As PJ Zahn brought the first annual Compass Battle of the Bands to a close with a rousing version of  ‘Uptown Funk’, the remaining revelers couldn’t stop dancing. After 8 bands, a great night of music was wrapping up just right!

Cannonball Creek was the perfect venue for this rapid style event, where each band had a Compass connection and took the stage for 30 minutes to rock the house.  The music ran the gamut, from the blues of Zed and the Misled, alt rock by Left Handed Stranger, and bluegrass from the the Blue Canyon Boys (Congrats to Blue Canyon Boys, who brought home the coveted Unicorn Trophy).

Guests were encouraged to buy tickets to vote for their favorite bands. These sales alone raised over $2,500 for Compass. Cannonball Creek generously kicked in 20% of sales (which were robust, thanks to their amazing craft ales!).

The event brought in over $4000 for Compass and provided a fantastic reason to let loose and celebrate with our talented community.

Thank you to everyone who participated and attended, and especially to all of the bands! Below are some tidbits about each band and their connection to Compass. We look forward to making this an annual tradition!

Zed and the Misled (Blues)
Abbey’s dad plays drums, with Uncle Bill on bass and Uncle Cris on guitar and vox

The Yarbles (Rock)
All 3 kids have gone to Compass starting in Children’s house!

Left Handed Stranger (Rock)
Matt’s daughter Morgan is in the farm school.

Blue Canyon Boys (Bluegrass)
Mia and Jackson both attend Compass, one at each campus. Congrats to our winner!

Compass 5 (Rock)
A brand new band that started just for the battle! Elizabeth’s (lead singer) son Jassim is in 4th grade at Golden with pianist Mike’s sons Christopher and Nicholas.

Old Fuss and Feathers (Americana)
Singer and Guitarist Tom’s children Luke and Mia are at Wheatridge.

Band on the Fence (Classic Rock)
Trent’s sons Ronin and Theo attend both campuses (you will see this same line below with PJ Zahn– what a musical family!

PJ Zahn (Party Rock)
Guitarist Andy’s daughter in in the farm school, and Julie’s sons Ronin and Theo attend both campuses.




CMEF is excited to create this website for our community. We hope to inspire both
increased volunteerism and participation in the Compass community, and build stronger connections among us. A special shout out goes to our Technology Committee, who contributed hours of work to create this information vehicle. Thank you!

Committee Members:

  • Andy Gross
  • Shannon Thomas
  • Travis Nelson
  • Michael Link
  • Karen Wills
  • Shawn Wills
  • Jeanine Mason


Bingo Volunteer SignUp

Thanks for visiting Compass’s bingo sign up. Bingo sessions are held at Slammers Bingo Hall (1878 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80232). Volunteers are asked to be at Slammers by 2:15 to get everything set up for the 3:30 session.

If you are helping with a particular classroom or have no previous bingo experience, please sign up as  General Pickle Bar volunteer.

Did you know? The cashier, pickle boss, caller and manager shifts earn double hours AND can designate $50 to the classroom of their choice each time they work bingo? These positions do require at least one training session and we are ALWAYS looking for help in those areas. If you are interested, please sign up for one of the training slots and/or contact Mari Dark at 720-254-8807 or

The 2017 Festa was the most successful yet, raising a whopping $54,773! The clinker was a big hit with the kids (and parents… and staff)– they loved the ability to lock up their teachers and request bail. We may just have some future sherriffs on our hands.

Many thanks to all of our community members that attended the night of the event. A special thanks to all of our ranch hands that generously gave auction items, hooch, in-kind donations, and a sense of humor. We couldn’t have pulled it off without our Festa Committee members, led by Julie Mannina.

A big yahoo and hats off to our 15 event sponsors and 4 in-kind sponsors (check them out on the sponsorship page).

The paddle raise for Ms. Bridget didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.

Be sure to join us this year for the 2018 Old Westa Festa on April 7th.

Compass Parent Teacher Association works to build community and support Compass students and staff. Our PTSA sponsors events throughout the year and raises funds to address Compass needs. These funds are distributed as grants and may be anything from purchasing a greenhouse for student use to paying a veterinarian bill for a sick pig on the farm.

To learn and participate with the Compass PTSA, please visit them at:

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