and 4th grader Ray Zhu.  Both Lyria and Ray went to Beijing this summer to compete in two national contests.  
One contest is the 4th Huayun Cup National Mandarin Speech Contest. Lyria's solo speech ‘Rain of Osmanthus Flowers (桂花雨)’ won 1st place - champion of all international groups which includes competitors from six countries.
The other contest is the 13th National Youth Talent TV show, and both Lyria and Ray were members in a group performance (dancing, speech, and magic combo show).  Ray and Lyria gave speeches in Chinese.   The group was granted the  'Gold Award' by the referee committee.
Qing Zhu, Ray and Lyria's father, says, "We are so grateful that Meyerholz, Miller and CLIP has been providing excellent bilingual education and resources for Ray and Lyria! And we so proud to be part of this community!"
Congrats to Ray and Lyria! We're proud of you!

Congrats to CLIP Alumna Melissa Lee - Sunnyvale Student of the Year!

Every month we will feature a current student, teacher or alumni from CLIP to showcase on our blog.  This month we are pleased to spotlight Melissa Lee, recently named High School Student of the Year by the City of Sunnyvale. If you are interested in being featured, contact

Who are you? My name is Melissa Lee and I am in 11th grade at Fremont High School.

What grade did you join the CLIP program? I joined the CLIP program when I was in kindergarten at Meyerholz Elementary School.

What are some of your hobbies or special interests? My hobbies include wrestling, watching Netflix shows, and drinking boba milk teas.

What is your favorite subject in school? My favorite subject in school is math.

Tell us about the award you won - how did you get selected, and what qualified you for the award?   I received the 2018 Student of the Year award for the City of Sunnyvale.  I was nominated by
members of the community for my achievements in wrestling, school, and
extracurricular activitie…

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Dear CLIP families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 CLIP school year! I hope you all had a fun, restful summer. 

As you may know, CLIP depends completely on donations to fund the programs not covered by normal school district funds. These programs include the Mandarin Chinese curriculum, CLIP Art program, and Homework Club. Last year, we raised a total of $321,560 ($258,996 from your generous donations, $62,564 in corporate matches.) Earlier this year, Cupertino Union School District agreed to contribute ~$70,000 towards curriculum and 6th grade zero period staffing costs. With this additional support, this year’s CLIP budget has been reduced to $288,366. For more information about the breakdown of the budget, see page 2. The lower budget target has allowed us to lower the per student minimum donation amount for this year! The minimum ask for Kindergarten through 5th grade is $425 per student. The 6th through 8th grade minimum ask is $200 per student. We would like to thank the district for t…

Teacher Spotlight - Connie Chan

Every month we will feature a current student, teacher or alumni from CLIP to showcase on our blog.  If you are interested in being featured, contact

Who are you? My name is Connie Chan AKA Mrs. Chan. I was born in Fuzhou, China and grew up in Hong Kong. My family moved to the U.S. when I was in middle school. I stayed in Sacramento, CA with my parents until I went to UC Berkeley for college. I loved the Bay Area so much that I stayed here after I graduated. After being a first grade teacher in the Fremont Unified District for three years, I went to China to teach English and worked on my TESOL degree. I spent a year in Shangdong and another year in Shanxi. After returning from the two-year assignment, I ended up at Meyerholz teaching first grade again.

When did you join the CLIP teaching staff?  How long have you been with the CLIP program? What grade do you teach currently, what other grades have you taught? I have been with Meyerholz CLIP since 2006. I started with …

Congrats to the CLIP Graduating Class of 2018!

On Friday, June 1, 2018, CLIP celebrated its 5th grade and 8th grade promotion ceremony, at Miller Middle School.  Sixty 8th graders from the CLIP Miller program received plaques from Principal Amy Steele and Assistant Principal Alvin Marquez.  Sixty-six 5th graders also received certificates from Assistant Principal Ann Mitchell and their 5th grade teachers Ms. YinYin Pao and Ms. Bianca Mueller.  Over 450 attendees came to the celebration, including parents, former teachers, Superintendent Craig Baker and CUSD Board Member Kristin Lyn.

