Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Welcome (Back!)

NEW!! Welcome to what will likely be one of the most unique years of all of our lives. We are glad that you are have chosen to make this class a part of your day here at MSHS! For some, this has been a most challenging time, so let’s be mindful of each other, now that we are back together again. We plan to do all we can to make certain you are both safe and that choir is a home away from home, where you can just be yourself! 

NEW!! If you have not yet done so, please complete the  Emergency Information Record and the Parent Volunteer forms that I emailed you and your parent/guardian a few weeks ago. These two forms are due by this Friday (Sept. 11th @ midnight). +2 points on your grade! 

Additionally, the iChat form allows the district to complete a background check and must be on file in order to volunteer for anything school related…including choir! Turning in the iChat form with a copy of your parent/guardian’s drivers license will earn you an additional extra credit point. 

Here is a link to the “Welcome Back” letter I sent out, which contains links to these three forms, as well as other information: CLICK HERE

Links to all forms and other info can also be found under Pages on the right side of our choir blog. Use Pages to quickly find things like our calendar, scrip information, and “green sheets.”

NEW! We also need to collect your choir shoe money, $30 (if you are new) by Wednesday, Sept. 23rd. (+1 point  if returned by the deadline). Returning choir members, middle school choir members that purchased the official choir shoe in middle school, as well as current HS band members do NOT need to purchase shoes–you have them already (unless you want a new pair of course).

We will get you fit for choir shoes this fall. 

If you have difficulty meeting the deadline for the money owed, please have your parent/guardian email me, write me a note or give me a call. Or, just stop by and chat with me. We have ways to help you out if needed…no worries!


NEW! STUDENTS ONLY-You need to join our Google Classroom and you have a couple of quick assignments there as well. Here are the codes:

Go to Google Classroom and join your class. Class codes are below:

Treble- 2gfis4w
Anchormen- eucqcdw
Singers- aa6hyqj
Acappella- cdblgqk


NEW! You have two “Getting to Know You” projects in Google Classroom. Both are due this week Friday, September 11th, by 4:00 pm. You may complete them at any time, starting now!


“5 Pictures” and is a little collage you will share. Instructions can be found in THIS LINK link below or in your Google Classroom.

Please post the completed project in Google Classroom.


This assignment is a Google Form in which you will answer a series of questions to help us get to know you better. To submit it when complete, just hit the SUBMIT button at the end of the form. If you want to get it off your Google Classroom Assignments list, just click TURNED IN in Google Classroom and you’re all good.

Here is a link to the Google Form and you will also find it listed in your Google Classroom assignments as well: CLICK HERE!


I am again going to stay in touch again this year with all things choir in a variety of ways. You likely know about the choir blog as you are looking at it right now…updated daily at: choir.monashores.net as well as good “old fashioned” email.

I am again using the REMIND text app as well. To participate in receiving text message reminders, either click directly on the link below, or simply text the ‘phone number’ 81010 or if you have trouble with that number, you can try (989) 391-0792 and enter the code below.

Parents you have the option of joining just the parent/friends group, just your child’s choir group or you can join both.


Treble- @treblemshs
Anchormen- @anchormshs
Singers- @singmshs
Acappella- @acappamshs


Treble- @mstreb2021 

Anchormen- @mstreb2021 

Singers- @mssing2021

Acappella- @msacca2021


As always, all things MSHS Choir can be found on the choir blog (updated daily) as well. Just follow this link: choir.monashores.net


NEW!! The Choir Student Executive Board (CSEB) is looking for some creative, passionate and dedicated people to be a part of it.

The Mission of the Choir Board is:

Making our world a better place through the gift of music.  

And our three goals are:

GOAL ONE: To CREATE a family atmosphere within and resonating from the choir.

GOAL TWO:  To SUPPORT the many needs and demands of the choir program.

GOAL THREE: To ENRICH the lives of people by sharing our time, talents and energy.

If being a part of the choir board’s Mission and Goals connects with you, follow the link below to learn what you need to do. Your application is due no later than next week Tuesday (Sept. 18th) at 5pm!

CSEB Info, and Application/Questions Form-CLICK HERE!


