MISSION MONDAY: Historical Costumes Highlighted on Halloween


Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

The hallways of North Salem Middle/High School were invaded by historical figures such as Medusa, Albert Einstein and Fu Hao on Halloween.

Sixth-grade students spent time transforming themselves into these and other characters as part of the annual Historical Halloween Costume Contest.

“Our amazing sixth-grade team has a problem that they ask students to solve – to pick a very important character out of either history or fiction and create costumes, a set of props and a storyline to tell,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Human Resources Dr. Mike Hibbard, who served as one of the judges in the final competition. “The kids learn how to use critical and creative thinking, as well as engage in collaboration and communication.”

On Halloween morning, each student presented their costume and gave a speech about why they should be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. One student from each class was selected to enter into the gradewide competition in the afternoon in the three categories – best costume, best presentation and total excellence.

Many of the costumes were completely handmade and each student presented a compelling case as to why their character should be highlighted. The judges graded students on criteria including their knowledge of the subject and persuasive reasons stated, timeliness, eye contact, delivery; and their costumes’ authenticity and creativity.

After deliberating, the judges named the three winners:
•    Total Excellence — Emily Lehr as Malala Yousafzai
•    Best Presentation — Kara Paulsen as Samuel Bellamy
•    Best Costume — Carly Cerosky as Artemis

“The students showed tenacity and grit in their preparation,” said Dr. Hibbard. “They have a lot of stage presence and connected with the audience as they spoke. All of this is working together to help our students accomplish our mission – to solve problems through critical and creative thinking.”

View the below video for more from the Historical Halloween Costume Contest.