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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…

Teacher Spotlight - Catherine Huang

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 Catherine Huang. I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, got a B.A. from Providence University majored in English Literature. Later on I went to University of Florida and got my M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education with emphasis on Elementary School Education. After graduation, I moved to Chicago, Illinois, and taught as the Mandarin Bilingual Teacher at one of the Chicago Public Schools.

How long have you been with the CLIP program, and in what roles? I came to California about 20 years ago, when the CUSD started a new program called Mandarin Enrichment Program back then, which is now CLIP. I started the Program with only one class of kindergartners. At that time, Mandarin was taught for 30 minutes a day only. I got an English co-teacher in the second year. We both taught the kindergarten class and the first g…

CLIP Art Classes in Full Swing!

Our CLIP Art classes have been busy with many different activities!  In 1st grade, our students learned about the Chinese opera and made their own opera masks!

Our 6th graders learned about ancient Egyptian sculptures and sunken reliefs, to supplement their CLIP social studies curriculum.

And our 2nd graders learned about Mongolian yurts as well as a lesson on Genghis Khan.  They designed their own yurts as part of their project.
These are just a few examples of what our students are learning in the months of October and November!

Best Wishes Ms. Chia-Ching Lin!

We want to wish a fond farewell to Ms. Chia-Ching Lin, who is moving on from Meyerholz to her new job as an assistant principal in the Hayward Unified School District. She was with our CLIP program for 14 years as a teacher in multiple grades.  
Several parents were on hand during Ms. Lin’s last day on Friday, and threw her a surprise farewell party during her after-school baking class.  Parent volunteer Julie Wann organized students to put together a scrapbook of memories past and present. Other parents presented her with a giant card with warm thoughts from the many who signed it. Parent volunteer and CLIPCO rep Alan Fong also presented Ms. Lin with a plaque to commemorate her participation in the CLIP program. The parents did a great job in pulling this together so quickly and in keeping it a secret.
While we are sad to lose Ms. Lin as a teacher, she will continue to be a part of our CLIP community as a parent.  Thank you Ms. Lin for your many years of service and dedication to the …

Student Spotlight - Gillie Ross

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 Gillie Ross, I’m in the 4th Grade

How long have you been in the CLIP program? I started in Kindergarten, so 5 years now.  My brother and sister are also in the program with me.

What are some of your hobbies or special interests? I like hockey and Karate.  I'm the goalie on a girls travel hockey team, and I'm 5th kyu in Karate.  And lately I've been singing a lot of Hamilton and Moana songs.

What is your favorite subject in school? PE's my favorite, but I like writing and reading too.  They're a bit more useful.   

What's your favorite after-school activity? Karate is my favorite.  I like learning new things, and how to protect myself.   

Tell us about a special activity from CLIP that you enjoy. I've been in the Chinese New Year Parade for 3 years.  Hopefully next year I can be…

Volunteer Spotlight - Rachel Turkal

Who are you?
My name is Rachel Turkal. I grew up on the East Coast and lived in Germany for a couple years when I was a child. I went to a small liberal arts college in Virginia called Sweet Briar College where I majored in Psychology and Studio Art. Professionally I have worked with at-risk youth in a treatment facility setting, in various capacities as a customer service agent, and in various office administrative roles.
I have a child in the 2nd grade and we have been in the CLIP program going on 3 years.
What volunteer role do you have in CLIP currently? What roles, if any, have you had in the past?
I currently am chairing the MCAC (Meyerholz CLIP Advisory Committee) and am assisting Nikki Tan run ASEP (After School Enrichment Program). Previously I have been on the CLIPCO Board as a grade representative for Kindergarten and 1st grade as well as being a member of the MCAC committee.I am also on the PTA and volunteer with Project Cornerstone.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?  

Direct Give Contest Kick-Off!

Dear CLIP families, Welcome to the kick-off of our 2017 Direct Give Contest! Each year we raise funds in order to sustain our wonderful CLIP program. Regular district funds are not enough to cover both Chinese and English aspects of the program. Your contributions support Mandarin curriculum development, Mandarin classroom teaching materials, instructional aides, textbooks, Chinese cultural/enrichment activities, and more.   CLIP is our community, and we need everyone to do their part to help. This includes donating your grade’s full recommended ask amount to sustain the program, volunteering on the CLIPCO subcommittees, and supporting CLIP in general.  The donation ask amounts are reasonable compared to other Bay Area schools who ask $800-$2000 per student (without Chinese immersion benefits), or Chinese bilingual private schools that cost more than $25,000 a year. This year's Direct Give Campaign started on the first day of school with a pledge form in your child's first day pa…