Power students ‘clap out’ as school transitions

Power Upper Elementary School in Farmington Hills is on its way to becoming a middle school, so school officials decided to change up the traditional year-end “clap out” for 6th graders.

Principal Allyson Robinson, in her first year at the school, led a Friday event attended by students, parents, and school staff. Traditionally, only the sixth graders participate, because they’re leaving the building. But because of the transition, some fifth grade students and building staff will be leaving as well, so both grades were included in the short walk on the paved track just west of the building off Gill Road.

“This is a really special day, and a really special clap out,” Robinson said.

Several students spoke about what Power Upper Elementary means to them, and those comments will be bound in a book that will remain in the school’s library, she added.

The building’s new middle school status is part of a Farmington Public Schools plan to close and repurpose several school buildings, due to declining enrollment. O.E. Dunckel Middle School will be repurposed as a K-8 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) school, leaving the district with three middle schools: Power, East Middle School, and Warner, which was also an upper elementary school.