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…

CLIP Tours Registration Open Now!

CLIP Tours are coming up! Help us raise community awareness about the Cupertino Language Immersion Program, and encourage parents you know who are in the CUSD to sign up and learn more. CLIP Tours are in January and February.  These tours are mandatory for new parents applying to the CLIP alternative program in the Cupertino Union School District and are a great step to learning what CLIP is and how children would benefit from immersion education in Mandarin.

You can print a flyer and distribute it to places like libraries, grocery stores, pre-schools that your younger children attend, and any other locations you think might help.  The flyer can be downloaded here:
The CLIP Tour dates are:

Meyerholz January 5th, 11th, 23rd February 5th, 12th Sign-up:

Miller January 17th

ASEP Winter Showcase

The ASEP (After School Enrichment Program) Winter Showcase was held last Friday, Dec 8.  It was a wonderful time of performances from our ASEP students.  The show included Chinese drums, wushu, lion dance, Chinese dance and more!  Thanks to all our instructors, class coordinators and parent volunteers for a successful evening!  

Holiday Greetings from Principal Coleman

Hello CLIP Community,

I consider myself an optimist, however, there is a lot of evidence to suggest the best is yet to come for CLIP and something I firmly believe, regardless of my positive nature. In the Fall of 2018, CLIP will enter into it's 20th year of existence, a tremendous milestone and something to certainly celebrate. In addition, we have also started the discussion with our new Superintendent, Dr. Baker, about CLIP moving to their own site.  Engaging you all in that process will prove to be a rewarding experience that I'm certain will ignite a warm feeling of pride that could firmly establish the future of CLIP for years to come. Thank you all for your generosity, commitment, and partnership in helping ensure that CLIP continue as the premier Mandarin language immersion program in the country.

On a personal note, many of you are aware that Serena and I have been fostering two sons (ages 5 and 8) for the last 8 months. This calling has humbled us and at the same time …



Year of the Dog 2018 Parade Day is Saturday, Feb. 24th.  We march rain or shine!

Register at:

Open to Meyerholz students in grades 1 - 5 and CLIP-Miller students

INFORMATION MEETING (parents & students): Friday, Dec. 15, 3:10 - 3:40pm in the Meyerholz GLC. We will explain this year’s performance as well as student and parent expectations.

REGISTER: online from Sun., Dec 10 through Mon., Jan. 8 at 8pm You MUST register to attend the audition/practices. Unfortunately, parade officials limit team sizes, so registration does not guarantee a spot on the team.

AUDITION: Fri., Dec. 15 from 3:40 - 4:30pm in the Meyerholz GLC. Final team selections will be announced by Monday January 8, 2018.

PRACTICE DATES: times are from 3:10 - 4:45pm in the Meyerholz GLC. • Fri., Jan. 5*, 12, and 19 • Fri., Feb. 2, 9 and 16 • Parade Day is Sat., Feb. 24. Please note this is the last Saturday of the mi…