 NEW!! Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account.
Mona Shores Scrip Participants,
Please read all of the way through to find out about the new procedures for Choir Scrip.  Scrip will be held the following dates from 5:15-6:30 (please note that it is every other week except for the month of December):
Thursday, September 10 AND 24
Thursday, October 8 AND 22
Thursday, November 5 AND 19
Thursday, December 3, 10 AND 17
We will ask that you stay in your car, in the circle drive entrance of the high school. If possible, please have your form filled out and wait for your friendly scrip girl to come to your car – a form is also available here . We will need you to have your payment, cash or a check made out to MSCA, and form ready.  If you are unable to print a form, we will have one for you and ask that you take one extra copy for next time.  We will then bring your form and money into the building, fill your order, and bring your scrip back out to you.  Please check your order before you pull out and make sure it is correct. If you need a check made out, we will ask that you fill out a form that we will provide you stating who the check goes to and how much you need. 
This will be a learning curve for all of us and we sure do appreciate your patience!

Want to see how scrip can work for you? Follow this link for an example: CLICK HERE

 MOST RECENT FORM!  SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information. SCRIP Order Form – June 2019


Follow this link: Scrip Guidelines and Information

Scrip is back for fall back to school 2020!

NEW! Our scrip program is back up and running but make certain to take note of the dates! More information about the scrip program, and how you can earn money for your account that can then be spent on most things school related can be found to the right on this blog, under the Pages section.

September 10th and 21st
October 8th and 22nd
November 5th and 19th
December 3, 10 and 17th

Welcome Back Forms and Other Information, 20-21 MSHS Choir


NEW! Hello and Welcome Back!

To the right on this blog, you will find all of the forms and information you will need to begin the school year (20-21), to include:

  1. Welcome Back Letter
  2. MSHS Choir Handbook
  3. MSHS Choir Calendar
  4. Emergency/Information Record (REQUIRED ONLINE FORM)
  5. Parent Volunteer Form (REQUIRED ONLINE FORM)
  6. Ichat Form (must do every year and Required if you plan to volunteer
  7. Pre-Excused Permission Slip (the “Green Sheet”)
  8. Scrip Form and Information

“Matilda, The Musical” Officially Cancelled-Ticket Refund (Time Sensitive) Below

It is with great regret that I have to inform you that we have officially cancelled our production of “Matilda, The Musical” at Mona Shores High School, here in Muskegon, Michigan. 
Although with high hopes we kept pushing our dates forward since the March 13th shutdown of all Michigan schools, we realize we are forced to outright cancel at this point. As you know, nearly everything artistic from amatuer to professional productions, concerts and festivals of every type have been cancelled well into fall here in West Michigan and even our school is still closed at the present moment, even to staff. 
And, after sending out a survey recently to all of our cast, we realized that we no longer have total buy in from them, and many are seniors who are now about to embark on new jobs and experiences or have families who don’t consider doing this production to be safe for their kids. Lastly, even if things were to open up a bit more by July, we would still have to limit our audience sizes and that, coupled with the loss of income from having to cancel our spring “Pop Go the Sailors” show and  our annual “Young Americans” Summer Music Camp, we simply cannot afford to do the production any longer, as much as it pains us all. Needless to say, our students, families, friends and artistic staff are devastated. 

Therefore, Mona Shores High School Choir regrets that Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical” must be cancelled due to recent concerns for the health and safety of our community due to COVID-19. We ask you to consider donating your ticket purchase to support our program. If you would like to offer your purchase as a donation, no further action is needed. If you require a refund or would like to offer some of your tickets as a donation and refund some, you can email tickets@showtix4u.com with a refund request. I must warn you that the ShowTix ticket fee charges are non-refundable and I apologize for that in advance but it is beyond my control. Please make this request at your earliest convenience, as we will be officially closing down our ShowTix4u.com box office for this production on Sunday, June 21st at 7:00 pm. 

We truly appreciate your patience and your continued support, and we look forward to better times in theater ahead! 
Shawn Lawton

Pop go the Sailors “Stays Home” Audition Results

Pop go the Sailors “Stays Home” Audition Results

Congratulations to the following virtual acts that were chosen among 43 audition videos that were sent in and then scored by the staff of the MSHS Choir Department. Scoring was based upon the same criteria that we use to judge the Pop Go the Sailors when we have the auditions “live.” 

