Dear members of the Muir community,
First I wish all of you joy, serenity and good health. This is a momentous milestone that we invite all of you to celebrate with us as we look to our achievements and forward to the future of the Cupertino Language Immersion Program, also referred to as CLIP.
Few elementary programs have the opportunity to mark 25 years of opening learning and new discovery in the Mandarin language. Fewer can claim how early biliterate, bicultural, and bilingual learners have impacted our world. History is not only in the past, it is in the milestones created everyday in our classrooms. I expect our highly talented educators to work to achieve concrete and meaningful change that invites student inquiry.
Every person on our campus is a leader. Every person has the unprecedented opportunity to shape the future of Muir - and, through it, the world.
Our learners achieve through vision. And, they do so because learning is a facilitated process of insight and connections. Of guidance and of wisdom. Open doors, and you might just be amazed by the view a window will offer. In thinking of just what our children, and really everyone can accomplish, I am reminded of Enlightenment Now, by Stephen Pinker, when he says,
“We will never have a perfect world, and it would be dangerous to seek one. But there is no limits to the betterments we can attain if we continue to apply knowledge to enhance human flourishing.”
My staff, and I, are here to enable our learners to impact positively in this world. Together, we can help our world flourish.
Thank you, for building our community.
Dr. Jennifer Lashier
Principal, John Muir Elementary