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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!

Alumni Spotlight - Maxwell Ruckstuhl and Kelly Ruckstuhl

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 a brother and sister alumni pair, Maxwell and Kelly Ruckstuhl. If you are interested in being featured, contact

Tell us your name and grade/school and/or current occupation:

Maxwell Ruckstuhl
BS Physiology and Neuroscience, UCSD 2016
BA Psycholinguistics and Cognition, UCSD 2016
PhD student, University of Michigan Neuroscience Graduate Program

Kelly Ruckstuhl
UC Davis (2014-2017), double majored in Economics and International Relations
Currently at Marketing Evolution (marketing analytics/attribution SaaS) -- doing business development

What grade did you join the CLIP program, what year did you graduate from CLIP?

Maxwell: I joined in 3rd grade and graduated from CLIP in 2008.
Kelly: I joined in 1st grade and graduated in 8th grade in 2009.

What are some of your hobbies or special interests?

Maxwell: Cooking, reading, hiking
Kelly: Rea…

Volunteer Spotlight - Nikki Tan

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 Nikki Tan - I work as an insurance broker in SF, but I try to spend as much time as I can with my kids at their numerous activities.  I'm a mom of 4, all of whom are at Meyerholz - 5th, 4th, 3rd and Kinder.  I've been a part of CLIP since my oldest was in kinder, so I’ve been in the program almost 6 years.

What volunteer role do you have in CLIP currently? What roles, if any, have you had in the past? The 2017-18 year is my 2nd year as the ASEP Co-Director.  I was previously served on the CLIPCO Board as the 2nd and 3rd grade class rep.

Tell us about ASEP.  Why did you decide to volunteer in this role? The ASEP Co-director position pretty much fell in my lap.  My kids have been a part of ASEP for the last 5 years and I am grateful and appreciative to all the parents who started the program a…

CLIP Art Teacher Spotlight - Kathleen Ko

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 Kathleen Ko. I grew up in Taiwan and moved to Irvine when I was 12 years old. I graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Studio Art. Professionally, I have worked for Disney and eBay in User Experience and Design. In 2006, I began my culinary journey where I worked at Manresa and The French Laundry. Currently, I teach cooking classes as well as private dining when my schedule allows. When did you join the CLIP Art teaching staff and the CLIP program? I started as a CLIP Art parent volunteer in 2014, and then became an CLIP Art instructor the following year. I have two children in CLIP program, Charlie Loper (3rd grade) and Oliver (1st grade). This is my 2nd year teaching CLIP Art, and I currently teach kindergarten kids. I love their excitement towards doing art projects, and their naturally raw cre…