Thanks to all that took the time to audition and it was wonderful to see you all again, even if virtually. I also want to thank choir senior Timmy Schneider for pushing to make this production a reality and for mixing the sound for many of the acts, to choir senior Connor Fritz who, beginning today, will edit the videos and create a professional looking production, to our choir staff judging panel-Molly Lawton, JaiLynn Petrie and Cindy Twining for their time and expertise and to Michelle Newman who right now is creating poster art so we can still have a sign on the choir room wall for this show! 

This production will conclude with our traditional Senior “Walk-Off” complete with a Mr. Lawton speech and all of your lovely senior pictures and the reading of all choir seniors names, backed by the MSHS Alma Mater. 

I’m also very excited to announce we will again be teaming up with Andy O’Reilly and his team at MuskegonChannel.com & our local cable channel 96 to premier this virtual production. A huge shout out to them for their continual support not only of our choir but to the entire Muskegon Community! Our goal right now is to have video editing complete no later than June 1st and we will announce soon, via all types of social media, the date and time that the show will go “live” on the airways! Stay tuned. 

Here is the show line up which also includes not one, but two original “senior songs” this year, written and performed by senior members of the MSHS Choir Senior Class of 2020. 

1 Sebastian Barnett, Sophie Recknagel and Malia Swartz Who We Are – Senior Song (Original)
2 Skyler Fellows Heather by Conan Gray
3 Emily Mann On my own from the musical, “Les Miserables”
4 Raine and Alister Jackson The Lady Is A Tramp from the musical, “Babes in Arms”
5 Jake Trygstad Capable of Anything by Ben Folds
6 Jordyn Huston Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
7 Kathleen and Brooke Peterson The Climb by Miley Cyrus
8 Kayla Forman Blackbird by The Beatles
9 Megan Quigg Moonlight by Ariana Grande
10 Sebastian Barnett And Sophie Recknagel Therapy-from the musical, tick, tick…BOOM!
11 Payton and Laura Finklea Killing Me Softly by Roberta Flack
12 Alisha Livers, Jaila Martin, Makayla Cosby and Mariah Sain Before I Let Go by Beyonce
13 Ella Buikema Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
14 Jaiden Cunningham Walking After Midnight by Patsy Cline
15 Rebecca Powell River by Leon Bridges
16 Malia Swartz I Can Do Better Than That from the musical, “The Last Five Years”
17 Riley, Jake and Randi Trygstad Six Feet Apart by Luke Combs
18 Sophia Gillete Sexy from the musical “Mean Girls”
19 Raine Jackson Toxic by Britney Spears
20 Sophie Recknagel What Baking Can Do from the musical “Waitress”
21 Matt Yacoub Vienna by Billy Joel
22 Skyler Fellows and Timmy Schneider We Finally Made It – Senior Song (Original)





(Tuesday, May 19th from 4 pm until 5 pm in the MSHS east parking lot, near the orchestra room entrance toward the back of the lot)

It is important that you get this done as it is a condition of receiving your diploma this Friday. If you are unable to attend during this time frame, please contact me via email so we can figure out an alternative time to connect: lawtons@monashores.net

Hey Seniors! 

I apologize for this being last minute, but it’s the best we could do under the circumstances! 

We need to get your choir uniforms back (and some other things if you have them).


  • UNIFORM (Top, Tie, Pants) 
  • SHOES (OPTIONAL)-Only if you would like to donate them (not required)
  • FOLDER/SHEET MUSIC-IF you have it! Some of you left this in your folder slot at school. 
  • MATILDA SCRIPT (if you were in the show). If we get the go ahead to do the show in July, we will get the books back to you. But if we cannot, we don’t want to have to try and get them back later! 

Here is the plan: (If you cannot personally drop this off, perhaps someone can do so on your behalf.)


  • Hang a sign or mark your car with your name on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
  • Put all items to be collected in the back seat or trunk of your vehicle. 


  • Enter the east parking lot (Performing Arts side by the big tower/theater). Head toward the back of the lot. 
  • You will be directed to drive to up to one of three tables
  • Do not get out of your car. Pop your trunk if your stuff is in there or make sure your door is unlocked.
  • A parent volunteer (or I) will collect your stuff and make a note of everything you turned in
  • Give us a shout or a wave and head back out of the parking lot! 

NOTE:  This collection is for SENIORS ONLY. We plan to allow all current 9th-11th graders to keep their uniforms &  music folders for next school year. We will wait on Matilda scripts too for now.