Coach Elia was born in Pasadena, California, and was raised in Southern California, where he graduated from Glendora High School. After earning an AA Degree from Citrus Jr. College, he continued his education at Fresno State with a B.A. Degree in Physical Education. He has been at Neutra School since graduating from Fresno State.
Coach Elia is married and has 2 children. He loves all sports, with long distance running as his favorite hobby.
Track Information for the 2014 Season listed below.
Track Parent Letter
Physical Education for
1st - 5th Grade
I’m very pleased to announce that Neutra School has been the recipient of a DODEA grant that is specifically directed towards the improvement of physical fitness and health for our students. This grant will enable Neutra to reinstate a Physical Education Program for first through fifth grade students. Classes will meet two times a week. Classes will commence on January 13, 2014.
Students should wear comfortable clothes and proper footwear on their PE days. If your child has to miss Physical Education because of a medical reason a brief note from a parent or guardian should be turned in. Please inform me if your child is to be out of Physical Education for an extended amount of time. We will meet indoors on days in which there is poor air quality.
Wills: Monday and Tuesday
Buryta: Monday and Thursday
Gregorich: Tuesday and Wednesday
Thayer: Thursday and Friday
Anderson: Tuesday and Friday
Escola: Wednesday and Friday
Rosa: Tuesday and Wednesday
Rapoza: Wednesday and Friday
Thomas: Tuesday and Thursday
Gosschalk: Wednesday and Friday
Ramos: Wednesday and Friday
Cunningham: Thursday and Friday
Springer: Tuesday and Thursday
Denny: Wednesday and Friday
Smyers: Thursday and Friday
Taylor: Wednesday and Thursday
Flores: Tuesday and Wednesday
The purpose of the intramural/team sports program is to give students an opportunity to play on sports such as Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Track. This program will be conducted after school and is open to all students who wish to participate. The goal is to improve their skill levels and provide a positive experience of being on an athletic team.
Physical Fitness Testing
Physical fitness testing is mandated for fifth grade. The window for the 2013-14 school year is February 11th to April 11th. The test is composed of the following six fitness areas:
- Aerobic Capacity (One Mile Run Test)
- Abdominal (Curl-up Test)
- Flexibility (Sit and Reach Test)
- Body Composition (Body Mass Index)
- Upper Body Strength (Push-up Test)
- Trunk Extensor Strength (Trunk Lift Test)
For more information see the following website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf/
Physical Education Class Description
P.E. classes meet weekly at each site.
Letter grades are not given.
P.E. classes provide a safe environment where all students, no matter their athletic ability, feel free to participate without embarrassment. Good sportsmanship, safety, and positive attitude are stressed on a daily bases. The goal is for all students to be successful and to have fun.
Fitness Zone Description
The new Fitness Rooms will house some innovating technological fitness equipment including: The Smart Trainer, The Makoto, and DanceDance Revolution (See for more demonstration video: http://multisensoryfitness.com), along with four Kinec X-box Systems. These rooms will be available for students during Physical Education Classes. There will also be scheduled for 4th and 5th grade for after-school Fitness Friday.
Our school has adapted The Peaceful Playgrounds. The five areas that Peaceful Playground targets:
- Conflict Resolution (Students are taught to solve problems peacefully)
- Rules of Games (Consistency of the game rules are available to playground supervisors)
- Equipment (Available for all students)
- Expectations (Positively relate to peers)
- Designs (Painting of game activities on the blacktops)
Neutra Mileage Club Run
This is a weekly/monthly activity where students participate in the activity of running, jogging/walking at their respective campus. Students are encourage to set goals to see how much distance they can cover. Students’ progress is recorded and they are awarded for efforts.