The 5th grade graduates performed two lovely songs with choreography, and our 8th grade students treated the audience to a swing dance show and student-produced music videos.  The ceremony ended with a lion dance performance from a lion dance troupe comprised of all CLIP alumni who are currently in high school and middle school. 

A big thank you to the Graduation Celebration committee, chaired by Annie Wu and Stephanie Wang, and the many many parents …

CLIP Destination Imagination Teams Place in Top Ten Globals

A big congratulations to our two CLIP Destination Imagination teams, who just returned from the Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville last week.  Both teams placed in the Top Ten in each of their divisions!

Congrats to Meyerholz CLIP team Phantom Piggies, Yvonne, Ryan, Justin, Annie, Naoka, Derek and Nathan! They competed against over 80 teams from across the country and world in the Elementary school level competition and tied for 8th place overall!  
And congrats to the Miller CLIP team Creativity.exe, James, Gilford, Colin, Erin and Samantha!  They also competed against over 80 international and U.S. teams at the middle school level and won 1st place in the Instant Challenge and placed 10th overall!  
Congrats to both our teams! You make us proud!

CLIP Student Winner at Santa Clara Artspiration Showcase

Congratulations to CLIP 5th grade student Zoey Lim, who was selected as one of the winners for the Santa Clara County Office of Education's Artspiration Young Artist Showcase.  Zoey submitted a foil art project that she completed as part of the 5th grade CLIP Art curriculum.  Her art piece is titled, "Ballet".  Congrats, Zoey, you make us proud!

Volunteer Spotlight - Alan Fong

Every month we will feature a current student, teacher or alumni from CLIP to showcase on our blog.  If you are interested in being featured, contact

Who are you?
My name is Alan Fong - I have a seasonal wholesale/ distributing company selling ski and snowboard apparel. For the rest of the year I am also a Commercial real estate agent dealing in commercial leases and property managing.  Due to my flexible schedule I am fortunate to spend as much time as I can with my son who is in 1st grade here at Meyerholz/CLIP, as well as his numerous activities. You may see me around campus here often because I am also a substitute teacher for the CUSD as I primarily sub for Meyerholz and occasionally for John Muir.

What volunteer role do you have in CLIP currently? What roles, if any, have you had in the past?
I am currently serving in my second of a two-year term as the 1st grade representative and my first year was a kindergarten representative on the CLIPCO board. This 2017-20…

CLIP Team Marches in the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade

Meyerholz/Miller Clip participated in this years Chinese New Year Parade on Feb 24th, 2018. The kids did a wonderful job as the weather was briskly cold but no rain. Unfortunately, we did not get any TV time this year, as the camera crews cut to interview and commercial, although you could see a glimpse of our team in the back!

This year's theme and Story was that of a dog that becomes a prince by saving a princess with a terrible skin ailment. Hence becoming the first people/settlers of Bulan near the southern part of Taiwan.

In our marching troupe this year were two guards, the main princess, and a dog who wore a beautiful
custom-made two-person dog costume made by our own Clipco board member Jon Campbell.  We
cannot thank him enough for another year of creating another masterpiece.  The dog was followed by 12 jr princesses which comprised mostly of 1st thru 3rd graders who wore beautiful blue dresses to go along with our theme/story. Following our jr. princesses were our 6 dog…

CLIP Destination Imagination Teams Win 1st Place

Congratulations to the two CLIP teams who competed last weekend at the Silicon Valley Destination Imagination Regional Tournament!  Both teams won first place in their respective categories!  The Meyerholz CLIP team, "Phantom Piggies" competed and won 1st Place in the Improvisational Challenge for Elementary Level.  The Miller CLIP Team, "Creativity.exe" competed and won 1st Place as well in the Improvisational Challenge for Middle School Level.  Both teams had to research different cultures and explorers, and create and present an improvisational skit about a quest to return a lost cultural treasure to its owner.

Teams who win 1st or 2nd place advance onto State Tournament, to be held in April in Clovis, CA.  Good luck to our two teams, you make us proud!